Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Getting lucky…
Old 11-19-2006, 06:58 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 45,418
Getting lucky…

…and no, it isn’t what you think.

As is customary when retiring, I made a long list of projects (43) I wanted to get done around the house. Fortunately I set no deadlines on any of them, which was a wise move since 18 months after retiring I have just now passed the halfway point and don't give the list much thought. (Hey, priorities change. ) I did unexpectedly complete one project today, one I had been ignoring because I thought it was going to be expensive to accomplish.

25 years ago I bought DW a very nice grandfather clock for Mothers Day. It survived several moves with no problem, but after selling our house in 1997 and moving to a rental while we built our retirement “dream home”, it stopped working. I’m reasonably handy with mechanical devices, but I could not see anything wrong with it. The clock would run for 15-20 minutes, and then stop. I tinkered with every setting, cleaned and oiled all the moving parts, but nothing worked. When we moved into the new house 8 years ago we placed the clock in the entry way and it has been sitting there ever since, giving the correct time twice daily.

I looked into the cost of getting it repaired and found there weren’t many grandfather clock repair shops around, and those who did work on them were very proud of their work. I considered ordering and replacing the entire clock mechanism, but that was even more expensive, running almost $1,000! DW has been very patient, but we were doing some furniture rearranging today and she said (and meant it), “We need to get that clock fixed or get rid of it!”

Resigning myself to spend some serious cash on repairs, I decided to take one more look at it. And what do you know, I noticed the point where the pendulum hooks over a small pin in the clock mechanism was off center ever so slightly. I made a small adjustment, started the clock, and after sitting silent for 9 years it has been running perfectly for the past five hours!
It helps to be good, but it helps even more to be lucky…


Numbers is hard

Charter resident of the lumpen slums of cyberspace

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Getting lucky…
Old 11-19-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
Posts: n/a
Re: Getting lucky…

Fixing something like this really makes your day! - I've been there and the load lifted from the mind makes one want to celebrate!

- I know I have dealt with similar things. One small project was a gap between our front door. I went to Home Depot and looked at various weather stripping options and none seemed simple. I delayed this project for a couple years and my wife would bring it up about every 3 months or so.

One day I was having breakfast with a construction friend of mine and I asked him about this. He told me that door thresholds have a screw adjust to bring them up to the door. I went home and with about 3 turns of a screwdriver I solved a nagging problem that we had for 2 years!
  Reply With Quote
Re: Getting lucky…
Old 11-21-2006, 08:11 AM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BigMoneyJim's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: DFW
Posts: 2,658
Re: Getting lucky…

It's amazing how well procrastination works in making repairs simpler (and sometimes unnecessary).

I fixed a friend's grandfather clock in a similar manner...possibly exactly the same. I don't recall what exactly was wrong, but you wouldn't have thought it would make the difference between not running and running.
BigMoneyJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Getting lucky…
Old 11-21-2006, 08:19 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Jay_Gatsby's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,719
Re: Getting lucky…

With Internet message boards (like this one), an answer to a nagging problem (not wives, unfortunately ) is just a few keystrokes away!
He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it . . . It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. -- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay_Gatsby is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Getting lucky…
Old 11-21-2006, 08:30 AM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,483
Re: Getting lucky…

Originally Posted by Jay_Gatsby
With Internet message boards (like this one), an answer to a nagging problem (not wives, unfortunately ) is just a few keystrokes away!
If you have a porblem with a nagging problem like a wife, dial up Mr. John Galt.........
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)

This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Quick Links

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:12 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.