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Fear of the Unknown

HeatingHelpHeatingHelp Posts: 247
edited October 2018 in THE MAIN WALL
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Fear of the Unknown

A homeowner, let’s call her Linda, sent me a message through Heating Help’s contact form last winter and it still has me thinking.

Read the full story here


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  • JackmartinJackmartin Posts: 132Member
    Good thinking Erin. All the best Jack
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,047Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, @Jackmartin.
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  • IronmanIronman Posts: 5,012Member
    edited October 2018
    You're article reminded me of this from my childhood. My bedroom was right above an oil-fired boiler in an apartment complex. When the bldg. engineer had the door open to the mechanical room, seeing the monster scared me to death. Fortunately, I've been blessed with a determination to conquer anything that I was fearful of. I guess that's why I learned this trade. :)

    Bob Boan


    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,047Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Haha! That's great. Thanks, @Ironman.
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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,407Member
    Good article -- thanks Erin! It does illustrate, though, how humans -- in general -- have real trouble figuring risk. We (myself included!) badly overestimate the risk for things we don't understand or aren't familiar with, and badly underestimate the risk for those we are familiar with. It's a real problem in a number of different areas.
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,047Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, @Jamie Hall. That's a really good point.
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  • JoeEngineerJoeEngineer Posts: 1Member
    I find many if not most of the people who become DIY’ers are the ones who do not appreciate your expertise; if they can learn, in a few minutes talking to them, all the eperience you have gained over the years, god bless them. My guess is you will be more appreciated by most and it will save you going back for unnecessary or minor calls
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,047Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Great catch, @Jim_R. I did some more research and it looks like that ad I was referring to is actually from 1924. I've attached it here. Thanks!
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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,047Member, Moderator, Administrator
    That makes sense, Jim. Thanks for the additional info. And you're right about that 10 AM breakfast. !!
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