Knowing Where to Tap

From the Ridgewood Boys' blog:
A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine.
Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.
Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!
A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.
"What?!" the owners exclaimed. "He hardly did anything!"
So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill."
The man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,998.00
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  1. Some days I think that a very large hammer tapping on a small sewing machine could work well.But I mite not get paid for that.
    Love Grandpa

    1. Hi Grandpa!
      Thanks for commenting! I can agree with you about big hammers and small machines. As much as I love computers, I have at times been prepared to give them a similar treatment... :-)
      Wish you could be up here now.

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