Unfortunately all these are quite common things brought about by lack of
forethought, loss of instructions, and a problem with engaging brain cells
with common sense written on them.
I have found that folk like me who never went to university exhibit far more
of all three good practices etc, than most Graduates do, as they tend to
imagine they know all about everything.
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I don't think you can generalise: my experience is that going to
university doesn't makes much difference. Even as a schoolboy I was
aware that some of my friends were of the practical type, and others the
impractical ones. But I had no idea really why that was: family
background, genetic inheritance, who knows? Though I'm sure that having
a father who was always willing to take things apart to mend them and do
d-i-y jobs around the house must have influenced me.
At college I found that among my friends there were both practical and
impractical types. The difference became apparent quite quickly, as
nearly all of us rode bicycles in those days. When the bike went wrong
type (a) got out their screwdriver, spanner etc and started to fix it,
type (b) headed for the nearest bike shop. One of my friends even took
his Sturmey Archer hub gears completely apart and explained to me how
they worked, which quite impressed me at the time. A few years later
when I had a similar problem I was inspired by his example to do the
same, and got it re-assembled and working again. On the whole, I don't
really think my college education affected my d-i-y skills. But are
those with good d-i-y skills more or less likely to go to university
than the others - I doubt if it makes much difference. But your mileage
On Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:31:50 AM UTC, Clive Page wrote:
I grew up in a house where the only screw driver was a bent wire one that c
ame with the Singer sewing machine and the only saw a tenon saw. We had a h
ammer and a hatchet of course but basically that was it. I'm the other extr
eme. A dyed in the wool tool junkie, so its not hereditary though may own c
hildren, male and female, will tackle d.i.y. jobs.
In fact I am the only one in here who has built his entire house
from scratch on a bare block of land and have a university education.
And I saw that with everyone I knew when I was an adult too.
Some of it appears to just the the luck of the draw,
particularly with one family I know where the one
I got involved in having his own house built for
him after I infected quite a few with house
building after I built mine was notorious for
being the butcher of the family whose idea
of wiring in the offpeak storage electrical
heater was to stuff the excess cable down the
back of it out of sight unless you looked down
the back. Fortunately he paid for most of the
work to be done for him.
While mine was into carpentry, I was the one that did all
the fixing of stuff that broke. And I could always tell what
would work new construction wise whereas he always
under designed it and didn’t see it last for very long.
I went one better than that. One of the neighbour's kids presented
me with a box of the bits after he had pulled one to bits and couldn’t
get it back together again. I'd never seen one dissembled before,
knew how they worked and had to use the wear marks to work
out how to went back together. Worked fine after doing that.
I know mine didn’t and know that it allowed me to walk
around my parent's house when it was being constructed
using an unusual post and beam type of contraction,
architect designed, and decide that building houses
was as easy as falling off a log, went home, bought
some land and designed and built my own, very
unusual passive solar design, with all the basics
being researched down the library.
And had the local council tell the local builders
to look at how I had done the concrete slab for
the entire house, before the concrete was poured,
because that is how the reinforcing should be done.
I just gave the manufacturer of the mesh the house
plan and got a detailed design of the slab from them
for free. I used the bar chairs that hold the mesh up
so it end up part way thru the concrete when its
poured as the design said to do. The builders use
the other approach of pulling the mesh up with a
T handled steel rod with a hook on the end at the
time the concrete is poured. That relys on the
individual doing that doing that right and the
building inspector can't see where its going to
end up before its poured.
Dunno. I expect that many of those with good
skills like that may choose to become apprentices
instead of going to uni. Corse plenty that do are
the dregs of the labour market that are forced by
the govt to become apprentices or they wont get
any dole etc too.
And plenty like Pete the parrot keeper who did
go to uni and have the silliest ideas about DIY too.
There you go, face down in the mud, as always.
No house is anything like it. The neighbours houses were all
built later than mine and the next door neighbour actually
bought the block next to mine because our rented flats were
next to each other in the block of flats we were living in at the
time. They were the first of those I knew who I managed to
infect wit the house building bug. Most of them just used
a commercial builder, including that one.
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