Maintenance and Repairs

toolkitWhat priority do you assign to carrying out maintenance and making repairs?
For example, my basic repair list goes:-

  1. Safety Issue.
    A “no brainer” really isn’t it? Immediately is not soon enough.
  2. Operational Issue
    If I work round it and keep going,  I’ll fix it as soon as I get the chance.
  3. Cosmetic
    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.

And finally.
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.

No Russian cats were harmed
in the making of this graphic.

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6 Responses to Maintenance and Repairs

  1. Brittius says:

    Priorities are about the same. When I was younger, tearing apart the house to renovate, was a snap. Today, I simply lack the energy and determination. Regarding cleaning weapons, all weapons are to be in perfect operating condition, and that requires constant attention. Keep spare items that are prone to breakage or excessive wear, when possible. Springs are less expensive than any option when in combat or when hunting (that “boy-child” lieutenant should have never been approved past the rank of private, but the powers that be, cultivate brainwashables. Heaven help the Infantry!).

    • LOL, he wasn’t that bad (sort of), once the snco’s had “educated him” he turned out OK after 6 months training..

      • Brittius says:

        Our “90-day wonders”, used to lead us into ambushes.

      • There again the term “frag” has two meanings hasn’t it?

      • Brittius says:

        That was going on, and many Second Lieutenants (Butter-Bar Lieutenants), refused to drive Jeeps because the brake pedals were rigged with M29 baseball grenade duct taped, and a tripwire to the pin. Step on the brakes, and the pin comes out. Heard stories of people looking in horror as a grenade pin on a monofillament wire fell atop their boot, then the grenade goes off. I also saw a number of 2Lt’s stick their head under the dashboard area to inspect prior to getting in Jeeps. I had just turned 18 years of age maybe several weeks earlier, and thought they were joking about fraggings but it was true and somewhere, it did take place. You also never accepted food or drink from the Dinks. At times you would hear about poisonings. An MP from NYC used to look for me to hear anything from the city. One day he shows up with an empty soda-pop bottle. He goes into a narrative. He shows me the bottle, and under the label, is a plug over a hole. Some Dink, wet the label and peeled it back, then drilled a small hole about a #41 twist drill size, and injected poison into the soda contents, plugged the hole, wet the label once more and slid it back into position hiding the boring. An unknown Grunt, buys the soda and one thing to another, ends up in Graves & Registry Mortuary Section on a slab, being embalmed to be sent home in a box. So many things I used to hear about.

      • Civil war or whatever, it’s no surprise to me that troops lose it occasionally and retaliate. I’ll never question their actions and neither should the world.

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