Society is moving towards a general consensus that it’s far better to repair and reuse than to discard and re-buy. And with good reason. First of all, who doesn’t like to save money? Second of all, our throwaway culture directly contributes to climate crisis. The process of incinerating our waste, especially plastic waste, uses fossil fuels and releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
The throwaway fashion industry is one of the worst culprits, yet a number of companies are challenging the norm with novel ideas like making jeans from recycled denim or repairing sunglasses with new lenses.
Support this green revolution at home and save yourself a few dollars in the process by making these simple repairs to everyday items.
Wobbly Wooden Chairs and Tables
Over time, wear and tear can cause wooden furniture to wobble. Wooden chair legs can become unstable and table legs can no longer reach the floor. You can fix both of these issues with simple items found in the home. First, let’s tackle the chair. A wobbly chair is the result of a gap between the top of one of the legs and the seat. Figure out which leg is the culprit and stick a wooden toothpick into the gap. Problem solved.
When you’re a homeowner, you quickly get used to small expenses coming up. A leaky faucet here, a broken window there. The small fixes can add up quickly if you aren’t careful, which is why, if you’re like most homeowners, you try to DIY as much as possible. Taking care of things that come up can potentially save you money as long as you know what you’re doing. However, if you aren’t skilled at some of the bigger home repairs that come up, it may be more cost-effective to hire a pro to handle the job. Here are a few times when you should consider calling in a professional for your home repairs.
Unless you’re a licensed electrician, electrical work should never be handled on your own. Because you’re dealing with wires and voltage, you shouldn’t go poking around in your walls or with your fuse box unless you’re a skilled professional. Next time you have an electrical issue in your home, do yourself a favor and hire a licensed electrician.
Your home’s foundation is vital to its overall structural integrity. If you notice it crumbling, sagging, or cracking, you shouldn’t attempt to fix it on your own or you could risk making it worse. Instead, you should work with a professional foundation contractor. They can help you repair any damage to your home and keep secure.
The other day, I walked out to the washing machine to move the clean load of laundry over to the dryer, and I almost hit the ground (after my foot found a nice puddle of water). I was instantly on the hunt for where the water came from. Once I discovered it had come from the bottom of the washer, I then looked up and realized that the washer hadn’t even finished it’s cycle, and was reading ERROR across the screen.
Well, that’s just uncalled for.
You know the cycle your mind goes through! “Oh my word, the washer’s broke. How old is this thing?! It shouldn’t be broke now, should it? I need to find the manual, I guess. I think I’ll wait until J gets home – he can look at it. But all the laundry I have to do! Who fixes these things? Oh my gosh, what if we have to buy a new one?! This is the last thing I wanted to spend money on right now! Might as well replace both the washer and the dryer so they match! UGH!!! How much is this gonna cost?!”
If you’re like me, all those thoughts run through your mind in about 10 seconds. Lucky for me, crisis averted when I realized the issue was part of the comforter I was washing had gotten stuck in the door. Ah ha! All fixed, all back to normal.
However, it’s not always such an easy fix, is it? Eventually, you’re gonna be left with the decision: do I get this repaired or just totally replace it?
Thankfully Matt from Unique Indoor Comfort has come to our rescue with a really fabulous infographic on just that! What I REALLY LOVE about this one is that he’s identified what to search for ON YOU TUBE when you’re stumped! That’s nothing less than amazing! See for yourself…
We’ve all been there. The car starts making a strange noise, always at the most inopportune moment, and your heart sinks. Oh no. What is it now? I really don’t have time to deal with a mechanic this week! And the cost?! It’s gonna cost me an arm and a leg!
I know that awful feeling all too well. That’s why, when Tate from Active Insurance contacted me to see if I would be interested in sharing this lovely infographic, I gladly agreed! I do love a good infographic! (And I also work full-time in insurance, so that could have been part of the reason, as well!) Let’s see what he has to say!
We all know that cars cost money to own and maintain; on average, a sedan costs $9,122 over its lifetime and Americans spent an average of $750 annually on car maintenance in 2013. Sadly, 27% of Americans report being unhappy with repair services they’ve received from a mechanic, with cost being the top offender. In fact, unnecessary auto repair is consistently ranked among the top causes of consumer complaint in the U.S. annually – so what can Americans do to lower car maintenance costs?
I know it’s getting a bit cooler now, but a few short weeks ago here in Florida, we had some big air conditioning troubles at our house. And if there’s anywhere you DON’T want to have air conditioning problems, it’s definitely FLORIDA!
We tried a few different things (in our total inexperience with air conditioners) and nothing worked. We finally called a local company to come out and repair it for us.
So when Jake Hyet contacted me regarding a guest post on fixing your OWN air conditioner, I thought it was a fantastic idea! Let’s see what secrets he has for us…
When you find yourself having trouble with your air conditioning, your first thought is to call for the repairman to come out and make air conditioning repairs. However, you just might be able to identify and fix certain problems yourself and do it safely, too. Here are some steps to take to safely repair your air conditioner before you call in a repairman:
The Air Conditioner Doesn’t Turn On 1. First check to be sure that the thermostat is set to “cool.”