A Tinkering Day

Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services


One of my favorite past time has always been tinkering. I had always wished I could make a living at it but in todays "throw away" society there is no place for a professional tinkerer.

Today was a good day for me as a tinkerer. After my very favorite past time, Men's Bible Study, I got busy fixing things around the house. I repaired an extension cord, a power tool battery charger, a frying pan control, and a minor repair to a big old HP copy machine.


I also tinkered with all three of our cars (not Tina's as she is now back in Milwaukee). We had a few super sub-zero days with actual temperatures around 25 degrees below zero and wind chill (feel like) temps of 60 degrees below zero. My car and Carol's car had check engine lights come on so I investigated those and reset them. Timmothy's car however has not started for two days so he and I set our sights on getting it running again. We tried a lot of "stuff" including throwing a high power hair dryer under the hood for 2 hours but nothing got that car running. Oh well, that's what auto clubs are for so I'll give them a call tomorrow.

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Comments (17)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I like that you know how to fix things.  Too many people just throw away and replace. You Got Talent Mr. Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Jan 08, 2022 06:04 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bernie is also a Mr Fix-it.  I respect it.  Good for you.

Jan 08, 2022 06:12 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I love tinkering so much I've even been known to fix broken dollar store items.

Jan 08, 2022 06:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I've always liked fixing and creating but my skills were really honed and put to the test when I bought my first house at 18 Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD .

Jan 08, 2022 06:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Unlike you Bob if we did not have Handymen we would be in trouble, now ask me to cook something for you No Problem:)Endre

Jan 08, 2022 11:09 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Endre Barath, Jr. it was because of my Dad's total lack of skills I decided to be a good handyman. My Dad's story however is that his dad was a carpenter and wouldn't let my Dad touch his tools.

Jan 09, 2022 06:35 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Bob,
Tinkering is a very valuable talent and your family is lucky to have you. My husband loved to tinker and fix things too.

Jan 09, 2022 03:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I truly wish I could make a living at it Carol Williams . You know how some people can pick up a musical instrument and play it, well I'm that way with fixing things.

Jan 09, 2022 06:36 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know if I have ever even been in weather that is below zero, I don't think I can handle that.

Jan 09, 2022 03:53 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It just takes a whole lot of clothing Brian England . The real hassle is taking it off, putting it on, taking it off...

Jan 09, 2022 06:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob (or maybe "Tinkering Timm" is more appropriate) - I think this is a terrific skill to have as part of your repertoire.  A useful talent that brings you pleasure too.  What a great combination.  

Jan 09, 2022 04:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thanks Michael Jacobs I really enjoy it. The only problem is I have an entire garage full of projects to fix when I retire.... but I never retire.

Jan 09, 2022 06:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Tinkering is a great skill to have! As for 25 and 60 below 0, brrrr.

Jan 09, 2022 04:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Kat Palmiotti  it's brrr no matter how long you live here and even if you are born here.

Jan 09, 2022 06:40 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. I like to tinker a bit myself. Sometimes I am even successful. Enjoy your day.

Jan 09, 2022 05:40 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Yea, I know what you mean Wayne Martin especially when I'm working on computers but succeed or fail I always enjoy it.

Jan 09, 2022 11:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... well, I for one am super-impressed by your tinkering talents. Then again, I'm married to someone who can just about change a light bulb!

Jan 09, 2022 05:43 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

If only resources were unlimited Nina Hollander, Broker I would build you the finest throne any deity had ever seen. Even King David would be envious. 😉

Jan 09, 2022 11:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Ron grew ups with a father and uncles who were helpless when it came to fixing anything.  Ron is quite handy, and I have some talents in the area...A

Jan 09, 2022 09:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Perhaps Ron thought / was inspired as I was... that I did not want to be so reliant on expensive (and sometimes dishonest) repair people A. Thanks Ron and Alexandra Seigel .

Jan 09, 2022 11:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm ,

Good for you for liking to fix things and actually taking the time to fix them!

Jan 09, 2022 10:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I do enjoy it Dorie Dillard Austin TX and if I totally retired today I have enough projects waiting for me I'd have to live to be 100 to complete them all.

Jan 09, 2022 11:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob good to get tinking things done around the house, if you have time come over sometime and tinker with some of my things.


Jan 09, 2022 10:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I'd love to Will Hamm and I promise if I retire I will do it. My sister may have a project for me over in Thornton as well.

Jan 09, 2022 11:47 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Tinkering is a dying art.  I'm having issues even finding a good handyman these days.  I have a "Honey Do" list a mile long.

Jan 09, 2022 04:52 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

One good thing about my love of tinkering Myrl Jeffcoat is that Carol has never had a list for me as I get on any project she has for me right away.

Jan 09, 2022 05:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow that's awesome Bob!  You got a lot done!  Gary's been doing a lot of that around here the past week or so, as have I in another direction.  Doesn't it feel great to get things working and in order!

Jan 10, 2022 03:17 PM