10 Reasons It’s STILL Cool to Fix Things

CoolFixNearly 3 years ago, this was one of this blog’s first posts. In the spirit of the renewed New Year (and to get myself blogging again) I’m reposting it, because it still rings true.

Why it’s STILL cool to fix things:
1. We live in a throw-away society, particularly here in the U.S. Repairing the old whatsit, so you don’t have to go buy a new whatsit, may seem like placing one small twig to hold back the flood of consumerism, but if everybody started doing it, we’d eventually have built a big ol’ dam, and become a more self-reliant people in the process.

2. There is beauty in function, and satisfaction in restoring it. This is true whether you’re finally hearing an engine roar to life when you turn the key, or watching a webpage load flawlessly after you’ve debugged the code, or fastening the new button you sewed on your old shirt. Fixing something feels good.

Read on…

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The Signs, They Are a Changin’

Well, the shop’s been without a sign for well over a month. The old one was looking really faded, and a failed touch-up and stencil attempt by one-who-will-remain-nameless had left us with just the word JOHN’s — with a backward-facing N! — on one side.

Overheard a neighborhood couple walking by one evening. The guy said, “Hey, their N is backwards,” and his wife replied, “Oh, that’s been that way for years.”

Ouch.

Peter and Will with the new sign

Peter and Will with the new sign

But — drumroll, please — John’s now has a brand-new sign, courtesy of famed Santa Cruz artist and muralist Peter Bartczak of Clownbank Studio. We built Peter a compressor, and he painted us an awesome new sign.

And — longer drumroll — we’re talking plans to put an actual mural on the big blank wall along the side of the shop. Peter’s designing a homage to Nikola Tesla—inventor of the AC induction motor, among many other visionary things. A fitting artwork for an electric motor repair shop for sure. More details coming soon.

Signing off for now…

Nameless no more!

Nameless no more!

10 Reasons It’s Cool to Fix Things

CoolFixWhy it’s cool to fix things:
1. Let’s start with one of the most obvious. We live in a throw-away society, particularly here in the U.S. Repairing the old whatsit, so you don’t have to go buy a new whatsit, may seem like placing one small twig to hold back the flood of consumerism, but if everybody started doing it, we’d eventually have built a big ol’ dam, and become a more self-reliant people in the process.

2. There is beauty in function, and satisfaction in restoring it. This is true whether you’re finally hearing an engine roar to life when you turn the key, or watching a webpage load flawlessly after you’ve debugged the code, or fastening the new button you sewed on your old shirt. Fixing something feels good.

Read on…

New Year, New Blog

A blog for an electric motor repair shop? Seriously? Well, these days it seems like everyone online has got a blog and gotta blog, so why not give it a go.

To date the John’s Electric Motor Service website has had nearly 700 views and close to 300 visitors. OK, hardly earthshaking, and perhaps some simply got lost in their search for Papa John’s Pizza. But for a local, long-time old-school motor repair shop that just got on board the Internet engine last July, it’s pretty exciting to have people find us online. And, thus, we begin the John’s Electric Motor Blog… because it’s cool to fix things.

Stay tuned for posts about:

  • What’s On the Workbench (some of the interesting jobs that come through the shop)
  • Electric Motor Lore (for the motor geeks among us)
  • Question Box (things people ask us through the website or in person)
  • Motor Haiku (the zen of motor repair and finding the poetry in the practical pursuit of making things work again)

Motor Haiku 1

how the world is run?
electromagnetism
motors everywhere


Let us know what you think. (Wheaton’s Law applies…)