I like to do things myself; however, I have no problem hiring an expert tradesman to do repairs or even seasonal maintenance.
I might be able to do the work myself, but I expect them to do it faster, better and with an awareness of possible problems I might not notice.
The further down the technology road we go, the more inclined I am to rely on â€śexperts.â€ť When I was trained as a mechanic by the U.S. Army 40 years past, things were pretty simple under the hood. Between pollution control devices and on-board computers, I have no problem turning my car over to my mechanic.
Unfortunately, simply trusting an expert to know what they are doing isnâ€™t smart. When we built our house in the mid 1990s, air exchange systems were relatively new. I trusted the installation crew to do the job right. Years later we discovered they had installed the unit improperly.
Looking back, I realize I failed to understand the way the technology worked. I didnâ€™t need to know how to rewire switches or even compute airflow. However, I should have asked the installer to explain how the system worked and how the air was â€śexchanged.â€ť
In doing so, he and I might have seen the mistake he had made. If my mechanic makes a repair on my car, I know he can explain what he did and why. The same should be true for any â€śexpertâ€ť we hire.
With the rapid advances being made, we canâ€™t be experts in everything. However, we owe it to ourselves to understand how the things we depend on in our daily life do work. If the expert you hire canâ€™t explain it, perhaps he doesnâ€™t know either.