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Old 10-26-2010, 01:45 PM
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Default When you were younger, did you have stuff break on you all the time . . .

. . . so that now that you are older, you take care of stuff so that the fun does not have to stop?

I remember dirtbiking with friends back when I was a youngster. I never had a dirtbike and had to rely on friends letting me "try" theirs and inevitably, the bike would break or something would happen that would end the fun and usually right before it was finally, my turn.

Once I finally got my own dirtbike and a stable, I made sure to keep it/them in good shape and to bring along every possible spare part that could/would break so that the repair could be made and the Good-Times could keep on Rolling.

Now that it comes to boating, I have the same mentality. I spend a lot of downtime making sure everything on the boat is in order, then spend nights before fishing trips making sure lines are not nicked, leaders are smooth, snap swivels and terminal tackle is sound and abundant and hooks/rigs are tied and fresh.

The next day, the boat ride is uneventful and pleasureable and we all catch fish and lose very few, if any, fish to equipment problems and I can't recall a time when someone had to stop fishing because the reel was broken. I remember fishing with my Dad one day;

His line was always, "Why spend money on expensive reels?, just buy the cheap ones and when it breaks, just buy a new one." Well, one day, we were into the fish and I get a big one when the reel locks up on me and the fish is lost. There is no spare reel/rod on the boat. That day I vowed to do what it took to buy quality reels so that the fun would not have to stop ever again. Now, it could have been budgetary reasons as well as "living within ones means" but I know my dear ole Dad could have swung whatever reel he wanted but being "old-school", chose cheap-o reels, the cheapest money could buy.

I learned about cheap stuff way back when, how about you?
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
I learned about cheap stuff way back when, how about you?
I had a LJ80 i took it on the trailer to offroad events and i usually was lucky when it got back on the trailer with its own power...

the rear axle was secured with strap cause the supension needed some welding each trip ...

finally killed it with some driving in aprox 2m of water, a gasket on the air filter failed and a new engine was more expensive than a new used LJ....
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Age doesn't seem to matter for me. I joke with my wife all the time that it seems like everytime I want to use something I have to fix it first. This would include the weed wacker, lawn tractor, lawn mower, chain saw, etc. I had a flat tire on the lawn tractor and grabbed the bicycle pump but the hose on that was split so I had to fix the pump before I could fix the tire.

I winterize all of my lawn and garden equipment. Run fuel stabilizer and fogging oil through the mowers, chain saws, etc. and it seems like every spring something won't start. My brother is the complete opposite, wherever he is done with something is where it lays. He has never winterized anything in his life yet everything seems to start right up in the spring, drives me insane.

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As my Dad would tell people, "Tommy can tear up a steel anvil"

Yep, guess I have learned patience of the years though. However seems every year when I take buddy of mine's tractor to out hunt club something breaks on it while I am on it and not him;?;? not from abuse just because shit happens that way. This year power steering line broke however days before he had a short and burnt bunch of wires (luckily he was on it that time)

It if can break it is gonna happen with me
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I still try to consider myself young... But have just recently come to the conclusion if I didn't have jack... I wouldn't have anything to break or be broken....many moons ago I didn't have squat... Had plenty of spare time, days off I would have to find things to do.... Not anymore I don't have enough time in the day, and when I do im fixing stuff, but also im gone during the week with work and home only on weekends..... So thinking about the same ..... Buy disposable stuff!
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I got rid of my dirtbikes, it was hard and still is. I got rid of my streetbike, not as hard as I don't miss it much. Like others, I don't miss having to tinker with them anymore and would want stuff that just won't break as easily though the CR500R and CBR1000 I had were pretty solid.

NOT having cheap plastic bodied reels, I don't miss.
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Is it really that your more interested in taking care of your stuff now? Or is it possible that now that your a little older, you can afford a little better stuff, and when you find that nic in the line, you know you can afford to replace it?

For me, I grew up with zero, and when something wasn't working well, I knew that was the end of it. So out of sight, out of mind, no point in checking stuff out, because I couldn't replace it anyway.

It's just mindset. I also change my oil in my vehicles more now, maybe because I can afford to.


Just a thought, an interesting topic though.
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When I was younger I beat the bag out of everything. I spent more time working on my 4WD's and street cars because of it. I should have installed zippers on my engines to get them out faster but I was pretty quick at a tear down and repair. A play date was with bulldozers and big trucks.

I grew up a little. I know my Dad is looking down and proud of it.
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I'm still young at 21 and I tend to beat the hell out of my stuff at times. I learned at a very young age that if I break something then I get to fix it, my dad taught me how to fix everything within reason and that has been an invaluable skill for me. Worked out really well, instead of getting pissed off at me for something he would teach me how to fix it and let me know how I broke it in the first place. When all of my friends would break something at their house when we were younger it was always this big, my parents can't find out, blah blah which is ashame.

That said things will inevitably break, knowing how to fix them is priceless. I'm a bit of a quality freak though, I like to have the best of something, from tools to electronics. Even high end stuff breaks though :/
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I don't mind fixing quality items when need be.
A skill passed on by my Dad.
But I won't waste time trying to fix crap!
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You pretty much described me. Even the part about dirt bikes. Always had spare clutch levers, perches, spark plugs, safety wire, inner tubes, carb jets, clutch plates, tires, handle bars, grips etc.

A long time ago I lost a nice fish because I was using cheap tackle. I vowed to never let that happen again. And I haven't.

What probably drives us to be that way is that you only get so many opportunities to catch that big fish, or win that MX race, you don't want to risk any of those opportunities by taking short cuts.
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My mx days are long gone now. But back in the day most of my dad and my time was spent working on all the bikes getting them ready for the weekend. When race day rolled around there were usually 3 bikes ready to rock. Im proud to say that I had only about 2 dnfs due to mechanical error. My dad taught me to apply this lesson to the way I work on my boats. If you take the time to be prepared, then you'll have more time to enjoy what you have.
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In college I owned a few different boats, never a motor newer than 30 years old though. I recently graduated and bought a low hours 04 motor. I have put 20 hours on it since then and every time i turn the key i still expect it not to start. Every time i rev it up I'm waiting for it to lurch/bog down/choke out...etc. I still have a terrible feeling in my gut every time I run the motor. I don't know how long it's going to take to get rid of this and trust my motor.

I will say that having old motors did teach me a whole lot about how to fix things; and gave me a lot of diagnostic knowledge.
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Chet happens.

Cheap is my middle name.

I carry spare reels on my boat.

I carry tools in my truck and on my boat because chet happens.

If it wasn't for repairing things, I'd get bored, really.
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I have very good luck with my stuff.....knock on wood. But as far as borrowing someone else's stuff, the odds are stacked against me, so I rent or buy.
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I would love to be able to afford "expensive"- "quality"- "top of the line" tackle, but if I spent $2-3-400 on a rod/reel combo they wouldn't be no money for gas and fishing.

Besides that, do you know that an expensive rod and reel combo will sink 3 times as fast as a cheap one.

I buy the cheaper stuff, keep it in good repair, and I am able to own enough of it to have spare rods and reels. Went fishing Monday and Tuesday, inshore marsh fishing, light tackle, $15 rod and a $20 reel landed the largest fish 20+ lb jack crevelle, loaded with (cheap) 10# test. Figured by the time I got him in that reel would be toast, nope continued using it. Ended the day yesterday catching 22 speckled trout. Brought a total of 3 rod/reel combos, none costing more than $40, all 3 made the return trip.

So if I am to understand, you went fishing only having enough rods and reel combos to supply anglers with one each, no spares. And when one broke, you are going to blame not having a rod to fish with, on the equipment being cheap? Shucks, I wouldn't do that if I had the most expensive stuff to be had, even good stuff breaks.
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As I'm getting older(37 now) it drives me crazy when things aren't working properly or completely disorganized. Yes I tend to be a little AR. When I go to use something I expect it to work properly. If something breaks due to a non-maintenance related item, I can understand. If something doesn't work because someone was just to lazy to repair/replace a broken Item that pisses me off! Have some friends who's stuff are always in a state of misrepair/broken and im always WTF! I think it's part having more money now and putting a higher value on my free time, and part understanding that if I don;t take care of things it's gonna cost me more later on.

I also won't buy a power tool from a manufacturer unless it comes with a case(unless no one sells it with one). Keeps everything organized so I can just grab it and go, I don't have to search for a missing part or chuck for a drill. Became a big fan of Festool. Not cheap but works great every time and I get more done(higher value on time).

I just find I would rather spend some extra time/money when I have it making sure things are running well and organized than take the chance of having things crap out when I need it most or have that day off from work.
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
...even good stuff breaks.
Or in my case when my clumsy feet slip on the mud and my buttock comes smashing down on the reel! That had to be the one day I had no spares!
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As a kid I da a Sears/Eska 7.5 HP outboard, man I beat that thing to death, really I did! It took 3 repairs within 1 yr for me to return it and get my full refund!

Sears does stand behind their product even if it did suck! I moved up to a used 15 HP high thrust Johnson and never had a problem.
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It takes experience to learn the difference between "cheap" and "inexpensive." But... When in doubt, prepare to shell out.

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