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    How I find tinkering with electronics therapeutic. Fixing old VCRs etc

    So I have always enjoyed fixing and taking stuff apart since I was little. Not only has this become one of my favorite hobbies but it has also helped with stress and anxiety. Like the other day I was given a bunch of cool free stuff to play around with and tinkering/learning etc. There was an oscilloscope that worked, some old av receivers, a VCR and a tape deck. I had been stress out with my HA that day and realized that I had completely forgotten about whatever pains I was having that day and didn't even realize it! I had been messing around with this cool oscilloscope and I think that somehow took my mind off of it and somehow the pain vanished. Kind of weired really. As I enjoy e-cycling I get donations for my learning and that I can fix up to use and sell or scrap. Whenever I am restoring some old VCR or radio or whatever it is like some kind of therapy which appears to somehow calm my anxiety and I find it relaxing. Is this weired or does anyone elce do the same too? I would like to hear! I hope this might also help other sufferers of Health Anxiety. If this is too irrelevant for this subforum I apologize.

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    Re: How I find tinkering with electronics therapeutic. Fixing old VCRs etc

    Quote Originally Posted by thewarrior93 View Post
    If this is too irrelevant for this subforum I apologize.
    Not at all irrelevant to me, Warrior! I've spent many thousands of hours taking stuff apart and sometimes putting it back together again In fact, a chunk of my working life as a mechanical engineer was involved with doing just that - reverse engineering as it would be called these days.

    Not so hot on modern electronics, or certainly not silicon chip/microprocessor stuff. But valves (vacuum tubes) and amplifiers - fascinating 'old tech'!

    Strangely, until I developed GAD etcetera, I could become absorbed in any strip down/reassembly job to the point where I'd lose all track of time. But when the GAD fully developed, a peculiar form of OCD came with it. I would end up stripping and reassembling multiple times, fully believing I'd missed something vitally important. Eventually I could no longer do this sort of work because of the paralysing anxiety it provoked.

    Nowadays, my interest is returning and unless I'm stressed or feel that there's a time constraint or that the job's too 'serious', I can get some enjoyment from 'tatting about' (as my Dad used to call it).

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    funny you mension tubes! I was just given a tube tester in a trade last week. Was told the things use to be in drugstores and you would bring your tubes to be tested. Lots of gauges/knobs and diles to keep one's mind busy. Was great hearing your experience with similar methodology and how sometimes it can backfire like that. I remember my OCD getting so severe like that too! I would obsess about electrocution this, contamination that, douting this, failure that. Glad that phase is behind me now.

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    Re: How I find tinkering with electronics therapeutic. Fixing old VCRs etc

    Quote Originally Posted by thewarrior93 View Post
    funny you mension tubes! I was just given a tube tester in a trade last week. Was told the things use to be in drugstores and you would bring your tubes to be tested. Lots of gauges/knobs and diles to keep one's mind busy.
    I've heard of such a thing but never seen one! All my testing is done with a digital meter (and the old method of sticking the valve in the socket and seeing if it lights up or blows up!).

    Happy tinkering and long may it continue!

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    I tinker with my RC cars.
    I find it relaxing and time flies.
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    Re: How I find tinkering with electronics therapeutic. Fixing old VCRs etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Phill2 View Post
    I tinker with my RC cars.
    I find it relaxing and time flies.
    Phill… I used to design and build two channel RC gliders – time flew, but the planes often didn’t.

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    That's why I gave up on planes 30yrs ago
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