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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Repair jobs wages declining
« Last post by Richardk on September 12, 2018, 04:21:10 pm »
YouTube is wonderful! I've learned how to fix all sorts of things, even done some work for friends and family. This started out of necessity when I had more time than money but it continues since I can't see spending good money on something I can do myself.

Though as noted, I'll let someone else deal with a timing belt.

This quote stood out for me:
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A lot of service jobs have been predicated on civilians - ordinary consumers - having no access to tools, knowledge or parts. That time is past.
I think that trend is true overall though there are pockets where that doesn't apply. People still in the learning phase?

In one case I helped a 30+ year old change a tire after watching him try and dropping his car off the jack, just skinning his ankle. Lucky he didn't smash it.

Another was a young 20+ freaking out about a nail in his tire. Insisting that he now needs a new tire & calling shops to see who was still open. I took the tire to a garage down the street and they patched it for the price of a Starbucks latte. He couldn't believe the attendant said he was good to go, as he carefully examined the patch. Kind of like a kid with a new toy.

So there are people still out there that need help or have enough money that they don't care to do it themselves. For the rest of them, the number of DIY or "handymen" is quickly growing.

As for complexity, I wonder how much is intentional to keep the "pros" busy versus poor design? Case in point, 20 year old Buick, two plastic clips and you can replace the entire headlight assembly in 10 minutes. Same year Honda Accord, I'm told it's a major PITA.
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I attribute it to several things for IT people - the economy is booming and Trump has choked the H1B pipeline.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Repair jobs wages declining
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on September 12, 2018, 08:46:04 am »
I do lots of things myself and have for years. I have the shop manual for most of my cars. Have to say though Youtube is better for it though :).

Though recently I had the timing belt done - I know whats involved to do it. For that I dont mess around. I let a pro do it.

Bulbs and what not, I do it myself. I have noticed though that on modern cars most of the cars make it incredibly difficult to change the bulbs. You have to take all kinds of stuff off.

This I can say though - if you are handy around the house you can easily be a handyman. The majority of the population cannot do anything around the house. I mean basic stuff like fixing holes in sheet rock, changing switches and outlets.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by unix on September 08, 2018, 03:32:57 pm »
LG v20 has one huge advantage, it has a removable battery.  I get these ZeroLemon 10,000 mAh cells, they last for almost 2 days.


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Discussions - Public / Re: DC area
« Last post by unix on September 08, 2018, 02:30:10 pm »
Nice

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Discussions - Public / Re: DC area
« Last post by I D Shukhov on September 08, 2018, 05:07:38 am »
I'd never want to be a vegan.  If you eat a little bit of everything, you can't go wrong in life.

Back to DC area, how's the weather now?  We're finally cooler after temps in the 90's here in NJ.  I'm so happy!
60's for the next couple of days.  Fall will be here soon.  Kids back in school.  Life goes on.
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Discussions - Public / Re: DC area
« Last post by JoFrance on September 07, 2018, 03:23:47 pm »
I'd never want to be a vegan.  If you eat a little bit of everything, you can't go wrong in life.

Back to DC area, how's the weather now?  We're finally cooler after temps in the 90's here in NJ.  I'm so happy!
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on September 07, 2018, 07:36:13 am »
Lg v20 has manual controls. My next phone.

As does the iPhone:

https://camera.plus/

https://halide.cam/

I have both of these apps and they have full manual controls.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by unix on September 07, 2018, 04:30:39 am »
Lg v20 has manual controls. My next phone.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Repair jobs wages declining
« Last post by unix on September 07, 2018, 04:29:37 am »
I do brakes, radiators, belts even did a timing belt once but it took me 3 days.
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