Author Topic: The How to DIY sections is now open for tryout!  (Read 1435 times)

Offline Tim Gardner

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The How to DIY sections is now open for tryout!
« on: June 25, 2012, 03:42:21 PM »
Ladies & Gents,

Mac made this suggestion & I thought it a good one to try out:

"I am on several forums and another that I frequent almost as often as I do this forum had me thinking about asking if you guys thought about doing a "how to DIY" submission section, and a "How To DIY Articles" part?

A little more explanation:  On the Ranger Forums, we have a spot that someone will submit a article like thing that users can check out, lets say for instance changing spark plugs on our engine (4.0 SOHC V6)
In that article we have pictures and such, notes, etc. This then is in the submission part where people look it over and add if needed using suggestions, etc. that sometimes the original maker will add or modify suggestions into his post, etc.
After so much time, or if admins believe it is solid enough, it gets moved to the "How To" part as a solid submission.
In those forums we cover all different Ford Rangers and only have one section to cover them all as far as this DIY thing goes, and a few are specific to one Ranger but the articles take the scariness out of the issues for most users.

My thoughts: Removing hardware, such as a winch, is a big job for some people, even removing teak, daunting!  But for guys like me, those are projects are easily taken on and done. We have been there, had the issues and took pictures hopefully, or will!
A DIY jib furler, applies to all boats, removing a hatch, reseal, all boats, etc.
Even a specific DIY setup can supply ideas and such for other boats, rewarding us with more how to do's.

Anyway, Just thought it may help, as sometimes I see things in other sections, and frankly sometimes I find the Gems in other boats stuff, etc. and think wow, that would work for me if I did some modifications.

To cut this lengthy post down (as my wife says I am way too thorough most times....) I have some layout work and stuff done already if anyone is interested. Just let me know.

Hope I am not stepping over my bounds! And if this is stupid, no hard feelings!
I love these forums! almost as much as my wife! Cheesy"
<(*.*)>   Mac

Well, let's have some submissions!

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Offline MacGyver

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Re: The How to DIY sections is now open for tryout!
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 06:35:08 PM »
Thanks Tim!
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Offline MKBLK

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Re: The How to DIY sections is now open for tryout!
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012, 07:49:15 AM »
Super idea! You can be sure that I'll be a regular reader (and hopefully, in the future, poster) of this great feature.

Marty K.
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