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Old 01-18-2022, 04:34 PM   #1
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Mistakes

Mistakes are subtle, easy to make. What looks obvious is not always the case. But not checking the direction of an install, especially when you had taken pictures before the tear down is a pretty basic mistake. So, a lesson to those who do before thinking, try thinking before doing.

Fortunately, this mistake just means half an hour, on my side, in my engine room in a somewhat uncomfortable position.
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Mistakes are subtle, easy to make. What looks obvious is not always the case. But not checking the direction of an install, especially when you had taken pictures before the tear down is a pretty basic mistake. So, a lesson to those who do before thinking, try thinking before doing.

Fortunately, this mistake just means half an hour, on my side, in my engine room in a somewhat uncomfortable position.
Most of us can recall a few of those wasted contortionist hours. You can be forgiven, if you tell what you wasted your 1/2 hour on.
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Old 01-18-2022, 05:38 PM   #3
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Mistakes? Lots of fun! How about filling a gallon jug of used engine oil then while pulling out the pump discharge hose, knocking the jug over between the engine and stringer upside down! Fun ha ha!
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Old 01-18-2022, 05:40 PM   #4
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Mistakes? Lots of fun! How about filling a gallon jug of used engine oil then while pulling out the pump discharge hose, knocking the jug over between the engine and stringer upside down! Fun ha ha!
At least it wasn’t a 5 gallon bucket of oil…
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I just mistaked my way through a holding tank install. Nothing that could not be undone, but many a %^**@(!!^^ was heard emanating from the engine room.

But The Admiral is very used to that.

Another reason to improve sound deadening in the ER.
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Old 01-19-2022, 01:30 PM   #6
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Yep done that seen that. My poop pump is under a hatch in the galley. Pump blew, I lifted the hatch, BEFORE turning off the pump!

Admiral called her friend and I was instructed to fix it, clean it and then call her for inspection.

Another? A 5-gallon bucket of fuel in the cockpit while I was working on the genset. Picked up bucket. Bucket broke apart in several places. I immediately reached down and pushed the bilge pump switch down, while screaming at the Admiral to turn ALL the bilge pumps off. Big mess, but no fuel overboard.
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Old 01-19-2022, 01:37 PM   #7
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I just mistaked my way through a holding tank install. Nothing that could not be undone, but many a %^**@(!!^^ was heard emanating from the engine room.

But The Admiral is very used to that.

Another reason to improve sound deadening in the ER.
My wife used to ask me why I was so mad when working on the boat because I was swearing. I told her it was just part of working and I wasn’t really mad at anything.
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The harder you hit that thumb with a hammer, the longer the lesson stays with you. 1/2 hour of wasted time is nothing, you are well ahead of the curve.
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I regularly tell the wife to leave the area. It's always better to be pissed off alone.
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My wife used to ask me why I was so mad when working on the boat because I was swearing. I told her it was just part of working and I wasn’t really mad at anything.
My brother was given a toy chainsaw as a gift when he was a toddler complete with a pull string. He would pull the sting and mutter something under his breath, eventually everyone figured out he was saying "sonofabit##" between each pull.
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Seems like this thread has hit a chord. I guess mistakes are how wisdom is made and the older you get the more wisdom you make. The mistake I referred to in this post is that I installed my Webasto furnace backwards, it has to be flipped around.
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A carpenter once told me: "Measure twice. Cut once." While I've made plenty of mistakes over the years, very few have been due to measuring, as I always remember this.
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I regularly tell the wife to leave the area. It's always better to be pissed off alone.
My wife gave up asking if I was "ok" a LONG time ago. Now she just quietly stands by long enough to make sure I don't need real medical attention. She says she only worries when I stop swearing.
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I certainly try and measure at least twice before cutting. An old mentor who was a carpenter also had a saying I still enjoy. "I've cut it twice and it's still too short."
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A multiple fitting job gets a metric ruler , as its easier to remember one number like 74 than what ever it is in inches and eighths.

I have learned the tic stick method is better for getting sizes just right.
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"Mistakes, I've made a few.
But then again, too few to mention."

Sorry, I just had to hum the Old Blue Eyes tune.
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I haven't made many mistakes as of now but given the amount of work needed on our project boat, I just know there will be something that will come up and bite me in the as$.

Ask me again about a year from now....
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Old 01-20-2022, 12:28 PM   #18
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Once way back I thought I was wrong, but it turned out I was mistaken.
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I certainly try and measure at least twice before cutting. An old mentor who was a carpenter also had a saying I still enjoy. "I've cut it twice and it's still too short."
Having spent a number of years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, I've heard that a lot. Too many weren't kidding.
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My wife used to ask me why I was so mad when working on the boat because I was swearing. I told her it was just part of working and I wasn’t really mad at anything.


My wife still doesn’t understand that. It’s no different than taking a deep breath, except the air moves in the other direction.
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