I'm glad that we seem to be on the same page. I don't know you, but I do know that there are some folks out there that are very, very Good at what they do. And there are many that really don't know much beyond how to make a living. So, who is qualified and who is not is really pretty murky water. Even here in the plant world, there are some "Hobbyist" whose depth of knowledge is amazing and far surpasses that of the average grower/farmer.
Professionals v Amatures? Take online reviews for products: I've learned to follow the amatures. Why? Because many of them do it--because that's what they want
to do. Its what they Love. Its what they Enjoy. Its all voluntary. They are into it. They wanna
know! The Professionals are subject to being "Bought". No, not directly. But oftentimes--indirectly. They have bills to pay and a living to make. They cannot afford to "upset" a corporation that helps them make their living by something like an honest review on a shatty product. So, oftentimes they end up walking a fine line. Too many "Politics" involved. Why? Well, because the bills need to be paid--short-term and long-term. Whereas some amatures will dig change out of the sofa to keep moving forward! There's 2 totally different sources of motivation invloved.
I recently installed 4x 20amp circuits. I needed to connect directly to my meter box--something that I had never done before. That left me with a couple questions. So, I located an Electrician
to answer my questions. Why? Well, because what I needed to know/do fell right within the expected knowledge base of an average electrician. I got my questions answered, ran the circuits. I expect zero issues. I know enough about residential electrical to do it right and understand what is what. Things are fine. Point is: I had an issue that fell into the average everyday stuff of the average everyday electrician--so I went to a "Pro". But since I get into all kinds of odd-ball projects--I don't always have the luxury of being able to seek "Professional" assistance with a reasonable amount of trust/faith.
Check out this thread when you get a chance:
Yes, Another Car Radiator Thread....Major 56K Warning!
and this one for a couple of pix in the first post:
Needing some "Cruncher Down" help......
How many plumbers do you think I could call and say: " this is what I wanna do, but I need you to design
it and install it for me."....?
Walking in the door--99% are just not qualified.
Sure they could probably get up to speed--at my cost! But they wouldn't have a clue when they first pulled up in the driveway. It would take about 12 secs for that "cows staring at a passing train" look to show up. And the logistics involved are probably a bit more complex than it appears.....
I'm not against "Pros". I've just learned what to expect from where. And, I agree, there are certain subjects where people need to tread lightly when giving out advice. Electrical is one of them. Electrical and water is certainly
one of them! But if billyjoejimbob can't follow instructions--the rest of are not going to be able to stop him!