Thursday, March 24, 2016
Secret repair guy concept revealed.
Looking back, I've had my hands on a lot of different pieces of equipment over the years. More often than not I had to figure out how to repair it on my own.
*Auto mechanic - check
*Mower mechanic - check
*Wiring repair - check
The list could go on for pages....
I still remember the first time I was asked, "Tim, how do you know how to work on so many different kind of things?" In truth, I'd never really thought about it.
So I answered truthfully. I don't.
You see what appears to be so many different things to most folks are a hand full to me.
Let me explain.
Pretty much any powered equipment is driven by one of two things; an internal combustion engine whose foundational principals haven't changed for over 100 years, or an electrical motor that really has about 3 different varieties. Yup that's it, two power sources.
At the other end of what ever it is you're trying to fix there is something that is either going up and down, or turning in circles.
Tires on the car? Turning.
Floor sander? Turning or going back and forth depending on the sander.
Power washer or paint pump? Pistons going back and forth pushing the water or paint.
OK, you get the point.
So what is in the middle connecting these two?
If it isn't connected directly you have either a belt, gears, or some sort of hydraulic pump and motor to transfer liquid movement/pressure. That's it.
I work on two power sources, three ways of transmitting the power, and one of two things should be happening if everything is working OK.
Not really all that much too it when you look at it that way.