The path you do not seem to like is the exact path I take on everything I am curious about. I also actually try to repair things before asking someone how.
But then I am a person who graduated with honors from college and never took notes. So, I am not normal. But, my way has worked very well for me. I don't feel there is anything I can not teach myself because I seek knowledge first. It is called homework.
I have to admit that I do not like helping someone with carb problems that does not know the choke from the throttle. So, I tell them to figure that out first. Shoot me if you think it is wrong. I was taught that homework is the key to knowledge.
I have no preference as to how knowledge is acquired, however I do subscribe to the concept that there are no stupid questions, but the answers received may be suspect.
There are many ways of acquiring technical knowledge, including formal education in high school trades, math, and science classes, technical courses in college, practical experience, applied logic, and overheard conversations at various trade stores and shows. I've used them all because I never did learn how to do the big one, ask questions. Nowadays, we have the internet and forums for much faster knowledge acquisition, but that still requires a base knowledge to do effective searching. Base knowledge that I spent 50 years learning the hard way before the internet.
What the OP is looking for is detailed, or specific, information, not base knowledge, and that takes asking questions.
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