I grew up with two brothers and my dad had a car shop most all my life. We helped dad build buildings and all kinds of stuff. There is very little I haven't been exposed to. That, coupled with a love of tools and not having any fear trying things I know nothing about, means I do a lot of my own repairs. Even if I don't do them myself, I know enough about the process to know what is wrong and generally what it takes to fix it. My girlfriends are amazed every time I fix something. Admittedly, I'm not physically capable of doing some stuff nowadays, but I did just get the parts to repair my washing machine and I just snaked the bathroom drains the other day, because they were draining slow.
I have always felt that women should at least have a basic working knowledge of stuff if for no other reason than to keep themselves from being taken to the cleaners by repair people.
I do not enjoy repairing stuff. I feel a sense of accomplishment once they are repaired, but I don't enjoy the process.
Yup. Nobody knows my shit better than I do. And most shops take offense when you try to get them up to speed or give them the fix/repair stuff. Easier to just do it yourself.I've found on my bucket trucks that I'm usually better qualified to diagnose and fix issues than any shop I could take it to. A list of reasons why NOT to take it to a shop include
1. They are not familiar with the machine and it will take them an hour to understand what the problem is (or not).
2. They will charge me a hundred bucks an hour for all the time they spend trying to figure out the issue plus the 5 minutes they spend attempting a fix.
3. My truck will sit at their shop for several days for the privilege of paying them to not understand what they are working on.
Just last weekend I finally figured out a problem on one of my trucks and fixed it in 20 minutes. The bucket would stop responding to the controls once it got hot. I ended up having to climb down out of the bucket and used the lower controls to stow the bucket, and it responded perfectly from the lower controls. This narrowed the issue to something in the upper controls. I took off the cover panels and started poking around and discovered the deadman lever in the handle wasn't engaging completely. It was also at the end of the adjustment. I rigged a spacer to stick in there and now it works perfectly.
I had this same truck in a shop for 3 months last year for multiple issues, this being one of them. They replaced the hydraulic pump for about $3K attempting to fix the issue and it didn't change a thing. I fixed it for free in 20 minutes.
Yup. Nobody knows my shit better than I do. And most shops take offense when you try to get them up to speed or give them the fix/repair stuff. Easier to just do it yourself.
Only a few things I don't do. Lay carpet, front end alignments on modern vehicles (although that's changing as well) and digging my own deepwater wells. Beyond that, not much I won't try.
And surgery, dental. I pay to have that shit done by the pros.
I prefer to do it. I use a little more finesse. Also, he has a hip replacement and can't get down in the floor like I do. I open up the sink drain and snake from there. He does plenty that I can't do.So I take it your boyfriend just stands there and watches you snake a clogged drain?
Put the phucker to work or kick him out of the house.