I'm for getting use out of something until it just flat isn't fixable anymore. My wife laughs the Maytag repairman would starve to death if everybody in the world was like me. For example, pair of decent, well broken in, Carolina boots...the lug sole on them starts peeling off from the toe. Repair with one of my favorite products, Shoe Goo. Peel the toe part back, squirt a generous portion between sole and shoe, then use some #6x1/2" sheet metal screws in the outside edges to secure the lug sole to the shoe.....like they should have done to start with ! Shoe Goo is great stuff....not just for shoes, but lots of things. Get a small tear in a goose down coat, or sleeping bag, and start "molting".....little dab of SG will stop that ! Appliances: Got a GE fridge with ice/water in the door. Little plastic panel on the outside covers the switches on a circuit board behind it. Fool plastic has worn thru on the ice/water button ! Replacement cover is a 158 bucks, cheapest I could find.....no way. Took a postage stamp sized piece of aluminum duct tape, right over the worn out plastic.....works like a charm....and 158 bucks cheaper. GE (noticing a theme here ?) washing machine. You turn the dial to select the load type, then push this "Start" button to get the thing going. Well, the start button started not working couple years back...or she would have to push it a bunch of times, and maybe it would work, and maybe come back later and try. Even got to the point I was at Lowe's about a year ago, and bought the last Hotpoint washer they had, or were ever gonna get again, with all manual controls, no circuit board nothing. Of course, THEN the fool GE never missed a lick again until the last week or so. The start button is tiny micro switch built onto the board....the board, of course, is $200. Confirmed it was the switch by removing the board, jumping across the soldered contacts, and the machine runs. The switch itself is tiny...about 5/16" square, two pins that stick thru the board and soldered. Probably no way I'd find a replacement, or be successful at removing the old one and getting a new one on the board., nor do they want you to repair it instead of buying the whole board......so I'm gonna simply solder two wires to the contacts, and run them to a REAL switch, like this one from Home Depot for 5 bucks, and drill out a mounting hole in the face panel, and use it instead.