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Old 11-10-2004, 11:38 AM   #15
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<We need a page on pulling the body off with a crane!>
I need a page on how to change the light bulbs in a 2004 CCD, just one of a multitude of items not in the manual!
This is a gReat idea!
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Old 11-10-2004, 12:02 PM   #16
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I like Fred's idea of also having them on his site. More exposure, more chance some one will find them, etc. Thanks Fred.

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Old 11-10-2004, 01:40 PM   #17
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Fred's idea sounds good to me too.
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Old 11-10-2004, 01:49 PM   #18
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So who wants to create the template for everyone to follow?
Are you putting photos and diagrams in the .pdf's? (probably)

Off course all the .pdf's would be public domain and could be downloaded and saved to your local PC.
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Old 11-10-2004, 02:35 PM   #19
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The template should be fairly easy, tools/equipment, materials, method. A little harder might be a common program to create it. Suggestions? Also any on additions to the template.

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Number of hours to complete the project.

Skill level of the project on a scale that has been determined in advance. 1 being anyone can do it, to a 10 being some one with serious skills.

Approximate cost of the actual project. This will vary by region, but would also allow someone to weigh the decision of DIY or write a check.

If the materials are unique, or exotic, lead times on how long it takes to get the stuff would be helpful. Nothing like having the old axles out and the frame ready only to find out it could be a few weeks until they will arrive.....and you have a big trip planned.


As to the program, a spreadsheet would allow for the time/tools/costs/difficulty to be easily defined. The how to, can be a Word document that is a template of steps. This would allow for some free form writing describing the how to steps without constraints. 2 PDF's per project, one is how to, the other is what you need.............
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Old 11-11-2004, 02:03 PM   #21
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PDF of what I did below, changes, additions? How about safety instructions, discalimer? I used Word, some have Excel, some don't, unless there is a strong demand to use it.

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Old 11-11-2004, 03:31 PM   #22
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....As to the program, a spreadsheet would allow for the time/tools/costs/difficulty to be easily defined. The how to, can be a Word document that is a template of steps. This would allow for some free form writing describing the how to steps without constraints. 2 PDF's per project, one is how to, the other is what you need.............
If the format is to be PDF, I would think it would be better to keep everything in one document, rather than multiple documents for any given project.

On the other hand, a compilation of documents in Microsoft Suite (XL, Word, Power Point, Project, etc,) makes things SO much easier to work with, download, massage, and customize for each individual's own needs and record keeping.

The existing format of the Forums (with slight modification to store the individual program files) could be utilized, where only the originator could modify the post, but all would be downloadable for others to use...

.....but if the real goal is to start out keeping it really simple - my vote is to keep everything in one document per project.

My personal preference would be for a Power Point compatible Format (instead of Acrobat) where each of the "slides" could be downloaded in their original programs (XL, Word, Photo, etc,).
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......Are you putting photos and diagrams in the .pdf's? (probably) Of course all the .pdf's would be public domain and could be downloaded and saved to your local PC.
The downside of .pdf's is that, once posted, you cannot change them.

The upside of .pdf's is that, once posted, you cannot change them.

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If the format is to be PDF, I would think it would be better to keep everything in one document, rather than multiple documents for any given project.
My reasoning for using Word, it is fairly simple to use, probably the most common, and the template can be exported as RTF which nearly any other wp can read.

As long as we have the original file we can update the .pdf as needed. If we take the time to do this I hate to see it spread over the internet with some one else taking credit. I have a dispute now another site now for exactly that reason. It is aggravating to see your time and work with another person's name across it.

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Some type of version control...

It would be nice to have some sort of forum based mechanism for controlling the documents and for keeping track of versions and updates. I am thinking of a mechanism that would allow controlled check out of the original for editing and/or for marking up suggested changes. Perhaps something like MS Visual Source Safe could be used. I know it is generally intended for software source control but it can work for any kind of files. An adminstrator can set up authorized users who can check out for modification while others can have a read only form of access.

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This is a great idea. Count me in as well. Fred...if you need some programming help let me know. I would be happy to pitch in.
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This is like some of the repairs and ugrades on www.pelicanparts.com a German car enthusiast site. The owners also publish books like "100 Projects for your Porsche" and so on. The books are terrific, with lots of photos and easy to follow directions on everything from level 1 to 5..novice to experienced. I am happy to help any way I can. maybe a template for this like John posted, and we can choose some areas to cull from and then write out the templates, and send to Fred to collate on his site??
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My pal, Josephhh's Freudian tendancy seems to get the best of him sometimes, but I think this is a great suggestion.

Regardless of the software used to capture the information, a legitimate concern is protecting the integrity of the information once it is posted, and of course prohibiting individual profit or gain; hence copyrighting could potentially be a big deal. Maybe that's presupposing too much, but then again it might be a good idea to get a legal opinion, or we just don't worry about it an press on!
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