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Old 08-27-2018, 09:31 AM   #1
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Why DIY takes so long

OK, time to replace that rear, top left clearance light. It should only take ten or fifteen minutes.

Wrong!

1. Find the replacement light, is it in the garage or the motorhome? Great, I found it! 20min
2. Get the ladder from the back yard. Oops, I need to take down that party decoration that's been hanging up there for three months. 15min
3. Find my tools. 20min
4. Can't find my butt connectors so I'll solder the wires. Find the soldering iron. 15min
5. Climb up, remove the old light, solder in the new one. 10min
6. Forgot to put the heat shrink tubing on before soldering, I'll use electrical tape, but where is it? Climb down, look for it. 5min
7. Climb back up, tape the splices and mount the new light. 5min

Total Time, not including clean-up and putting everything away = 1 1/2 hours!

(But #5 + #7 did only take fifteen minutes)

The good news is, I found a couple of other parts and several tools that had gone missing. Now, time to get on to the next job, it should only take an hour or so.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:57 AM   #2
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:48 AM   #3
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You are so right. I never did a 20minute job that didn't take at least half the day sometimes they become more involved and take two or three days. smile...
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:37 AM   #4
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We call it Idaho time-it never matches how long it should take-LOL
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Old 09-11-2018, 09:14 AM   #5
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Good one, Bob.

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Old 09-11-2018, 12:00 PM   #6
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Bob-

What? No time spent fixing things you broke while you were trying to fix things?!? On a clearance light job, you lose the wire end through the hole in the cap, and then the fishing begins... there goes a few more hours!

Thanks for the chuckle, Bob!
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Bob-

What? No time spent fixing things you broke while you were trying to fix things?!? On a clearance light job, you lose the wire end through the hole in the cap, and then the fishing begins... there goes a few more hours!

Thanks for the chuckle, Bob!
You know, that's the one thing I thought about ahead of time. I clamped them off with a pair of hemostats.

I usually have these steps as well:

1. Stop the bleeding, find and put on a bandaid.
2. Gather up and put away the leftover nuts and bolts.
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Took me 4 days to install my hydraulic jacks a little at a time at work. DIY means not in a hurry.
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