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Old 10-08-2018, 09:07 AM
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I'm trapped in the middle on this one. Not quite up to letting go of $20 and not quite up to just writing the check. It really depends on what I'm doing and how big of a hurry I'm in.

I have gotten to the point where I'll buy once and cry once instead of throwing the cheapest solution at the problem. I find myself fixing my own 'cheap' repairs these days more than I do fixing new ones. Whether it's electrical, plumbing, or mechanical I've often made sacrifices because I didn't have the money at the time to do it right. I'm feeling the squeeze of old age hitting way too soon in my life and I realize that in 10 or 20 years I don't want to worry about these things popping back up. I suppose some of that goes back to staring at my mistakes/missteps for years at a time as well. I want to be proud of what I have rather than just being proud that I could do it.
I've always had more time than money.

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by greywynd View Post
One thing I’ve noticed these days, with the internet, is location still pays a part.

The next nearest place that I’m aware of to buy the same stuff is 65 miles away.

When it’s a ten foot long piece of aluminum downspout, shipping one piece really isn’t an option.
Mark, over time you will adapt to living in a rural area here.
I live the same distance from Edmonton. When I need screws, I buy a box. Before they run out I buy another. When we grocery shop we hit sales and fill the freezer.
And there are surprising resources locally once you get to know them. AIF is a outlet locally here. When you buy something, they charge no shipping. If I need some wigit or part now, I can order it in the afternoon, and pick it up next morning. It is more expensive then in town, but cheaper then burning the fuel. And then there are the way out of the way stores, that carry things like furnaces, and hard to find parts for a frost free hydrant, for example. That's Smith Hardware in a town of 150 people. Go figure.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:17 PM
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"Getting" ?

We are old.

FWIW, I made a barring over tool for the JG 240 skid steer.

Salvaged a ford starter pinion (looked at few in the neighbors junk
pile till one looked right).

Turned down a 1/2" bolt to slip the gear on, then tack welded it
in place.

The hex head is easy to attach a socket to.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:23 AM
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Once upon a time in my youth, I would have no choice but to buy something since I couldn't "make" it. As I got older and more experienced and with more fabrication tools, I realized a lot of stuff COULD be made rather than buying it. But then that leads to the "is it worth my time" issue that has been described here. I AM certainly guilty of spending hours making a $20 tool...

PS: and you must factor in travel time and in-the-store time when offsetting purchase costs. I know many wasteful people that will just toss something "I'll just buy it if I need it again" not taking into account the time and fuel costs...

I'll go into a store (ie: HF, TSC, ACE Hdwr., Home DeLowes, etc.) and look at shelves to "inventory" what they have. I'm sort of a visual learner but by no means have "photographic memory". But down the road I'll need a widget and something in my head will say "you can get that HERE" and off to the store I go. PS: the same goes for my buckets of bolts...

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