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Thanks for reminding us the use of technology is not always the answer. I am trying to instill this in my grandchildren every chance I get. Sometimes they are very surprised at the “old school” alternative.
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Thanks for reminding us the use of technology is not always the answer. I am trying to instill this in my grandchildren every chance I get. Sometimes they are very surprised at the “old school” alternative.
Kids can be lost when there's not an app for something. I wish they still taught practical stuff in school.

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I remember back a few years ago our daughter wanted to know how much the dog weighted. I went in and weighted myself and then picked up the dog and weighted again, dog weight was 12.5 lbs. She thought I was the smartest man in the world. They never taught Practical stuff in school, when I went. Learned most of that stuff from not having tools that cost money. Had to think. Have you ever put a dime in a wrench because your wrench was to big for the nut you were trying to get off and you didn't have the right tool. My uncle was a farmer and if you worked with him you would learn lots of good stuff. I learned most stuff because I was doing stuff not in school.
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I learned a lot out of necessity. We were poor and if something broke it had to be fixed by us, my Dad and I, not by paying someone else to do it.

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I learned a lot out of necessity. We were poor and if something broke it had to be fixed by us, my Dad and I, not by paying someone else to do it.
A month a go I needed a 6-32 brass screw. A trip to Home Depot would be 20 minutes, another 20 to get out of the store and 20 home. I made my own in a half hour. Sometimes it pays to screw yourself.
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Over the past few weeks, our dryer began making a lot of noise. To the point it couldn't be run at night while people were trying to sleep. The immediate solution, of course, was to replace the dryer. Oh and since the washer MUST match the dryer, the washer has to be replaced too.



I told the Mrs that before we go to that expense, that I wanted a crack at fixing it. Long story short, I spent a half day and $30 in parts and now the dryer has never been so quiet!



So, did I save ourselves a ton of money? unfortunately no. Mrs said since we don't have to replace the laundry equipment, that we can use the funds to redecorate the kitchen! So now the money will still be spent and I have a new, multi-week project to punch out!



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Over the past few weeks, our dryer began making a lot of noise. To the point it couldn't be run at night while people were trying to sleep. The immediate solution, of course, was to replace the dryer. Oh and since the washer MUST match the dryer, the washer has to be replaced too.



I told the Mrs that before we go to that expense, that I wanted a crack at fixing it. Long story short, I spent a half day and $30 in parts and now the dryer has never been so quiet!



So, did I save ourselves a ton of money? unfortunately no. Mrs said since we don't have to replace the laundry equipment, that we can use the funds to redecorate the kitchen! So now the money will still be spent and I have a new, multi-week project to punch out!



No good deed ever goes unpunished!
Reminds me of a recent political snafu. If some people have a dime they never consider putting it away, it has to be spent, now.

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He'd punch out the wife.

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I remember back a few years ago our daughter wanted to know how much the dog weighted. I went in and weighted myself and then picked up the dog and weighted again, dog weight was 12.5 lbs. She thought I was the smartest man in the world. They never taught Practical stuff in school, when I went. Learned most of that stuff from not having tools that cost money. Had to think. Have you ever put a dime in a wrench because your wrench was to big for the nut you were trying to get off and you didn't have the right tool. My uncle was a farmer and if you worked with him you would learn lots of good stuff. I learned most stuff because I was doing stuff not in school.

I tried that once, only problem was the dog weighed 90 lbs and I couldn't bend over to look at the scale. My back hasn't been the same since.
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