Well my monitor was having this problem, on cold power ups it would flicker and flicker for about 30 seconds and then slowly stop. If it was warm it wouldn't happen. I didn't really care about it but I thought to look up repairers on gumtree anyway. Sure enough there was a fresh listing by a Mr Tv Repairman who does this sorta shit and he was offering an introductory special where he would come onsite and repair the monitor and only charge cost of parts. Sweet I thought. I texted him, told him the problem, and he quoted me "Less than a dollar". At this point I'm questioning his business model but whatever. So after a few failed appointments on his behalf and intermittent availability he finally rocks up today. Open my door, see this young guy (22) in tracky pants and a shopping bag with his tools inside. Ok fair enough I won't judge. I show him my monitor and he gets to work. He starts by unscrewing the back screws off, and then it comes time to take off the back cover. What does he use in place of a plastic wedge thingy? A flat head screwdriver that he sticks in and twists, as he goes along he leaves these nasty marks on the side of the monitor. In my head I'm laughing like hell and I tell him he's a brute and needs to work on his technique. He looks up at me and says "oh do you mind the marks? I don't". I don't give a shit honestly I've had this monitor for 6 years and that doesn't bother me. At this point I'm really questioning how he's going to build a good customer base like this. When you fix things you should leave no trace behind right? Well not according to him anyway. He continues to undo more screws and confesses to me "I might lose some screws". I think you've already lost a few in your head buddy. I give him a saucer to put the screws on. Yea, simple and easy way to keep all the screws right? He takes the back plate off, the metal cover inside, and then it gets to the electronic connectors. To unclip them, what does he use? A flat head again instead of just pressing on it with his finger. He sticks the flat head under, and twists again and the clip snaps and flies across the room. I look at him and say "man you're a monster what are you doing". He says "you're not gonna call me back are ya". Fuck no buddy, but you can keep fixing it because you haven't damaged anything critical that I give a shit about yet. Opens up the board, great, identifies the busted capacitors, cool. Tells me not to worry about the capacitors because his cap testing machine is "really expensive" . Yeop sure enough his little beepy machine says the caps are busted. So he goes to the nearest Jaycar in his 94 Barina to buy new caps because I guess it's too much to ask to expect him to have the parts on hand. That's cool I can wait 30 minutes (really). He comes back, takes out his ebay soldering iron with an international adapter on the end. Asks me to plug it in and I'm half scared I'll get electrocuted from the loose adapter. After it's warmed up he starts desoldering the busted caps, heats up the terminals and uses his solder sucker to remove the excess solder. Then uses that copper reel meshy thingy that absorbs solder as well. Nope that didn't work the cap still won't come out. He then takes his pliers and pushes the cap in and out. I didn't even have time to stop him before I realised what he was trying to do, the brute!! I look at the board and in the process of pushing the cap he's lifted the solder off the PCB taking out a good chunk of board with it. So at this point I'm just thinking, ok I need to help you do this because you're shit house. I ask him to heat the terminals while I gently pull the caps out. It works, great. That's how its done buddy! Time to solder the new ones in! Wait, where's your solder? Oh you forgot? Right I'm done giving you 'a fair go' you're just shit and need to reassess your business model. I thought about offering him my solder but just wanted him to get the fuck out. I truly felt sorry for the guy and I know any other customer would have been in his ear giving him hell for being so shit. I know a lot of young guys start their businesses in this fashion but he just had the wrong work ethic and clearly wasn't switch on about a lot of things. Anyway I paid him his $3 for the caps and he left. I was willing to pay him $20 if he did a decent job of it. Anyway after I reassembled I had 3 screws leftover lol. Like whatever man this isn't my fucking day job!! So that's my funny yet horror story. THis is a video I took of him to show my friend (who I was frantically texting at the time) how weird this whole story was. Just LOOK at him.