The first thing to do when you have a problem is to figure out what it is. A good example would be if your car’s battery died, you’d want to know why. You might try disassembling the vehicle or even go see a mechanic, but before doing any of these things, you need some idea of what exactly happened so that you can make sure it won’t happen again. That’s where you start with research!
There are several ways to get information about problems, and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Some methods require time, money, or both; others don’t. There are also different levels of expertise required for each type of research:
1) You can go to a professional company like a hardware store or auto parts store.
These companies will usually have staff members who specialize in certain types of problems. They may even have a special area specifically for such problems. If you’re not sure which one to choose, ask someone at work or look online.
2) You can do it yourself.
Researching problems yourself requires no specialized skills and is relatively inexpensive (though still expensive). However, there are risks involved in trying to solve problems yourself:
a) You could cause damage to your own property or injure yourself.
b) You could spend a large amount of time on the problem, especially if you do something wrong. This can lead to unnecessary complications in your life.
3) You can hire someone (or some company) to solve the problem for you.
There are many types of these services available, so look around before choosing. Some good places to start looking are schools and companies where mechanics or technical support staff work.
After you’ve decided how to do the research, you then need to gather information. There are several methods of doing this as well:
1) The simplest way is to go to a store that sells whatever it is that you need and simply ask one of the clerks there.
This is very easy and doesn’t require much time or effort, but it might be expensive.
2) You can search for a free solution online.
This is very easy and usually free, but you need to be careful to avoid scams or malware.
3) You can try and find a solution yourself by disassembling the item and trying to fix it yourself.
This is slightly more difficult than the first two options, as it requires a bit of technical skill.
4) You could hire someone with the necessary skills to fix your problem for you.
After you’ve gathered enough information about your problem, you can now decide on a solution:
1) If the cost of a solution is greater than the value of the item, then it might not be worth buying a new part or whatever.
In this case, it’s best to either try a different solution or live without the item.
2) If none of the solutions are cheap but they’re all reasonably priced, it might be worth spending the money to buy the part or whatever else you need.
3) If one of the solutions is free and the rest are expensive, then it’s best to go with the free one unless you’re really concerned about quality or timeliness.
4) If one of the solutions is free or cheap and the rest are expensive, then it’s best to go with the cheap or free option, as you’re saving a lot of money.
5) If several of the solutions have equal pricing, then look at the other factors such as quality, timeliness, and difficulty in determining which is best.
As an example, suppose your lawnmower has broken and you need to get it fixed. Here are a few different solutions:
1) Take it to a small engine repair shop and pay them to fix it ($75).
2) Take it to a big box store and get a replacement or have them fix it ($100).
3) Try to do it yourself by buying the parts online and repairing it ($30).
4) Buy a new one from the yard sale ($50).
Step 1: List the pros and cons of each solution.
have to go to store, risk of getting ripped off, time consuming
easy and fun
Step 2: Starting with the cheapest solutions first, weight the pros and cons of each. After that, go to the next cheapest solution and keep on doing this until you’ve reached a solution you’re satisfied with. In this case…
Sources & references used in this article:
Lift device by JE Nolan – US Patent 3,256,036, 1966 – Google Patents
Apparatus for lifting off and removing sheets from a pile. by I Orloff – US Patent 696,186, 1902 – Google Patents
Vacuum lifting unit including a suction cup by R Glanemann, W Schlaupitz – US Patent 3,970,341, 1976 – Google Patents