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  1. George, I see this as a good example of surivorship bias. The difficulty of repair vs longer mileage comparison is still working from the assumption that all vehicles will last that long. It's also framing the vehicle's value in only two dimensions; repair difficulty versus longevity. This thread also seems to be steering towards the assumption that there's a correlation between vehicle longevity, and the difficulty to repair. I recently bought a used car and shopping around revealed some important points. First, it's absolutely incredible how coordinated the price-pointing is on use
  2. Thomas, I think your question has a few layers to it which can be addressed via the original point of this post. You're basing the longevity expectation of modern vehicles on the survivors which raises the question or whether or not the barrier to self repair is a good thing. This completely overlooks the fact that the barrier to self repair raises the cost of the repairs at a shop. That in turn, makes it less economically viable for owners to risk the expense of doing a costly repair, knowing that the vehicle may soon suffer more problems. I've owned eight vehicles in my
  3. Thomas, Your comment about "throw-away society" reminded me of something. If you peruse a typical survival manual, you'll likely find all sorts of information on how to convert resources into useful products for survival. A great example is how to make cordage which has a lot of survival applications. However, it's pretty rare for a survival manual to address preserving, maintaining, and and re-using cordage. This despite the fact that it's actually a lot of work to convert vegetation into viable cordage in most environments. As for the high mileage brag, I think there's an i
  4. During WWII there was a statistician named Abraham Wald who took part in an analysis of bomber planes that had returned from combat. The military thinking to that point was to add armor to the parts that were getting hit since it seemed fairly obvious that was where the bullets were landing. Wald's group told the military to add armor to the parts of the bomber that were not hit. They reasoned that the damaged parts were obviously not critical because the only examples to inspect post combat had survived. This suggested that the difference between the planes that were shot down, and th
  5. Jealdi, Steve beat me to it. He knows what he's talking about.
  6. There's a purpose-built version of a 12" adjustable wrench with a hammer poll on one side. It's my understanding that miners would stick a 12" adjustable wrench in their back pocket. When they needed to set an anchor in the ceiling of a shaft, they rapped it home with the edge of the wrench, then tightened the bolt to expand the anchor with the wrench. Somebody noticed that the miners were breaking a lot of adjustable wrenches so they made the hammer version. I just checked, and McMaster Carr sells them under the name "adjustable wrench with hammer face". Interestingly, "hammer wrench" in
  7. If you do decide to hire an electrician to bring you a new 240V circuit, I would recommend having them install a proper #12 CU SO cord instead of that NM-2 cable which is definitely not approved for that use.
  8. Stone, You might ask your home insurance provider to quote it for you. Be advised that insurance is a tricky subject. I have a carpenter neighbor who had an insurance policy to cover all his tools which where in a trailer, parked on his property. One day he parked the trailer on the street right in front of his home. Some thief broke in and stole several tools. The insurance company denied the claim because the trailer wasn't parked in the driveway. The kicker was, that the insurance would have covered him if he'd parked the trailer any place between his driveway and his job s
  9. Nodebt, It was my extremely superficial understanding that their extraction process was chemical as it involved volatile stuff like Benzine.
  10. Nodebt, your comment reminded me of something I've only had a passing interaction with. According to several local authorities having jurisdictions, the process to extract THC from Marijuana must done in "explosion-proof" rooms. As one might expect, these rooms are terrifically expensive to build. From what I've seen of explosion proof rooms in this industry, there are no interlocks preventing (or even warning) someone from opening the explosion proof door when there are high concentrations of explosive vapors in the room. There are no airlock anteroom chambers either. The risk just
  11. We've all heard the adage that "the customer is always right", or "it all pays the same". I'm sure we've all had experiences where diplomacy and patience were rewarded. It's been my experience that a polite, patient, and diplomatic approach is successful in the vast majority of disputes. Giving people room to be mistaken without pushing for apologies or corrections allows them to "save face" which often allows them to appear magnanimous in the end. You never really know what people are going through. There are lots of organizational rules that may require some mental gymnastics to justify
  12. WelshJ, I wasted a lot of time and emotion on a dead end, but I didn't end up with any paternity issues so that's good. Red3; Thank you for commenting, it reminds me of what I might have said at your age. While our estimable Thomas Powers has a good point, I would like to suggest a balancing argument. Many of the most rewarding things in life come from sharing experiences with others. If you want or think you might want to have kids, get married, or support friends and/or family, I would recommend considering how little time we actually have to achieve financial, social, and emotional
  13. Now I'm not naming names here, but wow, did that ever apply to my younger self!
  14. Mine goes back to a Pulitzer prize winning book entitled "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. The main character writes this hilariously insulting letter which he addresses to "Mongoloid. esq". This is playing on the British use of the term as a courtesy title, historically in reference to someone who's apprenticing to the higher station of knighthood. Americans would typically interpret .esq to infer that the named person is a lawyer. Hopefully "rockstar.esq" is sufficiently ridiculous that nobody takes the honorific seriously. As a kid, I wanted become a rock and roll m
  15. Flaky friends are not worth having. Their actions tell you that they don't respect you enough to keep their commitments, so accept their decision and move on. A low-ball job offer is an employer telling you what they think you're worth. Banks can tell when your bills are due and when your paycheck gets deposited. If your balance gets low enough, they'll pick just the right day to stall the deposit and post the bill payments to maximize overdrafts which get taken out of your paycheck. When you're broke, any accidental over-payment that's made instantly(credit/online), will
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