Ken Doyle wrote:
A lot of "professional" shops do some mighty crummy work. It seems that when I take my car in for service I often have to do the work over again myself. We've all heard stories of people that brought radios or phonographs to "professional" shops and all they got was ripped off, or told "it's too old, buy a new one".
Hobbyists learn by doing, the same way "professionals learn. Someone that's learning sometimes needs a mentor, and that's one of the reasons this forum is here.
Oh, trust me I know there are "crummy" shops of all sorts out there Ken.
It took me a while to find a decent auto mechanic that was honest, considerate, and fair.
.....But, we're out there, doing the best we can.
Ya just gotta find us. - And by rights all service people should be honest and reputable - they're taking your money to do a job - but the reality is - the world is not perfect.
As for your "same way" comment - I disagree.
I went to school to start at ground level - I was taught by instructors trained to deliver the information to me in the proper order, starting with theory.
I learned that first - and comprehended - BEFORE they let me pick up a soldering iron.
Something most all DIY hobbyists simply refuse to accept - it takes too much time - it's not fun to learn the theory part.
They wanna jump right in and get dirty first.
To hell with Ohms Law and all that crap...... LOL.
So no, hobbyists do not
"learn the same way" as us "trained professionals".
It's more like DIY'ers struggle and grasp their way though, indeed making many mistakes as well.
So with my proper training - my "mistakes" were practically non-existent in comparison.
And, I'm determined to be as "perfect" as I can - after all, people are paying me to do the right thing.