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Old 10-12-2016, 05:21 PM   #31
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You have to place value on your time. Some people's time is worth more than others... and would rather pay to have work done.

Some people work on their own stuff because they can't afford to pay.

Lots of reasons for one way or the other. I would say this probably isn't an all or nothing thing. Each person has their own threshold for:
Value of time
Money
Ability
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:31 PM   #32
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My truck has a small fuel leak. The other night DGS looked at it. I sprayed degreaser and washed it off. I was thinking....mmmm. I might carry this somewhere before my 2k trip. It isn't dripping or anything, but I smell it. I used to spend many hours to save a little money. Generally my labor is free and $100 hour for someone else isn't. On the other hand if I got it fixed for a $100 I would be happy. I have overhauled engines, changed gears/rear ends, manifolds, carbs, asst. gaskets, radiators, brakes, bearings etc... I have worked on many a/cs and other stuff for other people, but I don't like working on cars anymore.


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Old 10-12-2016, 11:01 PM   #33
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My BIL always takes his trailer back to dealer for everything few years ago we were at state park with only electric after a few days SIL complained of water only trickling out of faucets I found valve by pump closed BIL had no idea where to start since he has it winterized and takes it back in spring to in winterize
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:36 AM   #34
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Interesting thread representing different reasons for doing/not doing various maintenance tasks - all valid.

But there are two sides to this -for those who choose not to do what might seem to be simple maintenance,there are those who choose to most,if not all of their own maintenance.

I believe the age of the person who does their maintenance factors into this. Most of you who are older,like myself, learned how to replace ignition points and use a dwell meter, change spark plugs and coils,replace leaf springs,use a timing light,etc. Why - 1) because the older cars were simpler to work on, 2)perhaps either we fixed it ourself or it didn't get fixed.

Today's vehicles are almost all electronically run by computers. Their are no more coils,spark plugs are either impossible for the average guy to reach,let alone replace, and some do not need changing. We just bought a new 2016 Buick Envision that's equipped with the new Stop/Start feature that stops the engine at stop lights and then starts when you hit the acceralor pedal. Now do believe I'm going to tackle that job when/if it doesn't work?

So I think the guys who are younger and never had older vehicles have reason not to how to do what some of older guys think is simple.

On the other hand,I believe today's cars are more reliable that those some of us learned our maintenance skills on.

Just my .2.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:21 AM   #35
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Generally my labor is free and $100 hour for someone else isn't.

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That is part of the problem. You aren't placing value on your time.

Your labor isn't free. It is time lost. There is a monetary value that can and should be placed on it.
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That is part of the problem. You aren't placing value on your time.

Your labor isn't free. It is time lost. There is a monetary value that can and should be placed on it.
Being retired, my time is free as long as I enjoy working on something. My time is only worth something when I am working on something for someone else and then only sometimes is it worth anything and then it's not worth much.
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The only time I don't fix my own stuff is when it is covered by warranty, then I look at it as 'NOT MY JOB'. I feel lucky I have this ability and it came naturally my older brother while intellectually brilliant is lucky if he can screw in a light bulb, some have it some don't it all works out in the end.
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Being retired, my time is free as long as I enjoy working on something. My time is only worth something when I am working on something for someone else and then only sometimes is it worth anything and then it's not worth much.
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That is part of the problem. You aren't placing value on your time.

Your labor isn't free. It is time lost. There is a monetary value that can and should be placed on it.
I suppose this was/is a miss-quote. What I should have said is...

My money is tight and if I can save electric, fuel, GS, camping, labor costs etc monies then it is a win/gain for me. I was born poor, raised poor and live poor. It is reflected in saving money where I can. People at work laugh at me for being tight. It's O.K. cause I know what my checking account looks like.
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