reply to post by burntheships
Not to fear: I was not kidnapped by aliens, probed by the CIA/NSA, abducted to Nibiru for re-training, nor tasered for doing 56 in a 55.
Just a lot of personal waves of misfortune (this tornado outbreak was merely the last wave that hit us), and it took some time for me to get my head
screwed back on straight.
reply to post by Schkeptick
It went out of fashion to be able to do real things when it became more convenient to buy them or hire someone else to do them.
I have always hated it when I hear someone say "I am a doctor" or "I am a factory worker" or "I am a truck driver". No, you are a person
who happens to make your living doing those things. That was one valuable lesson my father left me with. He worked as a cabinet maker (could perform
miracles with a stick of wood), an exterminator, a heavy-duty mechanic, and a carpenter. But he also built our house, our garage (actually his
workshop), fenced the place in, cleared land, grew a garden, made his own tractor out of sheet metal, spare parts, and a Briggs & Stratton motor, and
generally turned this mass of unusable scrub land into a homestead and mini-farm with his bare hands. During all this he played
guitar/mandolin/banjo/fiddle and was a pretty decent artist.
And it's not just the 'city slickers' that have this attitude... it has reached out here as well. I think I am about the only one in this community
that still changes his own brakes and oil, does most other auto repairs, does his own plumbing and wiring, and builds his own stuff. That shop I built
was not built by a contractor; it was built from the ground up by one old decrepit redneck, his wife, and two young kids. We found ways to do the
things we needed to do with what we had available, and to this day those kids still mention how they got to tack down shingles and stain the
reply to post by UnixFE
Welcome to ATS! Sorry to disappear from sight there, but rest assured the Redneck will always be back.
There are just some things that cannot practically be made by hand... wires for example. But give me some old equipment and I can strip the wires form
it to do what needs to be done. A computer hulk, for instance, has tons of wire inside that can used in a pinch, from the small data wires that make
up the IDE cables to the larger power supply wire. A rusted out car is usually full of heavy-gauge wire, even older models. The trick is to look
around you and see what you have available.
For instance, the inverter... I had that old 300W inverter fro back when I drove a truck. It burnt out maybe a week after I bought it because I had it
overloaded. I keep stuff like that in case I need a fan or a cord in a pinch. So I found it. the connector was apart, no fuse, and I wasn't sure if
this one was the one that completely burnt out on me or not, but I tore some other ones that appeared in rougher shape apart to find a spring to hold
the fuse and screws that would hold the housing together again, stole a fuse out of an old Chevy Luv pickup that I am trying to fix, and plugged it
in. It worked. If necessary, I had extra fans in those other inverters... they may not have fit exactly, but I'm sure I could have made them give air
Now I'm thinking about building a personal water tower... after all I have a welder, some steel angle, and plenty of plumbing parts around here. And
should the power go out again, we would actually have water pressure for a few days. Even if I am able to find alternate power for the well, it might
break sometime and I would need a few days to fix it.
reply to post by JohnD
Unclaimed Baggage is still there; Scottsboro seems to have somehow been spared the worst of it. Power has been restored, and everything is open again.