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I live in a rural area and it is hard to get people to do small carpentry, plumbing and electrical jobs and appliance repair, so yes, you learn to do stuff you wouldn't normally do. While I learned some of the simpler stuff watching my father or doing it myself and figuring it out, buying books that are typically used at technical colleges for teaching the trades is extremely helpful. I have a small library of books for building trades - carpentry, cement work, roofing, several electrician's books, a cabinet-making book. I don't have a plumbing book - yet. I also bought a full set of factory service manuals for a car I owned and over time had four more of the same model in the family motor pool - while the manuals are written for a specific year and model, many of the concepts, diagnostic charts and instructions apply to all cars which definitely can increase the amount of repairs and maintenance one can do with confidence. My latest big repair was to a 1974 vintage fiberglass boat.
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