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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:33 PM
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That really sucks Hedge, hope your back up and running soon. I had a line break yrs ago. My pops who's a mechanic came by and put a vise grip on the broken line. This prevented the fluid from coming out when I pressed the brakes and made it possible for me to make it home to fix the line. Sect is right, it was fairly easy to fix if you get the pre-shaped lines.

It's really surprising that the brake lines would go only after 55,000 miles. My ford f150 has got 220,000 on it and I've only replaced one line. Not to say that they weren't changed before I bought the truck.

Meh. Could be a "Chevy thing" for all I know - every brand has it's flaws.
The truck is in really good condition overall, but it does see a ton of salt in the winter and that's a pretty tough thing to battle.

Also, it may only have 55,000 miles, but it's 11 years old.
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First thank God you are allright. Brake lines letting go when 'out' can lead to a terrible accident.

Next thankfully you could get to the shop, and have one that will not screw you too bad on the repair. ( I consider all mechanics to charge too much).

I feel for you and others who do not have the knowledge or place or tools to do you own repairs.

I grew up learning how to repair things, do auto maintenance, rebuild engines tranmissions etc, so I do all my own work. I had to rebuild my entire brake system in Feb, cost me about 1000 bucks, new lines, master, wheels cylenders, calipers, drums, rotors. I could not imagine how much all that would have cost at a shop.

Hope you are up and running soon

Yeah, I keep trying to focus on the good. It's really good that I decided against doing any of the jobs that were a ten mile highway drive away when I heard the noise in the front end. I'd have lost my brakes too far away to even consider making it home and could have potentially had a very, VERY bad day if they went out at the wrong time. At a minimum, I'd be miles away, broken down, with a trailer to worry about towing away as well.

Growing up, I helped/watched my father do everything imaginable with his hands from building our home, to fabricating body parts, to swapping engines, to true custom paint jobs. I just didn't really pick up on it - it doesn't come naturally like it did for him. I'm an artist - not a mechanic.
Fortunately I have enough knowledge to get me through most minor mechanical problems, and can handle most home repairs, but working on cars isn't something I'm comfortable with - at least not when it comes to such an important component.
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Just came home with the truck.

$1,525.00

It's raining so hard I didn't bring the bill in the house with me, but when I looked at it the labor alone was $700.

At least they had it finished as promised. Actually, they didn't "promise" it would be done - they said they would do their best to have it for me tonight. And they did.




In continuing to look at the "good" in all of this, it rained most of the day yesterday and rained HARD all day today, so if I were to pick a time to have the truck down for repairs, this would be it!
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glad you got your truck back hedge. look on the bright side. maybe the rain will make the grass grow and get you an extra cutting or two before it stops growing to help foot the bill for your repairs
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You lucked out with the rain! Glad to know you got your truck back.
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You lucked out with the rain! Glad to know you got your truck back.
No luck involved, he prayed hard for that rain. Now he can tell his customers 'it was raining', not 'my truck broke down because I didn't have the money to keep it up and running, you cheap bas***rds don't pay enough"
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No luck involved, he prayed hard for that rain. Now he can tell his customers 'it was raining', not 'my truck broke down because I didn't have the money to keep it up and running, you cheap bas***rds don't pay enough"
ahhhhhhhhhhh so true!!!!!!!!!
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How's it running now? Like new?

Would it be worthwhile in the future to have another family vehicle that could pull a trailer in case of emergencies like this?
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Yeah that's true man, didn't realize how old it was. Glad to see your back up and running now.

I too grew up around seeing my pops do everything. I retained some of what I learned but I definitely should know more. He's a great welder and I never sat and learned when he wanted to teach me. Young & dumb. Now he can't weld so I'm just gonna sit down and practice this winter. It's such a valuable skill to have in this business, in life for that matter.
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How's it running now? Like new?

Would it be worthwhile in the future to have another family vehicle that could pull a trailer in case of emergencies like this?

Yeah. I haven't gone through any walls or anything.


The plan is to get a small SUV that can pull the trailer in a pinch, but that takes money we don't have yet.
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