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Old 08-14-2019, 02:20 PM   #281
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Nothing quite so handy as the right Ďbig honking toolí!!
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:03 PM   #282
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Well done. Lots of satisfaction in doing the repair yourself.

An old saying: "Don't judge someone by what they have, judge them by what they don't need." Back in the midwest we took pride in doing it ourselves instead of calling someone.

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Old 08-15-2019, 12:48 AM   #283
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I clicked on the first page of your thread by accident and saw it was 2012. You are committed!

Well done on the self repair. I am not from the Midwest but have the same philosophy as David. Much more rewarding when something is done yourself. Of course I live 5 miles from a state that has made it illegal to work on your own car at your home.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:23 AM   #284
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Jeremy- California indeed has some strange ideas.

So I have been writing about my Tradewind for 8 years. I hope I am still writing about it in another 8 years. Maybe it will be time for another Wh control valve.

I never considered taking it to a shop. Itís just the way I am wired. The average thinking with this repair would be to install a new water heater. Letís see that would be $400 for the Wh and $200 labor plus the time to take it there and wait for the repair, or leave it there and come back the next day. I ordered the part on line, it arrived 3 days later and it took 1 hour to install it. Less time, less hassle and a whole lot less money. I would rather spend that $500 saved on traveling. Like I will be going to the Little League Baseball World Series next week. Out of pocket cost will be about $100, not counting food, cuz I gotta eat anyway.
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:42 PM   #285
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Jeremy- California indeed has some strange ideas.

So I have been writing about my Tradewind for 8 years. I hope I am still writing about it in another 8 years. Maybe it will be time for another Wh control valve.

I never considered taking it to a shop. Itís just the way I am wired. The average thinking with this repair would be to install a new water heater. Letís see that would be $400 for the Wh and $200 labor plus the time to take it there and wait for the repair, or leave it there and come back the next day. I ordered the part on line, it arrived 3 days later and it took 1 hour to install it. Less time, less hassle and a whole lot less money. I would rather spend that $500 saved on traveling. Like I will be going to the Little League Baseball World Series next week. Out of pocket cost will be about $100, not counting food, cuz I gotta eat anyway.
Much to the consternation of DW and our kids, i am wired the same way. I have much more time than money. I will only pay someone to do something if it is physically dangerous, I can't do it myself, or I won't do it for what the vendor will charge. Replacing the flooring in my trailer is an example. The flooring retailer wanted $400 to install vinyl plank floor throughout my classic 30. I'm not sure I could even get up off the floor, go out of the trailer to cut a plank, get back in the trailer, and get down to lay the plank that many times. I know I wouldn't do that job for $400.

I have installed a disc brake actuator and run the home run line to the front axle, replaced the switches in my water heater (which weren't bad, by the way), replaced the propane regulator, added a propane quick disconnect for our grill, aligned my slideout when I got the trailer and it was not right, pulled the bedroom furniture to get up wet carpet in inaccessible places and rebuild the roadside twin bed to replace a rotted bulkhead, and the list goes on......

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Out of pocket cost will be about $100, not counting food, cuz I gotta eat anyway.

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Two comments.



First, California has nothing on manufacturers in making it impossible to work on our own cars. My car is the first I have ever owned that did not come with a dipstick. Moreover, when I lift the hood, I can't see the actual engine for all the cladding.


Second, knowing your stellar capacity for work-arounds, I'll bet you could easily find a way to eat for free; maybe even find a way to not eat, though I'd only put money on the former.
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