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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 22:13
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Gertrude the Wombat
 
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Originally Posted by Jetstream67 View Post
Labour rates in recent years made getting a tradesman in cheaper than buying the tools each time they checked
That's usually the case. But not quite always - I just bought a 7.50 tool in order to repair something that would have cost 45 to replace, so you can win occasionally.
Originally Posted by Jetstream67 View Post
plus woodwork and metalwork no longer seen as exciting at school so there's also fear of messing it up.
Neither was on offer at my school. My grandfather was, on the other hand, a woodworking teacher (after being a cabinet maker). He did occasionally have a go at showing me how to do things, but it was blindingly obvious that it would take years of full time work to get as good as him (I've got some of his stuff) so I never tried.
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