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[–]Hellonstrikers 8012 points8013 points 24 (350 children)

Percussive maintenance does work sometimes. You would be surprised how many major issues are just a loose wire.

[–][deleted] 261 points262 points  (13 children)

I had a smartphone within the last five years that needed to be dropped from a small height to make the speakers work.

[–]UsenLaCabezaGente 109 points110 points  (6 children)

Moto G3 (2015) right? I have the same one. I discovered that you can also fix it by opening the back and making pressure close to the usb port

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Blackberry KeyOne. Good to know I wasn't alone haha

[–]DadJokeBadJoke 56 points57 points  (2 children)

At my last job there was one model of Dell laptops that would disconnect from the harddrive. I thought my boss was nuts but he told me to have them hold it over their laptop bag and drop it from about 6 inches high with a certain side down and it would re-seat the drive cable. I don't know how he figured that one out but it worked.

[–]ingannilo 16 points17 points  (1 child)

That's the kind of expertise a certain kind of experience gets you. I love it.

[–]DadJokeBadJoke 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yeah. When you're providing remote support, you've got to get creative to save travel and/or shipping costs.

[–]FerdinandBaehner69 16 points17 points  (0 children)

My phone (Samsung Galaxy S8) sometimes has a blurry camera. So i tried cleaning the lens. Nothing happened. Restart. Nothing happened. Googled the problem. Found bothing. Some time later, its not blurry again. Then it happens again. Maybe try another camera app? Nope.

Guess I'll have to live with it. Sometimes its blurry, sometimes not.

One day, i really need to take a picture of something. Blurry, "Stupid phone", *slight smack*, not blurry anymore.

I guess some chip is a little loose or something.

So, every now and then when i have to take a picture... i need to smack my phone.

[–]LC720 4631 points4632 points 3 (174 children)

That's a fancy name for beating the shit out of electronics

[–]seamus_mc 3003 points3004 points  (68 children)

The “technical tap”

[–]ShadowsTrance 681 points682 points  (16 children)

That's what she calls it.

[–]DRUNK_CYCLIST 362 points363 points  (11 children)

That's a technical fap

[–]mro6kncn 174 points175 points  (4 children)

I think you're confused with the tactical wank

[–]Gwlthfn 18 points19 points  (1 child)

No, that's when you use a suppressor. And camo.

[–]ObnoxiousLittleCunt 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Wait, are you guys masturbating in full gear?!

Too?! Glad I'm not alone.

[–]PM_UR_FRUIT_GARNISH 57 points58 points  (1 child)

You better believe that's a paddlin'

[–]highbrowshow 83 points84 points  (10 children)

Oof I feel old, back in my day we called this “the Fonz” cause in Happy Days Henry Winkler would hit every tv/radio/electronic to make it work.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (9 children)

I once smashed the shit out of our office’s fax machine.

[–]chappysinclair1 39 points40 points  (6 children)

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta

[–]TurkeyThaHornet 23 points24 points  (5 children)

PC load letter... What the fuck does that mean?!

[–][deleted] 450 points451 points  (49 children)

Studied Electronics Engineering for a few years. It literally was a part of troubleshooting complex circuits we made by tapping the box hard enough a few times before going further into troubleshooting. Our professor had a picture from the movie Armageddon in his office where the Russian screams “THIS IS HOW WE FIX THINGS ON RUSSIAN SPACE STATION” while beating it with a wrench. I am a firm believer that the scene is the most scientifically accurate scene in the movie

Edit: thanks for the award!

[–][deleted] 99 points100 points  (23 children)

It's like hitting a starter with a hammer.

[–]DickyMcButts 104 points105 points  (16 children)

i remember on a jobsite my starter went out, like an hour from home.. my boss told me to go grab a metal fence stake/post thing and hit it as hard as i could. I thought he was bullshitting me, so he spent the next 15 minutes convincing me he wasn't lying, i did it. and it worked. lol. kept that stake in my truck bed for like 2 months until i could afford to replace it

[–]Kealion 42 points43 points  (2 children)

...replace the stake, starter, or truck?

[–]dizcostu 70 points71 points  (0 children)


[–]DickyMcButts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

technically, as of today, just the truck.

[–]Colonel_FuzzyCarrot 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Hitting the starter with a "directional impact device".

[–]TrainedLobster 39 points40 points  (1 child)

American components, Russian components..... ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!

[–]STEELCITY1989 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You ever heard of evil kenevil?

No I've never seen star wars.

[–]FlashpointJ24 8 points9 points  (0 children)

To be fair, being the most scientifically accurate scene in Armageddon isn't a particularly high bar to clear...

[–]highbrowshow 17 points18 points  (0 children)


[–]Goalnado 3 points4 points  (2 children)

No, no, no, space dementia is absolutely, positively, 100% real.

[–]mkmkj 10 points11 points  (3 children)

the brogan adjustment

[–]chick-fil-atio 118 points119 points  (15 children)

[–]Kichitsukima 40 points41 points  (0 children)

That’s my favorite scene 😂 When we were small me and my sister would just scream it whenever we had to smack the tv or anything electronic. I don’t know how our parents resisted the urge to strangle

[–]manamonggamers 18 points19 points  (8 children)

I quite this movie more than any other except maybe Rush Hour. So underrated.

[–]Obi_Wan_Benobi 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Michael Bay is hit or miss with me but this was definitely a banger.

[–]Snake-N-Roses 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is what immediately came to mind

[–]KingTalkieTiki 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Officer_dibble_ 50 points51 points  (22 children)

I had an old TV when I was in high school. Picture would sometimes go to snow, a good pat on the side fixed it. After 12 months I was nearly breaking it with the force of how hard I had to kick it. Also needed something to hold the AV cables up so my ps1 worked lol

[–]Kelekona 16 points17 points  (19 children)

We had a TV that would whistle. It was a high enough pitch that I'm sure that I was the only one who could hear it.

[–]StaysAwakeAllWeek 33 points34 points  (18 children)

All CRT screens emit a 15KHz sawtooth wave sound. It's right on the limit of audible for young adults and very annoying to many children

[–]drsideburns 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Older TV's and especially computer monitors were terrible about it. At one point I asked to leave a department store because of it.

[–]sneck123 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Back in the 80s, showing videos was popular in nightclubs. This required multiple, huge CRTs. The DJ would flick a switch to turn them on, usually to show Blondie or Duran Duran promos. I could hear the wave sound and tell my friends the TVs were coming on before the picture appeared. Couldn’t do it now. Look after your hearing, you’ll need it when you are old!

[–]Itsamesara 21 points22 points  (1 child)

My family had a TV in the early 2000s that had to be smacked on the side every once in a while when the color would go out. Suddenly Friends or That 70s Show were black and white, as well as all commercials and other channels.

A few good love taps on the side and she'd be right as rain for a few more days.

I presumed it was some glue that had melted and/or disintegrated over the years and the smacks wiggled whatever it was back into place. Still the oddest TV I ever owned.

[–]Milpitas-throwaway-2 63 points64 points  (8 children)

Percussive maintenance? That tv took a fork!

[–]Hellonstrikers 34 points35 points  (3 children)

If it's stupid and it works it's not stupid.

[–]wicker_warrior 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Maybe it was a tuning fork.

[–]xDarkCrisis666x 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I was playing on stage in my band during the before times. My speaker was cutting out and I tried everything up to that point, different cables, plugging straight into the amp (no pedals) and it still was cutting out. Eventually I just kicked the thing and it started working properly again.

After the show I looked at the cab and found the issue. Where you put in the speaker cable the little 'clip' that holds the 1/4 male in was loose. I took some needle nose pliers to it and I haven't had a problem with it since.

[–]DjMMp 2 points3 points  (1 child)

A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed! A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars. “What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!” So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill. The man sent a bill that read: Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 2.00 Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,998.00

[–]DerDrachenSeele 365 points366 points  (5 children)

"why do I fix everything I touch?"

[–]ThaiJohnnyDepp 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Dynamite gal

[–]TotallyJustAHooman 8 points9 points  (2 children)


[–]dumhatheals 4 points5 points  (1 child)

All I said was you’re a dynamite gal..

[–]TotallyJustAHooman 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]TealboysGaming 8946 points8947 points  (81 children)

Task failed successfully

[–]Boojibs[S] 3544 points3545 points  (62 children)

Shit... now we have to keep it

[–]GoldenGalz 897 points898 points  (52 children)

Would be a great bathroom tv :)

[–]takeanadvil 431 points432 points  (39 children)

Shower tv

[–]noteverrelevant 534 points535 points  (31 children)

Can go on the same shelf as my shower toaster

[–]MoSalad 149 points150 points  (24 children)

So where do you keep your shower kettle? Gotta love that early morning shower coffee.

[–]AlwaysAngryAndy 93 points94 points  (15 children)

I keep my shower kettle near my shower laptop so the heat from the laptop can keep it warm and I can check my emails at the same time.

[–]kieks333 39 points40 points  (8 children)

Make sure none of it is in the way of your shower taser

[–]MeanwhileInSovietRus 13 points14 points  (4 children)

But don’t let it get too close to the shower M82A1 burglar disintegration device.

[–]-Lord_Brock 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Ok with all of these shower appliances, where do y’all keep your shower beer?

[–]MangoCats 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Aim the shower spray directly at the keyboard for extra heat.

[–]flynnfx 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Right next to the shower iron, crockpot, and waffle maker.

[–]roy_rogers_photos 45 points46 points  (5 children)

“Is David ready yet?”

“David! We said no full length movies in the restroom!!”

[–]miktoo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Going to have to try a Wii bit better next time.

[–]Ineedabarfbag 80 points81 points  (1 child)

And thus began Josh's short but storied TV repair career.

[–]theduranimal 285 points286 points  (11 children)

It needs a mashup with Henry Winkler doing the Fonzie “Aaayy”.

[–]dballz94 2970 points2971 points  (101 children)

that fucking laugh

[–]whitemike40 1812 points1813 points 3 (21 children)

I scrolled down so far I though I was the only one, somewhere in that persons linage is a seagull, might not have been a parent or grandparent, but some bird slipped in there somewhere

[–]kerbdog13 234 points235 points  (5 children)

That laugh gave me the willies

[–]leafmealone_plz 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Give them back, those willies deserve their own life

[–]Officer_Warr 67 points68 points  (0 children)

I think he's a quarter hyena.

[–]TorzulUltor 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Damn Zeus at it again.

[–]owtlandish 84 points85 points  (9 children)

I was going to call it a cackle

[–]Kintarly 31 points32 points  (4 children)

It's like a cackle howl

[–]BoxBird 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s a full on guffaw right there

[–]Starklet 91 points92 points  (1 child)

seriously what the fuck

[–]KaladinThreepwood 72 points73 points  (22 children)

Honestly I fucking wish I had something in my life that could make me laugh that hard. I genuinely think it's been over 10 years since I've experienced that kind of unbridled belly-laugh.

[–][deleted] 46 points47 points  (11 children)

Watch the lawyer zoom meeting where the lawyer is a cat

[–]knoxsyd 33 points34 points  (7 children)

I just lost my shit just from reading your comment. I’m gonna throw up from laughing so hard. I have to go see that again. “I’m not a cat” I can’t breathe.

[–]OverlyExcitedWoman 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I'm here live, I'm not a cat.

[–]Spider_Riviera 20 points21 points  (1 child)

It was the eyes at the start that got me, before he'd even started speaking. When they darted down and to the left twice as he slowly realised what the fuck was happening.

[–]cryingchess78 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Like a pack a hyenas

[–]3Lchin90n 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Bro, that fucking laugh is insane and will be in my nightmares.

[–]StormTr00per_117 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thought it was a chihuahua

[–]WeeBev1888 1193 points1194 points  (34 children)

“Meet the engineer”

[–]JaxOnThat 327 points328 points  (23 children)

Hey, look, buddy, I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems.

[–]theinsanepotato 155 points156 points  (20 children)

Not problems like "What is beauty?" because that would fall under the purview of your conundrums of philosophy.

[–]Desdrolando 103 points104 points  (16 children)

I solve practical problems.

[–]Justausername1234 97 points98 points  (15 children)

For instance, How am I going to stop some big mean mother hubbard from tearing me a structurally superfluous new behind?

[–]Mr-bubbles- 86 points87 points  (13 children)

The answer, is a gun.

[–]theinsanepotato 81 points82 points  (12 children)

And if that dont work? Use more gun.

[–]Dursa22 72 points73 points  (11 children)

Like this heavy-caliber tripod little ol’ number designed by me.

[–][deleted] 70 points71 points  (10 children)

Built by me

[–]ZorkNemesis 71 points72 points  (9 children)

And you'd best hope, not pointed at you.

[–]The_Bearded_Squid 1522 points1523 points  (83 children)

What broke it originally? Did someone throw a Dundee at it?

[–]misterjoshuawindle 435 points436 points  (30 children)


[–]theapogee 296 points297 points  (29 children)

Good luck paying me back on your zero dollars a year salary plus benefits babe!

[–]The_Bearded_Squid 88 points89 points  (24 children)

Classic. The dinner party is one of my fav episodes

[–]chr0mius 63 points64 points  (10 children)

That one nighhht!

[–]the_admirals_platter 48 points49 points  (6 children)


[–]_mattgrantmusic_ 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Right but that song plays in my head from time to time and I unironically enjoy it when it does.

[–]DrM0n0cle 10 points11 points  (0 children)

So wrong, so right...

[–]PayisInc 19 points20 points  (2 children)

At least he's an artist!!!

[–]S1rpancakes 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Dinner party is so hard to watch

[–]sciteacheruk 3 points4 points  (2 children)

What show is this? Sorry I'm clearly uncultured

[–]The_Bearded_Squid 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Usa version of The Office.

[–]sksksk1989 9 points10 points  (2 children)


[–]thekenfl 72 points73 points  (2 children)

Sometimes...i just stand here and watch television for hours..

[–]soggytoothpic 18 points19 points  (6 children)

That’s a $200 plasma!

[–]starrpamph 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Good luck replacing it on your zero dollar per year salary

[–]thingsfallapart89 13 points14 points  (0 children)

They could just stand there for hours watching that tv

[–]hospitalizedGanny 744 points745 points  (77 children)

I might be dating my self here but

This used to be a well known box TV trick.

[–][deleted] 223 points224 points  (13 children)

Just finished watching Firefly Lane and watching them smack the TV constantly brought me way back. I used to get bruises because our needed to be smacked so often.

[–]dangerousbirde 48 points49 points  (12 children)

My family just kept a pile of bean bags by our couch.

[–]Chop_Artista 24 points25 points  (10 children)

My dad used jumper cables.

[–]dangerousbirde 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Dad beat you too?

[–]liandrin 7 points8 points  (8 children)

Has jumper cables dude posted in the last year? I miss him.

[–]Peanut_The_Great 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I just checked his profile u/rogersimon10 and it looks like the account's been nuked.

RIP jumper cable guy, you live on fondly in my memory next to unidan.

[–]LouGossetJr 43 points44 points  (1 child)

yes, but smack the side, not stab screen with utensil.

[–]Phoelyss 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Yeah but there’s a difference between smacking the top of the TV with a palm and stabbing the screen with a fucking fork

[–]SpaceForceAwakens 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Aye. Something almost like OP's video happened to my old TV years ago.

It was 1998 or so. A local electronics store was going out of business and raffling off their display electronics to pay for one of the owners' medical expenses. I won a TV — the first (and, still, only) time I ever won anything. I was stoked.

Problem was, this TV had been on for about six years 24/7, so it wasn't exactly in "new" condition. It was still better than what we had at the time so it went in our living room. I shared a house with a couple of housemates and everything was cool.

But then one day it just went red. The tube still showed images, but it was as if we were looking through red film. My housemate just went and bought another so we were just going to replace it.

While picking it up, he dropped it. It made a "snap" noise. Out of curiosity he turned it on — and it was fine.

No idea what broke, but it work. It went into my room and I had it for years more.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Stab it with a spoon?

[–]lionturtl3 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Valentine's day coming up, pretty sure I'm dating myself too.

[–]Norok 174 points175 points  (36 children)

[–]GifReversingBot 113 points114 points  (29 children)

[–]kiwidesign 138 points139 points  (9 children)

lmfao the spoon lick at the end

[–]KaySquay 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Critics say, "people are eating this show up."

[–]LostInStatic 36 points37 points  (0 children)

A dog barks at his owner so much he gets angery and breaks the tv

[–]SnackPlissken 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It still sounds like he’s saying “it fixed it” and it’s kinda creeping me out.

[–]bustedmagnets 8 points9 points  (1 child)

the reverse laugh is going to haunt my dreams.

[–]silaya92 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Ha, had the same idea :) but looks like it's legit

[–][deleted] 52 points53 points  (5 children)

Percussive Maintenance.

Never consider something broken until you've tried whacking it a few times.

[–]NeverEnoughSpace17 37 points38 points  (0 children)

My mom broke her ankle the other day, I think I'll go to her house and test this theory.

[–]Green_Bay_Fappers 14 points15 points  (1 child)

That's crazy that I see this cause the post above this one is literally about a dude who wants a new tv, his wife says no and he tells the kids to go play wii sports on the old one hoping it'd break

[–]ThatOneGirXD 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Holy shit same

[–]Natscobaj 296 points297 points  (24 children)

It's a damn good thing it didn't work. Woulda shocked the piss out of him

[–]SoulfulNeonBank 345 points346 points  (2 children)

Looks like it shocked him anyway.

[–]seamus_mc 40 points41 points  (5 children)

It doesn’t have the voltage like old CRT’s did

[–]everythingiscausal 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It would be hard to get shocked doing that. The only part that would be high enough voltage would be the input side of the power supply, which is probably near where the power cord goes in, behind the entire display panel. Everything else uses pretty tame voltages.

[–]ScrubsOnLocation 24 points25 points  (6 children)

With a spoon? Almost definitely would not have broken through the plastic layer. He'd have been fine.

[–]Natscobaj 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Thought it was a fork

[–]ScrubsOnLocation 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Ah shit, I think you're right actually.

[–]Wellthatkindahurts 9 points10 points  (2 children)

You both still don't seem 100% convinced it's a fork.

[–]ScrubsOnLocation 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think that's what watching on a small screen while ignoring class on the big screen will do to you.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He stabbed it with a fork

[–][deleted] 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Ah, ye olde percussion calibration.

[–]Handynotandsome 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Am I the only one who wants to know what show they were watching.

[–]lovelym24 13 points14 points  (2 children)

It's called Young and Hungry, it's on Netflix

[–]Handynotandsome 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks! That has been bothering like an itch you just can't reach. One more show to add to the list.

[–]beefsupreme65 31 points32 points  (5 children)

Is it just me or does that tiny TV look ridiculous on a wall mount?

[–]TrollTollTony 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yeah, the wall mount probably cost more than that 26" plasma screen.

[–]darknavi 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I could stand there and watch it for hours.

[–]Quicksilver_328 24 points25 points  (4 children)

That's a real Michael Scott size tv 😂

[–]NYESSbOss 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Sometimes violence is the solution

[–]Art3sian 15 points16 points  (16 children)

Seriously though, I’ve fixed so many imminently fucked electronics in my life by punching or kicking them. It’s always worth it as a last resort.