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Old 02-21-2016, 08:49 PM   #15
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How I wish I were more like you guys
It would be a lot more relaxing...

I am anal retentive, so everything has to work properly.
AND, if everything is working properly, I always try to find something that I can make work better.

Then in my spare time, I browse this site for ideas on new things to buy and install on the RV....and then try to give them more horse power.....

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I too am anal retentive and EVERYTHING has to be pretty darn perfect. I like tinkering and love working on tasks that require a ton of detail. It can be exhausting and frustrating at times which makes it a "love-hate" thing. My wife always tells me that I am incapable of relaxing. Oh well, it could be worse.
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:12 AM   #16
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Choosing when and where to fix what-ever-it-is is a wonderful luxury that I often do not have. When money and time permit, I fix it. If it is important enough, I make the time and find the money. If it is not imperative, there is usually something to do first.

Once I start a project however, I like to restore it as much as I can. I may go in for a bad minor issue, but once I take it apart, I try not to put it back together with any other bad or weak parts...

I do not mind fixing things, in fact, I enjoy it. What I don't like is re-fixing things. In my mind, if I fix it, I should not need to visit it again for a long time.

Professionally, one might call this the 'enhanced service call'. Go in to update the relay, but while there you see the software is out of date, and the fuses are wrong, and the wiring has a bad terminal. You don't just replace the relay because that is the topic, you fix all that you see that is wrong...

I use the same logic when I fix at home or in the RV. I won't usually replace the working relay because it is out of date, if working well. But once it shows symptoms of failing, I go in prepared to upgrade the entire component. That is, of course, if I have the time and money. Which brings us back to the top of this posting....
You have described the "Law of Expanding Projects" aka "Project Creep".

You are correct. There is no need to do something if you are not going to do it right.
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You have described the "Law of Expanding Projects" aka "Project Creep".

You are correct. There is no need to do something if you are not going to do it right.
Which brings up the question of, how to get back to the original unfinished project when there are so many others in the way? Priorities, I suppose. It is a struggle.

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I generally do an estimate of effort and time and then at minimum double or triple both before starting the project. It takes away any disappointment when the project expands.
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