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Re: The Maintenance Learning Curve to Competence Conundrum
The Universal Boat Troubleshooting Rules for Any Project.
(Feel free to add your own rules)
- Do a little reading first. If you have a manual read it too.
- Take your time, you're not on the clock. Everything will take twice as long as you think anyway.
- If you're taking apart something complicated take pictures. A little digital camera is your friend.
- Put parts into resealable sandwich bags and write what they're for on the bag with a sharpie.
- Sometimes drawing diagrams in a notepad is helpful. I keep a little one, maybe 3x4" in the nav desk.
- Think before you force anything.
- I can absolutely, positively guarantee that you will need the one damned tool you didn't bring and you'll have to run out to the hardware store/marine store/home center to buy one - and it will be a tool that you know you'll probably never use again - and now you'll have two.
- You will need one damn screw/nut/bolt to finish a job on a Sunday afternoon. You will learn this five minutes after every store has closed. Always buy extra hardware.
- Lube it with Palmolive to slide it on, shoot it with PB Blast to get it off.
- When you're really hot, sweaty and frustrated walk away for a few minutes, crack a beer and think. It's amazing what occurs to you when taking a break.
- When you're doing one of those jobs that requires a big hammer, curse the sumbitch with every swing. You'll feel better.
- Remember the woodworkers mantra. You WILL make mistakes, the difference between an amateur and a pro is how you fix or hide them.
- If it's the end of the day and you've just finished some nasty b@ll breaker of a job DO NOT even think about doing one more little project. It WILL blow up in your face. Instead crack a beer, celebrate a project completed and end the day on a win.
Yep, that's 13. If you work on boats you already know all about bad luck.
95 Catalina 30 Island Time
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau
Last edited by JimMcGee; 06-05-2013 at 02:48 PM.