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Old 07-27-2020, 04:44 PM   #61
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My father wasn't handy at all, so I have been learning throughout life. Reasonable now, but nothing great.
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I had a similar upbringing/experience. My father was an electrician and did side jobs on the weekends for "beer money". The first dollar I earned was at the age of five pulling cable in a crawl space he couldn't fit in, by ten I was wiring electrical outlets (under close supervision of course) doing plumbing jobs and by 14 was helping to overhaul car engines. It wasn't until I started working in a gas/service station in HS that I realized how unusual that exposure to tools and "fixing stuff" was.
Dear Walt, your story of being in the crawl space reminded me.

Many years ago, I was helping my cousin rebuild a 1947 Stinson (single engine aircraft). I had to rewire the entire aircraft, and had to run a wire down the tail cone and out the back for the rear position light. I told my 5 year old son about midgets bucking rivets during WW2, and sent him down the tail with the wire.
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Our dryer had stopped working and my wife was desperate to get something dry ASAP!

I tried the knobs, buttons and other controls, checked the circuit breaker and plug and could find nothing obvious. I started to close the dryer door and I noticed something odd. The interior light was staying on with the door nearly closed. Normally, it turns off a split second before full closure. The door switch! Sure enough the door switch was broken in the door open position which stopped all dryer functions. A bit of tape held it in place long enough to get her wash dried.

Later she asked me how I managed to figure it out. “Is there some secret stuff dads teach only to their sons?”
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That is the sort of clever, money-saving "hack" that frugal parents may not necessarily teach their kids, but which a little girl or boy can observe if they are interested...it teaches us to try just one more thing before giving up and calling the repair-person

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Our dryer had stopped working and my wife was desperate to get something dry ASAP!

I tried the knobs, buttons and other controls, checked the circuit breaker and plug and could find nothing obvious. I started to close the dryer door and I noticed something odd. The interior light was staying on with the door nearly closed. Normally, it turns off a split second before full closure. The door switch! Sure enough the door switch was broken in the door open position which stopped all dryer functions. A bit of tape held it in place long enough to get her wash dried.

Later she asked me how I managed to figure it out. “Is there some secret stuff dads teach only to their sons?”
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After I watched the a/c guy use my shop-vac to clean out the drain pipe on an outside unit that had stopped working, I tried it for myself when the same thing happened again 6 months later, and the unit started working again.

I mentioned this during the semiannual a/c inspection, and got a compliment for being so smart! Now, I wonder if a man would have gotten the same compliment?
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After I watched the a/c guy use my shop-vac to clean out the drain pipe on an outside unit that had stopped working, I tried it for myself when the same thing happened again 6 months later, and the unit started working again.

I mentioned this during the semiannual a/c inspection, and got a compliment for being so smart! Now, I wonder if a man would have gotten the same compliment?
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After I watched the a/c guy use my shop-vac to clean out the drain pipe on an outside unit that had stopped working, I tried it for myself when the same thing happened again 6 months later, and the unit started working again.

I mentioned this during the semiannual a/c inspection, and got a compliment for being so smart! Now, I wonder if a man would have gotten the same compliment?


As a member of this illustrious group you must be smart. Take it at face value.
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I mentioned this during the semiannual a/c inspection, and got a compliment for being so smart! Now, I wonder if a man would have gotten the same compliment?
As a long-ago former A/C service tech I can assure you that most guys are not that observant either.
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