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of Telephone Restoration and Displaying

First Law: It will always take three times longer to finish the restoration than you originally estimated.

Corollary 1: If parts had to be scratch built, they will appear in Swap Shop or at auction within one month.

Second Law: Any part, when dropped, will roll into the most inaccessable corner of the workshop.

Corollary 1: If it is heavy, it will hit your toe first.
Corollary 2: The part will be the one that has taken the longest to make.
Corollary 3: It will be the most delicate part.
Corollary 4: When you find it, it will be by treading on it.
Corollary 5: You will find it immediately after you have made a new one.

Third Law: The tool you have just finished with and put away will be needed again immediately.

Fourth Law: Your only suitable small drill will always break at 6pm on a Saturday.

Corollary 1: Further progress hinges on that one single hole being drilled.

Fifth Law: The necessary book or drawing was loaned to a friend last week.

Corollary 1: He has now gone on holidays.
Corollary 2: He will not be back for at least a month.

Sixth Law: The only tin of paint or stain of the correct colour has dried up.

Seventh Law: It never works first time.

Corollary 1: The problem is always the last place you look.
Corollary 2: The only circuit diagram you have is partly unreadable or is for a different model.
Corollary 3: All the wires in the form are the same colour.
Corollary 4: Your meter has flat batteries.

Eighth Law: (sometimes known as the exhibitor's law) It works better if you plug it in.

Corollary 1: You left the essential power lead at home.

Ninth Law: (second exhibitor's law) The reliability of a display is inversely proportional to the number and importance of the people watching it.

Tenth (and all encompassing) Law: It won't work.

Bell's Axiom: If it won't work, hit it with a big hammer.

Murphy was an optomist!

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