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post #41 of 45 Old 10-13-2019, 09:10 PM
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I bit a big percentage of woodworkers are DIYer's, I know I (was). I am now too old to do things around the house that need repair. I really hate that I know how to fix something but just can't do it.
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I am a die hard DIYer, I used to restore antique John Deere tractors I g`ot tired of getting royally hosed on their parts, so i bought an engine lathe mill and grinder, have built a bunch of parts


Did I save anything? Doubt it but I still have the machines and learned a lot about running them, just wish the internet was around when I was doing it, mine was all trial and error, but I did really make some good money turning hollow shaft stubs for big air handlers, had a couple high rises that had a bunch of 50 ton Trane air handlers the parts to replace the shaft was about $14,000 and add $6-10,000 for labor. I turned the stubs and sweat them in, took about 45 minutes to fix the unit and I charged $5000 to do it, made good money and saved the customer a bunch to boot
In my younger days before I could afford a new car, I only bought used cars that always needed work. Instead of giving mechanics my money, I used it to buy tools and did it myself. Before YouTube I even took classes at the junior college to learn everything I needed to know and even got a CA Smog license. Now I have everything to open an Automotive Shop, but I canít climb under cars anymore. I will be installing my own lift soon as my shop is finished. I donít plan on ever opening a shop for income, but all my friends and family are welcome to use it.
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I don't think you can treat for termites on your own. They go deep in the ground with their nests. They can be hard to detect as they stay away from the light and any exposure except when a new swarm forms to migrate. We had them in our shop. concrete floors, steel frame, siding & roof. There is a 4' deep concrete stem wall. They came up inside through construction joints where there were a few cabinets.
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I don't think you can treat for termites on your own. They go deep in the ground with their nests. They can be hard to detect as they stay away from the light and any exposure except when a new swarm forms to migrate. We had them in our shop. concrete floors, steel frame, siding & roof. There is a 4' deep concrete stem wall. They came up inside through construction joints where there were a few cabinets.



You are quite correct. It is great to be a DoItYourselfer, but you also have to recognize the limits where it is not practicable. Termite treatment/extinguish is one of those.


I have been a DIY person my entire life, but I know not to try to tackle termites even though I have more knowledge about the task than most people. When I owned the feed store I sold all types of chemicals for pest control. Some of those chemicals could have been used for termite control. Especially in the years when Chlordane was legal. However, that does not make me a termite exterminator. Far from it.


Years ago I did most of the work on my vehicles, but not anymore. I just do not have the knowledge of the new technology, nor the equipment to work on the modern engine.


I would hate for someone to read this thread and go away thinking that they can do their own termite treatment.


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In my younger days before I could afford a new car, I only bought used cars that always needed work. Instead of giving mechanics my money, I used it to buy tools and did it myself. Before YouTube I even took classes at the junior college to learn everything I needed to know and even got a CA Smog license. Now I have everything to open an Automotive Shop, but I canít climb under cars anymore. I will be installing my own lift soon as my shop is finished. I donít plan on ever opening a shop for income, but all my friends and family are welcome to use it.



I was the same way, didn't buy my first new vehicle until I was 46, it was a 2001 F250 with a 7.3 diesel, the next year I bought my wife one too except 4WD, we still have both, my wife keeps them looking like new, but mine was a service truck for my HVAC/R bidness so it has a little more wear and tear, and about 150,000 more miles on it


But neither leaks or uses oil, both are in very good condition, and both have been paid for for about 16 years. A new one equipped like my wife's would run about $75,000


But before that with some good help we could change a long block out on a Saturday and listen to it purr with the first cold beer before 5 pm LOL
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