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Old 06-25-2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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DIY Obsession....

I have a bad case of inherited DIy syndrome. My father is the king of build it yourself or rebuild a used one, and apparently I got every one of those genes from him.

I wanted teak registers for my install, but had settled with the fact that I could only afford the $8 special from Home Depot. So the other day I went to the resale shop and found this $10 vent. It was on clearance and was 70% off so it was a whole $3.25 with tax.

It had long been painted black and I thought about how to clean it up. I thought it was cheap 80ís plastic but turns out itís teak, (or at least wood of some kind).

So this is my tinker time pass today. One of these days I hope I can just start buying new stuff without feeling bad about spending money.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:42 AM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. too. Hahaha....Welcome to the club. I drive the Admiral bonkers with MY obsession to fix or repair rather than replace. That being said, I draw the line @ electronics or engine internals. I don't recall my own dad being that way but I suspect my career in a past life has taught me to do more with less. (worked for the federal government where we had to do more with nothing...). PLUS I suspect you get as much satisfaction from bringing something "back from the dead" as I do.


To those that might not understand, it's not about the $$, so much. It's about the process.


My grand kids enjoy going through my "parts" storage. "What's THIS Poppa?".....Well, young man, that's a hub cap from a 1928 Willys Overland Whippet and I found that...."
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:06 AM   #3
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Greetings,
Mr. too. Hahaha....Welcome to the club. I drive the Admiral bonkers with MY obsession to fix or repair rather than replace. That being said, I draw the line @ electronics or engine internals. I don't recall my own dad being that way but I suspect my career in a past life has taught me to do more with less. (worked for the federal government where we had to do more with nothing...). PLUS I suspect you get as much satisfaction from bringing something "back from the dead" as I do.


To those that might not understand, it's not about the $$, so much. It's about the process.


My grand kids enjoy going through my "parts" storage. "What's THIS Poppa?".....Well, young man, that's a hub cap from a 1928 Willys Overland Whippet and I found that...."
Oh crap - Me Too. Real problem here is my wife is similar! Tough pair to draw to for trying to keep the house and proximity buildings contents' in order as well as not spending too much time on old-stuff refurbishment! That said - We have saved many, many thousands over the long run by not purchasing new things. And, there is a good feeling of satisfaction by successfully refurbishing/repairing/rebuilding what we desire to put our efforts into.
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Same here.

My mother used to get violently ill if money was spent on something new. The more money - the worse the illness. Just to stop the puking and moaning I would buy an old thing and fix it up. Sometimes it cost more, usually didn't work as well.


I married a women from a family that did not have the DIY syndrome. The exact opposite. Threw out things that could be easily fixed in a few moments.



There has to be a happy medium. I like to think I'm it. I can enjoy new things without stomach upset but I enjoy the process of fixing and restoring worthwhile items.



Oh - use chemical stripper on the teak vent. Be prepared for it to come apart at the glued seams.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:39 AM   #5
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(worked for the federal government where we had to do more with nothing...).


We were on the path toward doing everything with nothing.

Especially after the "requirements explosions" associated with the Soviet/Warsaw Pact breakup, subsequent desert wars, and terrorism response.

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My toilet flapper is currently working thanks to a paperclip and a zip tie...
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Sounds like this thread is written by a crew of former sailors ��.
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Ha - beat me to it!
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We do the same thing , an old boat and 110 year old house. We've always been gluttons for punishment. The problem now is I'm so sloooooow.
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We all have embedded triggers and influences. Mine is the opposite, not unexpectedly, but I've always been trained on the value of time. I can't bring myself to spend an hour of my time to save $5. Perhaps in thinking I value my time too highly but I still value based on what I have and could charge for it.

The other factor is how I like to be spending that time. DIY is not how. I'd rather be playing tennis or singing or most anything. I have zero desire to do anything mechanical, electrical, or similar.
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:57 PM   #11
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I fall in the middle. My Dad grew up on a farm, raised by a farmer/rancher turned Optometrist. My Grandfather owned the farm primarily because he wanted his sons to grow up on a farm because he thought it would ďimprove their characterĒ. My folks were also mostly broke most of my young life. That meant that my Dad had to buy used and fix anything that was broken. Fortunately, he became competent at it.

So I inherited that ethic. I am very uncomfortable throwing anything usable away or paying anyone to do what I could do myself. I usually try to fix things, and so I have a lot of broken things laying around waiting for me to figure out how to fix it or simply to get around to it.

OTOH, I understand BandBís point. At this point in my life it makes no sense spending hours doing something I donít like when I can afford to pay someone to do it for me.

So for some things, I do maintenance by checkbook. Other things, I will do myself. I wonít do polishing and waxing for example. I hate it and it trashes my back. Not that I will pay someone to do it very often either, I just live with a less-than-shiny boat. Routine engine maintenance Iím happy to do myself as well as most boat repairs.
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Boat repairs are not counted against your life span. I should live forever.
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I've got that same affliction. After I built a swing set for the kids, my wife was trying to be helpful and thew out all the leftover lumber, and couldn't understand why I was upset about it. The swingset is still intact. The marriage is not.
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Didn't get it from anyone really just always liked to tinker.

I can fix anything poorly, some things okay, and a few good.

Still practicing.
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Being a millwright, I've always done my own boat work. I have been retired now for 27 years, and working on my boat is enjoyable, cost saving, and therapeutic.
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I love working on the boat as much as cruising in it. So far I've only hired one job out, as I was in a rush. Replacing the standing rigging.
I've managed to do everything else from engine re-powering to full rewire job.

The bonus is that you end up knowing every inch of your boat intimately. You know the path of every wire, and every hose; You know the condition of every component. You trust your old boat to bring you home completely.
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I’m ADHD and tinkering with things occupies my mind for periods of time that I normally couldn’t keep still. Additionally I’m a very kinesthetic learner so working with my hands is always very gratifying.

It also helps that I work for the city government and make peanuts so it kind of forces me to do things myself, I can’t afford to pay people to fix 51 year old problems on a 51 year old boat.
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The bonus is that you end up knowing every inch of your boat intimately. You know the path of every wire, and every hose; You know the condition of every component. You trust your old boat to bring you home completely.
And this! I know where every wire is, where every plumbing line is, and where every drain goes.
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I work on our boats when I want and/or have time to... pay others when I don't.
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I enjoy doing my own maintenance.
But that said I replace, not repair parts that are worn. For example, brake pads get to 30% on my vehicles and into the trash they go.
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