So, since I pretty much publicly gave myself a few weeks to start figuring out DIY in my last post, I’ve been spending some time researching how to do fixes and such for the home so that I don’t have to spend a fortune on every last thing that breaks or needs fixing while we own this potential boondoggle of a house.
My thought is this: sometimes, things break and you need a professional to come fix whatever it is that broke. Plumbing or electric stuff for example. Sure, you can always tighten a leaky faucet or replace outlet covers and such, but if you find you have a serious plumbing or electrical problem in your home, you should put the wrench down and call an expert right away. I repeat: Put. The. Wrench. Down. Sure, you might get lucky and be able to fix the problem, but chances are you’re going to either screw things up way worse than they already were, or seriously hurt yourself in the process. Call a plumber. Call an electrician. Yeah, they’re expensive as hell, but it’s worth it in the long run, trust me.
On the other side of things, there are repairs that you can do yourself. You don’t have to call your sprinkler or lawn care guy to replace a broken sprinkler head, just google the process, figure it out and get it done yourself. I’m not advocating replacing a sprinkler line or digging up your yard or anything like that, as anything major should be left to the professionals (see above), but for small fixes, you should try to figure it out yourself. Aside from just saving a bit of money, I guarantee you will feel like a genius and a real hands on person if you manage to fix a problem that you would normally outsource to someone else.
A small example of this is when the latch to my son’s bike trailer broke this summer. Now, I could have headed to the local bike shop and bought a new trailer hitch, but I looked online, and the thing was twenty four dollars. That’s highway robbery! They know you’re in a bind if you need one, so they could charge $50 for all they care, and most people would probably pay it. Not this guy, though! I decided I’d try to see if I could find a way to rig it myself, and in the end I was able to take some wire from an old tomato planter that wasn’t being used anymore, bend it just right and thread it through the hitch onto the bike. Not only did it work, I daresay that it’s sturdier than the original hitch!
So, yeah, I’m taking the time to figure out how to fix things myself. It’s going to be a lot of trial and error at first, but I think it’ll not only save me a ton of money, but will be a cool and useful skill to cultivate. I’ll post some pics of any cool DIY stuff I figure out over the next few months! In the meantime, check out the sandbox I built this summer. I was pretty pleased!
Talk to y’all later.