Distinguished SOTW Member/Logician
A separate DIY (do-it-yourself) forum in the tech section might be useful for some folks.
I most certainly have seen this over the last ten years or so, and it's funny sometimes to see someone parrot what I once informed them about the workings of a horn they didn't understand just a year or so ago, only to have them later dismiss my non-professional views on the topic. But a separate section might just be a better way to organize that part of the forum so folks are clear when someone is asking for general advice or more particular solutions to problems they encounter while undergoing home repairs. Perhaps there's a thin line there whereby a tech might feel somewhat threatened by do-it-yourself'ers, but as you said, most here have always been most helpful in this regard.If you look back through the tech forum, you'll see many instances where people have been walked through D.I.Y repairs to the point where some have even graduated to become "professional repairers."
Dont laugh.... I chipped a tooth a couple of years ago and it left a sharp, uncomfortable point in my mouth. I took a fine swiss file that I had filed the point down. A few months later, when I finally happened by the dentist, he looked at my work, shrugged, and said it looked fine.Sounds like a great way to give your local repairman more business. Seriously, if it were so easy then wouldn't we be doing it already?! Why not have a separate section for dental work?
No one said it was easy, though even some of the more respected techs on the site will tell you it ain't rocket science. It's simply a skill and many of the more mechanical minded folks here take a great interest in learning home repair. There's even a market for it with repair kits and instructional handbooks readily available. But to put it on par with dentistry? I think that's just a tad bit more involved...Sounds like a great way to give your local repairman more business. Seriously, if it were so easy then wouldn't we be doing it already?! Why not have a separate section for dental work?