Do Simple Repairs Yourself

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Doing Simple Repairs YourselfOver the years, I have challenged myself to be pretty self sufficient. I started growing gardens, baking my own breads, sewing my own curtains and clothes and even cutting my family's hair!


So the other day when I went to stay a few days at my daughter's home, I couldn't help but notice that both her bathroom faucet and toilet leaked water and asked her about them. She was intending to call a plumber but I asked her if I could take a shot at them first.

I looked in a "Do-it-yourself" book, then on YouTube to make sure I understood how they both worked. Then I picked up a few parts and got to work and repaired both, saving a plumber's visit!

The bottom line is: don't be too intimidated by any project. Many are more simple than we realize and can really save you money big time as a Thrifty Fun friend!

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February 17, 20150 found this helpful

Good for You! And the best, thriftiest thing is the cost of a plumber!

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February 19, 20150 found this helpful

Good on you! After a plumber-electrician charged me $105 to change a dry element on a water heater years ago, I decided I could have made far better use of that money and so learned to do those kinds of things myself.


I used the library to learn, bought DIY books from Reader's Digest, Lowes, and Home Depot, and now the only reason I call in a professional is if the job is either too much physical labour or above my skill level - for example, I can change a electrical outlet, install a ceiling fan, and similar but tracing down a bad wire is above my ability and I'll call a pro.

I'm 58 yo. I relocated to the UK in 2010 but can still use nearly all of the DIY skills I brought with me. It is so empowering to be able to do these things myself! My 'new' husband (we married in 2011, mid-life 2nds for us both) is over the moon because his skill set doesn't run to plumbing and wall patching:)

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February 19, 20150 found this helpful

I used to do all sorts of repairs and maintenance but now that I'm in my 70s, I'm afraid to climb up on the ladder for fear of falling. I'd love to change out a ceiling fan so I guess if it gets done, I'll have to call in someone.


I've always been quite independent but now that I can't always do what I'd like, it's depressing. I still move and lift heavy furniture that I shouldn't and end up in pain for days. But it's expensive calling in someone for every little chore. This is the way of life for seniors.

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October 10, 20180 found this helpful

I am also in my 70's and find when I try to do something I don't always have the strength needed to loosen nuts and bolts or joints on pipes..had to give away a generator because I could not pull the string hard or fast enough...does anyone out there in similar state have any suggestions for seniors who want to be independent

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February 19, 20150 found this helpful

I hear you Betty! I am in my sixty's and am feeling some restrictions as well, particularly in balance. You are wise enough to know what projects Not to do! My daughters roof needs repair and regrettably, even though I am capable (and actually climbed ladders without my hands to hand paint decorations on business windows in my younger years) I won't try the repair.


I figure the hospital bill would be more expensive then the repair;-) I hope you continue challenging yourself in other ways then... taking classes,etc. Our brains love and need challenges and they continue to grow throughout our lifetime.

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