Originally Posted by Elliot Naess
No sweat! I'm very difficult to offend. And my "max 550" was my suggestion for YOUR maximum -- considering your admitted non-mechanical background and inability to inspect the buses in person.
Now just keep watching for buses and keep learning.
I fully admit to a complete lack of experience with the mechanics of vehicles and engines. I wouldn't say that I am mechanically inept, though.
When I was a kid, my favorite toy was Legos. Especially the Technic ones with lots of gears and motors. Now I own two Lego Mindstorms sets, which are the complicated robotic ones.
In my last apartment, I built a gigantic and very sturdy work bench in my living room. It was unfortunately so large that it couldn't fit through the door way, so I had to disassemble it when I moved. The next one I make will be designed to be taken apart in a non-destructive way.
I only got complaints from neighbors twice in 2.5 years, and one of those times was when I was smoothing the top of my work bench with a belt sander.
I also bought a cheap projector, and built a projector screen stand and a projector mount for the ceiling. The projector mount was a metal thing that could fold up to raise the projector out of the way, though I never got around to motorizing it. Both of these were a bit of a challenge, since I had to make them work with no modification to the apartment walls or ceiling.
So I'm not completely incapable, just inexperienced. I expect that I will be able to learn my way around engines well enough, if I can learn to put up with the greasy, dirty, knuckle skinning part of it. I've also always thought it would be really handy to know how to weld, but just haven't had a good reason to learn.