I have DIY'd many a vehicle problems. Every once in a while I actually did good. Most times I either repaired/replaced at least one thing that wasn't bad before replacing the right thing, and the other times I just flat out had to give up and let a real pro fix my problem.
Originally Posted by stevelwi
Overall, I have probably payed at least twice as much over the years to have the priveledge to bust my knuckles up and frustrate myself fixing my own vehicles.
Government is a disease...
...masquerading as its own cure
Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV
Amen brother! I had a guy call me for a no-heat (oil) in the middle of Jan (15deg OT) and when I got there he had this huge pile of parts in a box and said he thinks it was one of these.
Originally Posted by RoBoTeq
He must have cleaned the shelf off at Home Cheapo and finally gave up. Actual problem was a broken heat anticipater wire in an old honey t87 round. (and he broke it! when he took the cover off to blow out the dust, lol)
DIYs have been good to me. I can not tell you how many DIYs systems I
have gone back and brought up to speed. Some have actually done a
pretty good job of installing, just did not get it up to top performance.
Some were a disaster, and actually damaged the system installed. I
walked away from those, and told the DIYer the system was never going
to work properly, or last very long. Oh well, so goes life.
True Heavy Metal Geek
Its the same one that has been posted before by others.
Warning: Just because I am over the head injury doesn't mean I'm normal!
The day I stop learning.... I'm dead!
Probably because of liability. Not too smart for a pro forum to give DIY links. This is a sue-crazy country.
Originally Posted by PaysonHVAC
I like the DIYer's, when they screw something up, they always ask how much will it cost to fix the problem, and when I tell them it would have been about a hundred before they jacked with it, but since you screwed it up,now it's gonna run about a thousand.
It's even better when the wife is present to watch them squirm
I guess i better not comment on DYI's .
Anything I feel competant at attempting myself ........ I just pretty much do it.
Now not to say it doesnt take a lot longer for me to do then someone that really knows what thet are doing , its just that I like fixing things or doing something totally differant then what I do for a job, that excludes sheetrocking, bucking bales , digging ditches and other things that itsa more of a manuel labor without much use of the mind. OH and I forgot, leary of microwaves being I dont want to glow in the dark
Now I know that I can pay to have it done a lot easier then the hassel of doing it myself but I would rather expand my knowledge of differant things.
Thats just the way I am, MONEY ISN"T EVERYTHING
Last edited by dec; 07-26-2008 at 04:54 PM.
I do many things myself but I don't do things I am unfamiliar with or that can impact the safety of others.
When I was young I learned how to do many things on cars, I have built many hot rod and non hot rod engines. I have changed out tyrannies and clutches even done lots of brake jobs.
I do not rebuild front ends or tear into transmissions, I no longer do brakes because I don't know the systems.
I would not presume to sit down and design a motor from a bunch of parts, say for instance design a head or an intake. that is for people with the training.
The same for an HVAC system, if you don't understand then don't mess with it. An A/C system has to breathe just like an engine and an amateur trying to design a duct system would be akin to an amateur trying to design a flow chamber for an engine. They may be able to move air from one place to another but what kind of performance will it deliver.
The pro knows from repeated experience how much damage can be done in a split second by error. He makes x part of his livelihood fixing other people's unfortunate mistakes.
Arrogance and an overestimation of self ability are part of the problem. But IMHO the biggest issue is the underestimation of the complexity of the science involved. It's a bad mix.
I once had a fellow walk up to my van when he saw the "Ice Machines" lettering on it. He looks at me, shakes his head and says "Aw man, ANYBODY can fix an ICE MACHINE!"
As Clint Eastwood said:
"A man's got to know his limitations".
This knucklehead probably fixed a water line leak and thinks he's a freakin' expert now.
Originally Posted by midhvac
Used to have a sign hanging on the wall in my old shop. I loved it!
Originally Posted by Catpower
$75/hr if you watch
$100/hr if you help
$150/hr if you tried to do it first and couldn't."