"'Laws' relating to rebuilding cars !!

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Re: "'Laws' relating to rebuilding cars !!

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One applicable to every project:
"The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to catch up" :lol:
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MiNiKiN wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 8:37 am One applicable to every project:
"The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to catch up" :lol:
As a project manager by profession, this is absolute gold!

:D
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It is an unavoidable truth that any two or more parts co-dependant of ease, speed or accuracy of location will be simultaneously detached.

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Not a saying, but I am positive I have 'Ding' gnomes living in my garage (as discovered by Gary Larson).

And I also know that photocopiers can tell when I'm in a hurry!

Finally, when you finish an engine rebuild, there will always be a leftover piece which is an identical twin of a critical part that you don't recall fitting!
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Bitsilly wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 11:18 am Not a saying, but I am positive I have 'Ding' gnomes living in my garage (as discovered by Gary Larson).

And I also know that photocopiers can tell when I'm in a hurry!

Finally, when you finish an engine rebuild, there will always be a leftover piece which is an identical twin of a critical part that you don't recall fitting!
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Most enjoyable thread! :lol:
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When pulling off a stubborn wheel hub or brake drum, it's worth considering what is behind you first. What you don't want to do is fly backwards and sit on the plastic tap of a large and full rainwater butt, snapping said tap off and enjoying the ice cold enema of a lifetime. Whilst recovering you can start drying off all of the precious restored car parts and hand tools which were littering the garage floor.

What law does this fall under? Murphy's Law, Sod's Law, Look before you leap, what goes up must come down?
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gs.davies wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 9:20 am
MiNiKiN wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 8:37 am One applicable to every project:
"The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to catch up" :lol:
As a project manager by profession, this is absolute gold!

:D

A lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part
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gs.davies wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 9:20 am
MiNiKiN wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 8:37 am One applicable to every project:
"The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to catch up" :lol:
As a project manager by profession, this is absolute gold!
:D
If you like them, I have a few more up my sleeve being an ex-PM (I had a lucky escape, so now back on decent work). Many really hit the nail on the head. So only half- :D if you experience any or all of them yourself.

  • You can con a sucker into committing to an unreasonable deadline, but you can't bully him into meeting it
  • The more ridiculous the deadline, the more it costs to meet it
  • The more desperate the situation, the more optimistic the situatee
  • Frozen specifications and the abominable snowman are alike - they both are myths, and they both melt when sufficient heat is applied
  • The conditions attached to a promise are forgotten, and the promise is remembered
  • No major project is ever installed on time, within budget, and with the same staff that started it
  • Projects progress quickly until they become 95% complete; then they remain at 95% complete forever
  • A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected - a well planned project only twice as long as expected.
  • When all's said and done a lot more is said than done.
  • If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
  • The more you plan the luckier you get.
  • If it wasn't for the 'last minute' nothing would get finished.
  • Meetings are where minutes are kept and hours are lost.
If you want to make Murphy laugh: have a definite plan.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you obviously don't know what's going on
Yes I am a nerd: I am researching the Austrian Mini-racing scene of the 60s and 70s :ugeek:
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