- Safety Issue.
A “no brainer” really isn’t it? Immediately is not soon enough.
- Operational Issue
If I work round it and keep going, I’ll fix it as soon as I get the chance.
Yawn, decorating, loose catches, creaking doors, sticking zips sort of thing.
Only this doesn’t even start to explain my philosophy of investigating and if necessary repairing something before it even thinks about becoming a problem.
Anyone else out like me who “feels” something is wrong?
An engine not quite sounding right, or a meter reading slightly off nominal?
A new rumble or a vibration through the steering?
All of which leads you to check all is OK!
That’s what I mean about something being investigated BEFORE it becomes a problem.
Oddly enough, I’m also of a mind of “If it’s not broke don’t fix it”.
Sort of contradiction of philosophies isn’t it but that’s not the same as carrying out routine maintenance. Just being prudent is daily / weekly maintenance.
Take weapons, firearms in particular.
End of day cleaning is a religion with me.
Next morning it gets another quick field clean, mags get reloaded and tapped to the back.
The ex-wife used to call it saying my prayers. I suppose it was.
Yet I never had a mis-feed.
Now SWMBO and me are fans of daily routine.
That way everything gets checked regularly, maintenance schedules are adhered to.
To us it’s part of that no brainer approach to life.
Keep on top of the little things and you’ll have plenty of time for the nice things in life. Only some people would rather wait for someone else to do this.
The once a week/month/year service lot who pay for others to do the donkey work.
We’ve got a friend like that, waits until something fails completely before even attempting a repair. Yet he doesn’t quite see it as we do i.e. Sort out a niggle before it becomes a problem. Thus he frequently gets screwed for costly replacements. Things that could have been easily maintained.
We used to say that he was lazy BUT that’s not so, he just doesn’t know any better. Thus when TSHTF, we’re thinking he’ll not be invited into our prepped world.
Speaking of not knowing better, a funny story of old. (how many vets will recognize this?)
Our new LT used to give our squad hell for what he called “constantly field stripping our weapons” before going out and when RTB as he was newly hatched from the staff officer bookworm school and didn’t know any better. His thoughts were “All that playing about was probably damaging springs and retainers, let alone rubbing the rifling out of the barrel”. Hands up the vets who are smiling while recalling similar incidents and newly hatched Rupert’s and Rodney’s!
Nice boy, really! In a pat him on the head and send him off to count the beans sort of way.
He was younger than most of us though, and kept a cat in his wash gear for shaving.
Something like this.