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Preventative Maintenance

Experts in all fields agree that preventative maintenance pays dividends in the long run. The same goes for the technology that you depend on every day.

Professionals maintain the tools of their craft in order to achieve the peak performance that they strive for. Professional skiers have their skis waxed. Rental car companies make sure that oil gets changed and brakes get checked. Do you maintain your equipment properly? Do your competitors?

Some of the benefits of preventative maintenance:

  • equipment works better and more efficiently
    (e.g. sharpened scissor make better cuts & with less effort)

  • equipment lasts longer
    (e.g. an unmaintained lawnmower will have years taken off its life)

  • equipment is less likely to break down & require repair
    (e.g. home heating system)

  • small problems are detected before they become big problems
    (e.g. termite inspection)

  • equipment operates more safely
    (e.g. brake checks on cars)

  • morale is improved
    (e.g. people feel secure, confident, and empowered when working on properly maintained equipment)
However, many things contribute to preventative maintenance being neglected:
  • ignorance of what to do and when
  • ignorance in how to do the maintenance
  • fear that something will break if item is messed around with
  • lack of tools & parts to do the maintenance properly
  • lack of time
  • forgetfulness
  • maintenance is usually less than exciting
  • unwillingness to invest toward maintenance costs
If you want your guitar to sound its best, it must be tuned. If you want your teeth to last a lifetime, then you must brush and floss them. Do you have to invest in those things that you depend on? No. But if you want to get the most out of them, if it means enough to you, then you must .

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