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  •  Well done, dsteffen (1+ / 0-)
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    You might be interested in this diary about GFCIs, which spawned the Saturday Morning Home Repair series.

    don't always believe what you think...

    by claude on Sat May 30, 2009 at 09:04:46 AM PDT

    •  Thanks, Claude. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm a big fan of SMHRP, thought I don't often get a chance to stop in and comment in real time.

      I've seen mentions of checking GFCI's in your diaries, but I didn't realize that was how you'd started off the whole series.  I would have linked to it if I had.

      I especially liked this part:

      I grew up in a house that was being rebuilt around us, and I learned a simple lesson. People can do things. Most people,  especially those who think of themselves as total idiots in this regard, in my experience, are surprised to find out how much they can do, once they are shown how.

      My experience was similar but different, if you will.  I grew up on farm where my dad was struggling to survive on a 50-50 tenant lease (I think it probably qualified as "sharecropping", but tenant farmers in the mid-west tried to hold themselves above such characterizations...)  In that environment, if we didn't do it ourselves, we couldn't afford to get it done.  I wired a barn for electricity when I was 14, put up fences, built individual hog houses, dismantled unused outbuildings -- saved the wood and even straightened the nails (at Dad's insistence) for re-use-- learned to repair machinery, learned enough about engines to be able to rebuildid the  engine in a $15.00 Chevy II when I was just out of college...  

      There's one over-riding lesson that came out of it.  For just about anything that you'll ever encounter in life, there's no one part of it that's particularly complicated, the complication only comes in the complexity of all the simple little steps.  It's the elephant begging to be eaten one bite at a time.

      Thnaks again for stopping in and commenting, Claude.  I appreciate the kind workds.

      People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

      by dsteffen on Sun May 31, 2009 at 08:58:38 AM PDT

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