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Old 10-10-2016, 07:07 PM   #21
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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
I've got three sayings I've used over the years about doing it yourself..

1. It always takes longer than it takes.
2. Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand all the problems.
3. For some, it only costs a little bit more to do it yourself.

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Old 10-10-2016, 07:20 PM   #22
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My dad taught me the basics of car maintenance and I built on those skills as the need arose. I do all of the work on my Sunseeker it has needed so far. Nothing I've needed assistance with so far that I didn't find here or youtoob.
In turn I've taught my son and daughter.

Now, my brother-in-law the tax lawyer...
He's so book smart he can't hit his butt with both hands, no mechanical sense at all. I taught him the lefty loosey, righty tighty mantra when we were assembling his first Ikea furniture. I looked over and he was looking at the screw driver trying to figure out which direction to turn it. His wife recently told me he still does that, after all these years.
That being said, I have let mechanics work on my cars and change my oil just due to time factors.

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Old 10-10-2016, 08:49 PM   #23
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I deleted my original post about not understanding why most folks don't work on their own equipment.

I was frustrated when I posted it and didn't mean to offend anybody.
I didn't see your original post and I doubt people were offended. I enjoy working on my stuff but as time go on injuries and infirmities piling up I just can't do much anymore. A five minute job that I might be able to acomplish will incur a five hour recovery.

My advice, do as much as you can while you are able to do so.

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Old 10-10-2016, 08:50 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by dalford View Post
I've got three sayings I've used over the years about doing it yourself..

1. It always takes longer than it takes.
2. Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand all the problems.
3. For some, it only costs a little bit more to do it yourself.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:09 PM   #25
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If I have the time, I get satisfaction out of fixing things myself. I have more or less been a repairman since I got out of college but I am by no means great at fixing my TT or my old TC. I just enjoy trying to do it and the satisfaction of doing it when I fix it right, about 80% of the time.

Now one of my buddies, who also does the same job I do, would much rather pay to have someone else do the work and enjoy his time doing other things.

I also used to bring home some bad parts and would have my kids, at the time 7 and 10, take them apart using real tools so they would know how to at least use them. They actually had so much fun, they put together a propane smoker for me. Hopefully in a few years I can get them to fix the things they break in the TT.

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Old 10-10-2016, 09:49 PM   #26
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:53 AM   #27
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Agree with Delco, do what I can let othersvdo what I can not. I get into trouble sometimes misjudging what I am capable of doing. Grew up on farm 25 miles from small town, having a Mr Fixit from local shop not always on a timely event. Bringing in crops was the priority. On the issue of special tools, have purchased a few of them over the years, have loaned them out on occasion. Not many repair shops next door to where I camp, so some minor repair skills are needed to keep moving down the road.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:09 AM   #28
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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.
X2 there are some things that I dont have the ability to do. Like a big driveway to pull my camper onto at home. Otherwise I love doing thing on my own, to a point.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:12 AM   #29
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Of course there are things I can't do such as welding and time prevents me from learning but for the most part if I can't do it I will try to learn and do it myself. I've been too disappointed in the few times I've taken a vehicle to a mechanic. For example, I did take my last F150 to a shop for an oil change once and that cost the shop about $350 for damges when they forgot to reinstall the shield correctly and it fell off while driving home.

What I have trouble understanding are:

a. Taking an RV back to dealership for warranty to replace a burned out LED light. Cost of fuel and time not worth.

b. Oil changes. It takes me 10 minutes or less to change oil. A fumoto valve is worth every penny. How does taking it to an RV dealer save time? I drive my truck onto a ramp, slide under it with on a creeper, flip the fumoto valve on and remove and replace the oil filter. I can do this in my Sunday best clothes with a pair of gloves on. The argument about warranty coverage is bogus; just keep your receipts and a log.

c. Flat tires. Disappointed to see younger men staring at flat tire with cell phone to head. By the time AAA comes out, they could have changed it themselves. What is it that prevents them? What will they do if they are in a rural area with no cell phone service?

d. A member in my ATV club that takes his ATV into the shop to have tire pressures checked with no other scheduled maintenance. I wish this story wasn't true but it is. He's the same guy that asked me to lend him gas on a ride because his ATV died 20 minutes into a ride. His gas petcock valve was off and he didn't know his ATV had one.

e. Lots of people in my neighborhood use electric mowers and electric lawn tools because gas ones are too hard to start and use. My mower is 14 years old, my gas string trimmer is 12 years old, my snowblower is 30 years old, and my tiller 5 years old, and my chainsaw is at least 12 years old. Each start and run flawlessly and all I do is add a double dose of stabil at the end of each season. I use an oil extractor to change the oil in my 4 stroke engines.

There just seems to be an overall lack of mechanical aptitude in men today. My subdivsion supports half of the handyman industry in my city it seems.

Gotta go, sprinkler system needs to be blown out and I can't justify paying someone $55 to do it for me.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:46 PM   #30
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Jeff Says ... When I was a younger schitt, about freshman in high school which was mid-seventies, my folks gave me a 19 Inch Sears Color Television.
Which at the time, was a pretty big deal.
They also gave me the service manual.
By my sophomore year, I had ... a working Color Television in my bedroom.
They set me up with a mid-sixties Impala when the time came.
Driving around taking pictures for Dad's business was part of the deal.
The auto parts store was walking and/or bicycle distance.
Arguably, parents make it too easy for their kids.
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