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I know this stuff in my yard, lose it on here

I give suggestions on here, others fill in with other suggestions. I know those suggestions given by others and repair tips!!! And I feel I'm losing it because on here I don't think about them to give them. When I have the snowblower in my yard, in front of me, all these suggestions everyone gives, I know them, well, most of them, sorry. When the machine is in front of me, I go through it, I'm very methodical, because I'm mechanical, I know what makes it tick, I can fix it, or I can figure it out, I know what I need to look at first to track down the problem. Fixing a problem is a progression. So I'm kicking myself (I'm very flexible) for not thinking of those things that others suggested. But only on here, not in my yard, here I still feel I have it. At age 67, you start questioning things, like going in the garage, back yard, in the house, to the supermarket, for two things, coming back with one, turning around to get the other "thang".

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You are very valuable to this forum and clearly have significant mechanical abilities. I appreciate your writings here and have learned a lot from you.
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I'm the same.

That's why I write everything down including the progression on tackling a problem on a blower even though i have done it dozens of times.

I once had a stalled engine and spent an hour looking at everything except in the gas tank to see if there was gas.

I write that down haha "CHECK GAS"

I want to be doing this into my nineties.

"It Feels Like Beer O'Clock "
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As I got older...... ( Cough )

My smart phone is my best friend!!

I made a file in my " Notes " that i write " Stuff " down into it. Then i always have it for reference, also you can take pixx to refresh your memory. And it's easy to share with others quickly. Works for me.

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if you think at 67 your slipping,WAIT till those 6'es become 7's ,yep looking down at 72 this year, i can remember about the times at woodstock aug 1969 but not much of what happened "yesterdayish" i know how, i think !
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You're not "losing it", it's a transformation. You are so experienced that you don't need books anymore except for specs. You already know what is wrong without troubleshooting. So you skip over the steps leading up to the problem. They are second nature.
I help out 2 older guys on both ends of the spectrum. My Dad is 88, always did things for himself without asking for help. Now he needs my help, but don't know how to explain to me how to get though a project he wants me to complete.
The other is 77, a retired Millwright lead. You might know how to complete a project for him, but he wants you to sit down with him for 2 hours so he can explain every little detail to you. He can almost put you to sleep before even starting the project.
You are valuable more for the lesser experienced, with tricks of the trade. Just maybe not so much for the ones that are newer DIYers.
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That's exactly the reason WHY I post three or four follow ups. I think it happens to all of us.


Someone posts a problem, I say "here's a solution", then later I think and say "wait, here's another idea, and another". You have a solid 18 years on me, and you're in far better shape than I am, don't sweat it. I can't remember anything on the fly anymore, and it's frustrating because I used to be really quick with stuff. It's called, GETTING OLD! If you find a cure, let me know.


When something is on the lift in front of me, and my tools are at hand, it's so much easier to come up with solutions than to think esoterically about what should be done on paper.
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It's also not easy to explain to the lesser experienced how to go through a process when they don't yet have the tools at hand to make the job easier. It's not easy to repair many things with only basic tools.
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I'm the same.

That's why I write everything down including the progression on tackling a problem on a blower even though i have done it dozens of times.

I once had a stalled engine and spent an hour looking at everything except in the gas tank to see if there was gas.

I write that down haha "CHECK GAS"

I want to be doing this into my nineties.

I've done the same thing. TWICE. I was just making up a check list when I read this.
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That's exactly the reason WHY I post three or four follow ups. I think it happens to all of us.

Someone posts a problem, I say "here's a solution", then later I think and say "wait, here's another idea, and another". You have a solid 18 years on me, and you're in far better shape than I am, don't sweat it. I can't remember anything on the fly anymore, and it's frustrating because I used to be really quick with stuff. It's called, GETTING OLD! If you find a cure, let me know.

When something is on the lift in front of me, and my tools are at hand, it's so much easier to come up with solutions than to think esoterically about what should be done on paper.
Thanks. My thoughts exactly, and same. I post a solution on here then think about another solution, then another, and have follow-ups. I use to be really quick with things, now there are times I like to sit back, do something else, and think about solutions to come up with the best. And same as you when something is in front of me, it's much easier to come up with a solution.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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