As a single woman on a budget, I’ve arrived at the quite simple truth that calling a handyman every time something goes wrong around the house is just not a viable option. After all, one challenge can cost hundreds of dollars, completing eroding an already-tight budget. So, I did the thing any resourceful woman (and that’s all of us, right?) would do to solve the problem—I learned how to do some simple home repairs on my own.
I have to admit, the thought was a little intimidating at first. After all, in my childhood I watched my father tackle home repair projects, only to end up being tackled by many of those projects. However, I set those fears aside and decided the best way for me to approach the task at hand was to get a clear understanding and clear instructions on how to proceed. There’s not much that I love more than a good challenge, and I have to admit the feeling of accomplishment and pride was remarkable. So, I’ve decided to share the love, so to speak, and give you some of my best tips for your own DIY challenge.
I cut my teeth in the Do-It-Yourself world with a simple plumbing challenge. I could hear running water, but without being able to pinpoint a visible leak, I assumed there wasn’t much to it until I got my water bill. The bill was about double its normal total, I was curious if the water company had misread the meter or something. The kind representative offered a few suggestions that ultimately pointed back to that little nuisance I had decided to ignore.
To my knowledge I hadn’t changed any of my habits, so I didn’t really understand why the toilet suddenly started to run constantly. However, the simple video below gave me all the information I needed in less than three minutes. Have to admit, the solutions seemed a little too easy at first; however, it was worth a shot, so I tried it. The average cost of having a plumber perform this service is around $140, which means this quick and simple DIY project saved me around $120.
I’ve always had a penchant for those lawns with the beautiful striping patterns, but always thought that would require a professional. However, trying my hand at lawn striping was not only easier than I thought, but much more fun than I imagined. Search “lawn striping” on YouTube and you’ll find a number of tutorials with step-by-step instructions, including how to clean it up if you make a mistake. According to the experts at http://homeinsurance.com, learning how to do my own lawn care will likely save me around $2,790 per year.
I grew up with a pool in my backyard, and I have always jumped at any chance to get in the pool. So, having my own was a gigantic bonus. So far my pool’s been fine, but I was on hand for a friend’s in-ground pool plaster repair. This can be a really expensive job, but a Texas pool repairman explains on this video how to tackle this challenge, and save yourself up to $1,500 in the process.