Not everything should be repaired, despite the aspiration to do so


This photo was posted by a contact of mine and so thank you Peter for spotting it. However along with the irony of the bell not having been repaired, the reality is that some things need to be identified as having reached the end of their lives and removed and replaced. A classic example is a commercial location I visited earlier in the week which has an audio system that is more than 20 years old. The client is keen to replace a number of items, but the existing speakers are the one item he would like us to retain, presumably because of the impact of removing and replacing the speakers in one go. Yet they are not high quality items and being more than 20 years old and given that several are no longer working, the most effective approach is to ditch them all and replace them now. Otherwise they will continue to fail over the next few years and at each step the replacement will add to the overall cost and environmental impact which means that by the time all of the speakers have been replaced, the overall cost will be much higher than replacing them all at the same time as the rest of the system is replaced!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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