History Main / PercussiveMaintenance

6th Feb '16 6:22:11 AM Khathi
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** Another Soviet standard, the AK-47 and its clones and offspring are infamous for their simplicity and reliability. On the off chance anything ''does'' go wrong with one, though, there's more than a few incidences where the solution was "hit rifle with hammer." Debris causing stoppage? Hit the receiver with a hammer til the debris falls out. Firing pin eating chunks of the primers? Hit the firing pin with a hammer until it stops doing that. Handguard catch fire because you overheated it? Hit the furniture with a hammer until it's extinguished or the furniture falls off, whichever causes your rifle to stop being on fire first. Because of its simplicity --"an elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood," as it was famously put in ''Film/LordOfWar''-- the AK can take this abuse in stride and keep working right through the fix.
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** Another Soviet standard, the AK-47 and its clones and offspring are infamous for their simplicity and reliability. On the off chance anything ''does'' go wrong with one, though, there's more than a few incidences where the solution was "hit rifle with hammer." Debris causing stoppage? Hit the receiver with a hammer til the debris falls out. Firing pin eating chunks of the primers? Hit primers?Hit the firing pin with a hammer until it stops doing that. Handguard catch fire because you overheated it? Hit the furniture with a hammer until it's extinguished or the furniture falls off, whichever causes your rifle to stop being on fire first. Bolt is stuck due to a stovepiped or disintegrated brass? Pry the (remains of) brass off with pliers and whack the charging handle with a hammer until it moves again. Because of its simplicity --"an elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood," as it was famously put in ''Film/LordOfWar''-- the AK can take this abuse in stride and keep working right through the fix.

* Related to destructive repair techniques is "Baking", a delicate and highly technical process of getting a video card with screen artifacting to work again by literally baking it in a 380F oven for 8-10 minutes. [[http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=606658 Of particular interest to Nvidia 8800 and 9800 owners]]. This works because official way of mounting a BGA chip on a board is baking it in a special oven. Re-baking in a home oven restores any disconnected solder joints the chips may have.
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* Related to destructive repair techniques is "Baking", "Baking" (officially, "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflow_soldering reflow soldering]]"), a delicate and highly technical process of getting a video card with screen artifacting to work again by literally baking it in a 380F oven for 8-10 minutes. [[http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=606658 Of particular interest to Nvidia 8800 and 9800 owners]]. This works because official way of mounting a BGA chip on a board is baking it in a special oven. oven, and some formulations of the modern leadless solder have a tendency to crack under repeated thermal stress, disconnecting the chip's pins. Re-baking the board in a home oven restores any disconnected solder joints the chips may have.
26th Jan '16 1:09:47 AM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', in "Stuck Up," before giving his toy, a bulldozer named Riggo, to Doc to fix, the boy had tried banging it with no success.
19th Jan '16 4:09:47 PM Mitis
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* ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast'': In Chapter 1 (Chapter 2 if you count the Prologue), when Dexter fails to register Ho-Oh, Ash hits the machine with his hand to restore its memories. It registers Ho-Oh… and reports that it has data on pretty much all Pokémon in existence up to this point… and then reveals himself to have become a fully functional AI.
9th Jan '16 7:04:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* While not a computer with the same mindset as your early PC, the Austrailian Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) sometimes required a great deal of "impact maintenance" when instrument [=ROMs=] were inserted via floppy disk so the buggers wouldn't jam. Despite these limitations, their use has been lauded and seen by many top-tier artists of {{the Eighties}} and even early [[Main/TheNineties Nineties]], from producers [[Music/TheBuggles Trevor]] [[Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood Horn]] and {{Brian Eno}}, to musicians {{Mike Oldfield}}, {{Peter Gabriel}}, [[TV/MiamiVice Jan Hammer]] and {{Stevie Wonder}}. That, and only ~300 units were made at a [[CrackIsCheaper starting price of $25,000.]]
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* While not a computer with the same mindset as your early PC, the Austrailian Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) sometimes required a great deal of "impact maintenance" when instrument [=ROMs=] were inserted via floppy disk so the buggers wouldn't jam. Despite these limitations, their use has been lauded and seen by many top-tier artists of {{the Eighties}} and even early [[Main/TheNineties Nineties]], from producers [[Music/TheBuggles Trevor]] [[Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood Horn]] and {{Brian Music/{{Brian Eno}}, to musicians {{Mike Music/{{Mike Oldfield}}, {{Peter Music/{{Peter Gabriel}}, [[TV/MiamiVice Jan Hammer]] and {{Stevie Music/{{Stevie Wonder}}. That, and only ~300 units were made at a [[CrackIsCheaper starting price of $25,000.]]
25th Dec '15 4:45:49 PM MRAustin
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* Apollo 14: While running through the pre-PDI checklist, Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell noticed that the abort light had come on, indicating that the computer had gone straight into abort mode. If this happened during the actual burn the computer would abort the descent and that would be mission over as there'd no longer be enough fuel for another attempt at landing. They got the light to go out by tapping on the console with a pen. Of course this was only a temporary fix, and a more elegant solution requires some in-flight reprogramming of the guidance computer (by tricking it into thinking it was already in abort mode it would not monitor the status of the abort button). The moment is recreated in the Apollo 14 episode of ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon''.
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* Apollo 14: While running through the pre-PDI checklist, Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell noticed that the abort light had come on, indicating that the computer had gone straight into abort mode. If this happened during the actual burn the computer would abort the descent and that would be mission over as there'd no longer be enough fuel for another attempt at landing. They got the light to go out by tapping on the console with a pen. Of course this was only a temporary fix, and a more elegant solution requires required some in-flight reprogramming of the guidance computer (by tricking it into thinking it was already in abort mode mode, so it would not monitor the status of the abort button). The moment is recreated in the Apollo 14 episode of ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon''.
18th Dec '15 3:38:06 AM LondonKdS
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* A more tragic example: William Bullock, inventor of a type of printing press, was installing one in 1867 when it developed a glitch. He attempted to kick it in a specific place, but his leg was caught in the machinery and severely injured. He died during an attempted amputation.
20th Nov '15 10:47:56 PM Nulono
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* In a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fanfiction set after ''Literature/TheEyeofArgon'', Mike mentions how he snapped Crow out of his HeroicBSOD by repeatedly banging his head against the desk until he shut up.
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* In a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fanfiction set after ''Literature/TheEyeofArgon'', ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'', Mike mentions how he snapped Crow out of his HeroicBSOD by repeatedly banging his head against the desk until he shut up.
20th Nov '15 10:44:44 PM Nulono
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* This is how O'Brien gets the transporter to work in the pilot of StarTrekDeepSpaceNine.
11th Nov '15 4:59:07 PM PixelKnight
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Compare PercussiveTherapy where a character hits things solely for their own emotional benefit, rather than the proper functioning of whatever they're hitting. For use on life forms, see the DopeSlap, GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, or DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff.
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Compare PercussiveTherapy where a character hits things solely for their own emotional benefit, rather than the proper functioning of whatever they're hitting. For use on life forms, see the DopeSlap, GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, FacePalm, or DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff.
25th Oct '15 8:50:19 AM xxbiasonxxx
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Not really a spoiler
* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Jack Frost|1998}}'' (the family version, not the serial killer version), Creator/MichaelKeaton's character is going to a music gig with his band but then decides to go back to watch his son's hockey game. His best friend gives him his car. A snow storm starts, and the guy is trying to see where he is going. Then the windshield wipers stop working. This is when he tries PercussiveMaintenance on the dash to try to get them working again, as his friend showed him before. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:he loses sight of the road and drives off a cliff]].
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* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Jack Frost|1998}}'' (the family version, not the serial killer version), Creator/MichaelKeaton's character is going to a music gig with his band but then decides to go back to watch his son's hockey game. His best friend gives him his car. A snow storm starts, and the guy is trying to see where he is going. Then the windshield wipers stop working. This is when he tries PercussiveMaintenance on the dash to try to get them working again, as his friend showed him before. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:he he loses sight of the road and drives off a cliff]].cliff.
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