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Old 06-28-19, 07:50 AM   #8
jeff5may
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Well, you know, I have a lot of hobbies. I found one that pays for all of the others. That would be appliance repair.

Due to the shakedown in the industry, and the disposable attitude of users, the stuff made in the last decade or so just isn't as durable as the older units. Life expectancy has fallen from 20 plus years to around 10 if you're blessed, 8 if you're lucky, and less than 5 if you aren't. With the advent of the social marketplace, there are always a lot of broken down units available for beer money or free. Couple hours of diagnose and replace later, and I can list the things for 3 figures and people come running to purchase them. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, and window AC units move quickest.

My main "fun" hobbies are building hot rods and rat rods (1947 Chevy sedan delivery in progress now), analog audio gear scratch builds (6V6 push pull guitar amp is my youngest son's reference to which he compares potential pro audio gear upgrades), and making useful, durable stuff out of things otherwise headed to the landfill (wood fort swingset converted to a luxurious dog condominium).

People say I'm ADHD and insane. I've always got at least 3 projects going on at once, a few after the sale service issues to deal with, and a waiting list of things to do. The line between work and play is somewhat muddy in my life. I have friends and previous customers stopping by whenever for advice or help. I'm a firm believer in the motions that you only live once and what goes around comes around. Take care of people and they will take care of you.
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