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steveVa    Posted 05-09-2017 at 22:20:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Probably preaching to the choir here on the tractor site, but who here is a do it yourselfer???
    Or I should probably ask who here is not a do it yourselfer??
    Folks who fix old tractors are most likely do it yourself types.
    But belive it or not there are a lot of folks out there who are not DiYS...My father in law was one of those. He believed that repairs of any type were best left to the "experts". He would argue that the experts would do it quicker and better. Car repair, house repair, appliance repair, all types, he would hire someone to fix or repair.
    He would also argue that this freed him up to do the things that he enjoyed, or to make money at his regular job.
    Now I was the type that figured that I could change my own oil in the time it would take for me to drive to giffy lube, but the older I get the more I have my inspection mechanic change the oil as long as I have to be there any way.
    This to me is similar to those who do not want to learn to do things. They would rather drive the tractor rather then work on the tractor.
    Most of us also enjoy working on and fixing the tractor... So here comes the chicken and the egg discussion... Do they not like to work on tractors, or cars etc. Or are the afraid of breaking something because they are not good at it???
    What say you guys... ???

    36 coupe    Posted 05-26-2017 at 08:54:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ive worked in electronics sine 1950.I do a much better job than some of the attempted repairs Ive seen .A tv set with a piece of 1/4 drill in a fuse holder.A fence charger with the AC line connected to a steel charger case.I found copper wire in fuse holders often.Hydraulic brake lines taped with plastic tape.

    Ken N Tx    Posted 05-11-2017 at 06:55:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I try to repair things myself..I check out the problem on YouTube and see what is all involved. If it looks like too much I will consider hiring it out.

    I recently had to repair the rear doors of my extended cab pick-up that would not open. Found the fix on YouTube and repaired them in about an hour using zip ties!!

    Also replaced a water heater with snake-bite connectors that I did not know existed!!
    (no soldering)

    steveVa    Posted 05-11-2017 at 09:57:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Shark bite. They are great. I do the same thing for Youtube.Especially for cars...

    dave#1    Posted 05-11-2017 at 18:00:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I used Youtube to learn how to bake "Big, Fluffy pies for future visits !!
    ROFL

    steveVa    Posted 05-11-2017 at 21:15:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Q9JCdjPfA

    How to make a cream pie...

    dave#1    Posted 05-12-2017 at 07:27:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • ROFLMAO (I think)

    What the he!! was that?? LOL

    steveVa    Posted 05-12-2017 at 22:52:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have no idea.. I googled how to make a cream pie and that popped up. Totally bizarre... I think I felt the same as you. ROFLMAO, I think???

    Island Mike    Posted 05-10-2017 at 09:47:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I recently accepted a large deposit on the 28 foot sail boat sitting on a trailer in my drive. Price to include putting it in the local puddle in functioning condition. I have installed new 12 volt switches and fuse panels, a GPS and VHF, new halyards on the mast, new packing seal for the prop shaft, a new knot meter. And that is a partial list. The cost for the ship yard guys to do this would likely be rather large. Today I will be purchasing some supplies from them such as thru hull fittings, and pay them for the travel lift to plunk the boat in the water.
    I have the time, which is likely the key here. Folks that work full time, can get caught in a bind with these sort of jobs. Fortunately the ship yard helps me with advice now and then, for which I sometimes ask the bill maker, to add 30 minutes labour to my bill.

    Island Mike

    Beth and Allen    Posted 05-10-2017 at 08:45:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I am definitely a diy,1st out of necessity since we were too poor to hire someone else to repair things,2nd because I always enjoyed taking things apart to repair them and figuring out what went wrong and seeing if I could improve it in some way.Although been there have been times when I had to take something to a so called expert and gotten irritated when I realized I knew as much or more than the expert.Like the time I took my Kenworth to a shop because I didn't have the right equipment to do the repairs and telling the mechanic to get the hell away from my truck. I am constantly amazed at some of the things a lot of men don't know how to do. I also would rather build something myself than hire someone to build it for me. Like when my wife insisted we hire a builder for our new house instead of me taking a year off and building it ourselves,by the time it was finished my wife said she wished she had let me do it my way. Even now 17 years later she is still saying the same thing.When it comes to doing any thing I'm not fast because I apply a healthy dose of common sense and make sure it is done right. As for the chicken or egg question yes I've broken things worse by doing it myself but I use that as a learning experience. Working on thing myself is also very therapeutic for me when I have a lot on my mind. Sorry for rambling on so much, God Bless, Beth and Allen.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-10-2017 at 08:12:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, as I always said when I was in manufacturing, there are those who get it, those who don't and those who never will. Some folks shouldn't be allowed to handle tools; it's like giving a monkey a hand grenade, you know?. A Crescent Wrench isn't a hammer. A screwdriver isn't a pry bar or chisel. Pliers are not optional with wrenches. The mantra 'the right tool for the right job' applies all the time.

    Tim Daley(MI)

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