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Old 10-10-2016, 02:34 PM   #11
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I worked with a guy some years ago and believe it or not, didn't even own a screw driver or know what to do with it. I'm just glad he doesn't try working on his vehicles.
You must be talking about my brother when he was younger. Didn't know which way to turn a screwdriver to tighten. He's gotten much better over the years. I'll tell you this - he can write code with the best.
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Old 10-10-2016, 02:57 PM   #12
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it has about come to the point that you cannot work on your own car or truck anymore, and the auto techs... if the computer doesn't tell them which part is bad, then they just throw parts at the problem until they stumble on the fix...

thanks goodness that most things on my Shamrock I CAN do...
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:06 PM   #13
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I have very limited "Mr. FixIt" abilities and just enough tools to really screw something up.
I'm not afraid to try and fix something, heck its already broke, right? My fear is screwing it up worse and then having to pay someone to fix the problem AND my screw up.
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:29 PM   #14
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Why they don't fix their own? I've been watching my guy fix his car. He had what he thought was just a simple regreasing and sealing a wheel bearing. Once he got the wheel off and didn't see what he expected, he asked me to find something on line about it. He's 75 yo and wasn't up on advancements. It has taken him 4 days so far, with me helping and he's not finished yet. He is determined to finish it. I think it' going to take a few more days. I'll be thankful to see it finished. I'm tired of all the cursing from our drive way. LOL
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Old 10-10-2016, 03:52 PM   #15
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I am finding this thread interesting and the posts have been on point. It's easier to tackle tasks when you have some basic skills & knowledge. For some of us we prefer to leave it to someone else trained & that has the tools.


My hat goes out to those RV owners that able to & do fix issues themselves. While I'm not in this group I can appreciate that trait.
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:43 PM   #16
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I do most of my on work. However, frustration has a price tag. For those few things I let someone else do it.
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:54 PM   #17
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My inclination for doing the work myself is directly proportional to the amount of hind end pain involved and the urgency of the need.

I would just as soon pay someone to do work than do it myself.

Marty
Same. There are things I CAN do, but chose not to.

I'll pay to have drywall work done, because I hate it.

I'm going to pay this coming spring for a handyman to install an attic vent fan. I don't fit through my attic access easily, its murder on my back, and there's bats up there, so screw that!

I've paid to have a new headgasket installed on a car, even though I'm capable of it. I'll change a radiator or alternator, but I value my personal time, and I'm willing to pay a few hundred bucks to not spend my weekends bent over a car engine.

I won't pay for basic maintenance. I change my own oil, antifreeze, etc. Its easy, and I find it silly to pay someone and then sit there and wait in the waiting room for the same amount of time it would have taken had I just done it myself.

I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty on my travel trailer. I just installed a light in a storage area, last week.
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:59 PM   #18
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The one time I took our 5er to the "Experts" at Tom Johnson, when I got home I had to take the entire driver side landing jack out that they had replaced and do it the correct way. They missed putting the jack on the "stops" built into the jack despite my very politely telling them it wasn't correct. Do everything myself now, less time and $. Much easier to do it right the 1st time.
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:16 PM   #19
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In my youth I built stick houses and rebuilt vehicle motors. At my age now I just don't want to. Hell, even have a lawn service so I do nothing with the lawn but let the dog pee on it.
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:59 PM   #20
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Not surprised some don't work on their own trailers ....what shocks me is Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie fame was just on worst cooks .... and just about can't boil water ..... how do you make it thru life without cooking?!?!?!! ;-) Total hijack ....
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