Hey Lug? Wish we were closer - I’m one of the guys you could have called. Bet there’s plenty here on this forum. Nobody lets anyone in their home but I promise I would not have left it to rot out.we live in unprecedented times for sure.
. Everyone's situation is different, but I live by myself and I stay very busy at the house, so going away for more than a couple days is mostly out of the question. I had to do it a few times and each time I had to hire someone to be a caretaker, and it couldn't be just anyone. The one time, I get a call on day #3 that she went in to check on the cat, and opened the door to a floor that was under about an inch of water. Toilet line busted. Wasn't anything I could do but tell the water company to shut the water off. It sat there for another 7 days before I could get in there. Ruined all the floors, sheetrock, just tons and tons of damage and there is still some damage that hasn't been "fixed" (insurance deal...)--
One of Ivan's best attributes is his analytical mind. His ability to use logic to noodle through acquired data points to track down and isolate the hard to find gremlins is truly amazing. What makes his skillset(s) so valuable is that... he can actually make the repair and test his work.There are also folks who have EMBRACED modern electronics in vehicles.
One example is Ivan on "Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics" ( https://www.youtube.com/c/PineHollowAutoDiagnostics )
Ivan uses computers and mechanical skills to succeed where others have failed. He works on tractors, cars and other equipment..... he even makes "house calls".
I have a timing light and a dwell meter I keep around to use on my 8N. But I put the electronic points in that when I changed to 12 volts. .Part of the problem has been the move from quality products to 'use once,throw away' items. It's hard to find ANY catagory of 'thing', that isn't really JUNK. Due to slick marketting, cheaply made items aren't worth repairing. Anyone here actually FIX their cellphone , TV, kitchen appliances, furnace, car, tools,furniture ?
Since 99.44% of this 'stuff' is so cheap, virtually NONE of it gets repaired, so no one knows HOW to repair it....the 'Mr. Fixit's of the World will be gone way of the dinosaurs......
yup, I'm one of them..even have a Snap-On Alternator tester to prove it....
I think there's a lot to be said for that.Many people have heard and say the Jack of all trades line, but most get it wrong. The complete saying was originally “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but always better than a master of one.”
I think the further you get from the population centers, the more you need to know to get by.
All of those uTube channels are on my regular watchlist. (I do not care for what they call 'entertainment' on regular TV)I've been hooked on some of the youtube channels and now Ivan is going to be another.
My list? Andrew Camarata, Diesel Creek, Watch Wes Work, Weld.com, Fabrication Series to name a few.
There's always something new to learn!
Yep! Got me on a technicality! Terms - Erector set and Meccano were always interchangeable during my upbringing. But then again we would always Hoover the lounge no matter what brand we were using.Erector began about 1913ish, American
Meccano was 1st ! 1896
"Regular TV" Nah, me either...All of those uTube channels are on my regular watchlist. (I do not care for what they call 'entertainment' on regular TV)
Here are some others to consider for your watchlist:
- https://www.youtube.com/c/SouthMainAutoRepairAvoca (Auto repairs / electronics diagnosis)
- https://www.youtube.com/c/Abom79 (Machinist)
- https://www.youtube.com/user/jcondon2007 (Small engine /generator restoration)
- https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithFenner (Machinist)
- https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithRuckerVintageMachineryorg (Machinist / mechanical repairs)