Do you like repairing broken things at home?

Philippines
March 9, 2009 5:43pm CST
Or do you call for professional help? For instance, when appliances are broken, flourescent lamp lights get busted, water pipes and faucets leak, etc. . . . There are times when getting professional help may take some time or may not be available that we have to do the repairing all by ourselves. Since my husband is away from home most of the time, I have learned a little repairing skills, some basic carpentry and plumbing, and it's fun. Besides, I save money from paying fees. But for major repairs, I, of course, call for some profesional help. Do you find it fun and worthy repairing things by yourself?
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@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
10 Mar 09
hello dorisday1971 Yes, I like to repair appliances very much. But most of all, my husband would like to do this, he loves do such repairing things as well, so I would let him do it. We can now search many useful information on the internet, we can learn a lot of technique and can do something trivial by ourselves. Of course, a professional help is a must if some complicated appliances need repaired.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 09
More often than not, Guys are more skilled when it comes to repairing things. You are lucky to have a husband who likes reapiring things too.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
If i think i can hadle it... then i fix it by myself... but i do call a professional if i find out that i am wrong... i love twittering around gadgets at home... and was quite successful in fixing some of the electronic stuff... and i am quite proud of that...
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• Philippines
10 Mar 09
That's wonderful. You deserve to be proud of that. in that way, you can save so much money because it is the labor cost and professional fees that are more expensive. There are times when it becomes more practical to buy a new thing than have it repaired by professionals because the fees are exhorbitant.
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@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Only if it's very, very minor! My husband is a Carpenter...in name only! He is unfortunately not very carpentry minded. He can do simple basics: hanging photos, putting in a new kitchen faucet, repairing the broken couch leg...he has even started reupholstering the chairs on my kitchen table. But beyond that, I certainly couldn't ask him to fix anything!
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
I guess I do understand what you're saying and it reminds me of my brother who can't fix broken things. he would rather pay and ask for professional help than do it himself. LOL
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• United States
13 Mar 09
My husband would LOVE to be ABLE to fix these things. But that is just not a capacity and gift that God gave him! LOL We live in an apartment complex and if something happens here, all I have to do is call the office and they come and fix it.
• Philippines
17 Mar 09
hahaha. .. . Thank you for being so honest about. . . You deserve aBR for this.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I can't do much at home. My husband is useless around the house. He's not home much either so I can certainly relate. I call a repairman for everything. I won't tackle a toilet, broken appliances or anything else that's a big job. I need the insde front panel of my dishwasher taken off and try to replace the second holder where the detergent goes. The spring broke and I was told it would be a difficult job. So I have to load the open holder for the first wash and make sure I get back into the kitchen to add detergent for the second wash cycle. It's nothing serious but is an inconvenience. Since the dishwasher is beginning to groan, I won't get it fixed. Will eventually replace it. Dishes is one job I don't care to do any longer.
• Philippines
17 Mar 09
It's not easy to do the fixing of thebroken things. For me, it's always a trial and error. I am just lucky that it doesn't often end up in error. LOL
@feroz97 (52)
• India
10 Mar 09
I love fixing things myself. I have an uncontrollable urge to break things down to find out how they work and find a way to fix them. Its just fun to me, after all its broken so i don't care if I break it more by trying to fix it. If all fails i will call a professional.
• Philippines
17 Mar 09
Maybe you can fix some of my broken things here too. .. LOL. .
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I would love to be able to repair even simple things on my own. Unfortuantely, I think i was born without the "handy" gene. My brother is just as bad. When growning up, my dad really didn't do too much of this stuff, but he could do the basics. He just really didn't want, or have time, to show us what he did know. Then he had friends who were plumbers and electricians and handymen, so if there was anything more complicated he would call them. So now if i have an issue I usually call my friend who is a handy type of guy and he helps me out with the little things.
• Philippines
17 Mar 09
Not all people are blessed with these king of skill. But it is good to try but if things don't turn out right, better call a friend to you out. ..
@peterjtd (76)
• India
10 Mar 09
well this really depends on the kind of work. eg if the flourescent lamp bursts thats simple i would replace it on my own. if the water pipe leaks , the temporary solution is put some M-SEAL before any further flooding or loss of water takes place. if the faucet leaks, then most probable the vavle inside is not holding or excessively worm out , that requires replacement. this would also require a special tool " pipe range or american spanner or a shifter". these tools are most not available to us... for this i would call for a professional help. but if the tools or spare part is available, i would rather do it myself.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Good for you to repair those things on your own. I salute you for being so good at that. continue doing it and save more money. have a nice day and happy mylotting.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Hi, dorisday1971!!Hooray to you for your skills! The only thing that I am able to do is change a lightbulb. Any other things, I don't know how to do. But, if it is simple, I may know how to do it.. I usually call upon my husband to fix anything that is broken at home. I am not taht skillful when it comes to repairing things as much as he is. If, I don't know what to, I will leave it to my husband to correct..
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Skills in repairing is not for everyone. As I have said, it is usually the guys who are more gifted with this skill. it is nice of you to keep trying things. For sure, you will learn from trying. have a nice day.
@ronharold (556)
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
I like to repair things but my mom always got first to repair it. She also like to repairs things so what I do is to broke things for her. Just kidding . I don't broke things. We repair them.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
hello Ronharold. You must have a supermom who can do repair things on her own. Enjoy breaking things. . .. Just kidding.. . . Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
• India
10 Mar 09
yes i like repairing broken things at but mostly i like repairing electrical instruments and gadgets since my childhood days since i wanted 2 do scienticism.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Many wouldn't like to repair things which has something to do with electricity. I mean, all those electrical gadgets. I admire you for being so interested in all those things because only few have such interest. have a nice day and keep on repairing to perfect your skills.
• India
10 Mar 09
i like to repair things at home itself.... i get new things to learn from it... it also saves money....i call mechanic only when its neccessarry...
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
As we go along repairing things, we learn many things in the process. it's just that we save money from fixing it on our own, we also learn new things. have a nice day and happy mylotting.
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
10 Mar 09
as for now I always call fo hubby's help. I will watch him do it and then I will do it myself if I can. he usually shows me how to do it too. I'd rather fix things myself since if we hire people there is no guarantee they will do it right and they only work 8 hrs while I would keep going until it's done - it's my home anyway
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
You are very lucky to have a husband who has a skill to repair things. From him, you learn how to do it on your own and it's a good bonding moment for you. it's fun doing it with your spouse. Have a nice day.
• India
10 Mar 09
It would be my pleasure to repair stuff which I am capable of repairing. It would be my pleasure doing so. Besides,I am the repair guy in my house always messing around with stuff ,opening them,rewire the circuits hopingbto make it better and make some cool projects with the broken stuff. Once I made a toy crane using a motor with heavy torque from my broken bulldozer. It worked out to be a a great hit. You see curiosity and experimenting can lead our lives to a respectable position in the future. More the curiosity more the innovations in our daily lives.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
I admire you for being so innovative and for having a passion in repairing things. You have that skill to do all those things. How I wish I also have the same skills and interest as you have so I can perfectly repair things, instead of messing up. LOL. have a nice day.
10 Mar 09
I always try and DIY it but i never like to ask people for help so i mess up a lot
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Constant practice makes perfect. Maybe you just need more practice so you won't mess up next time. have patience and I'm sure, you will do a lot better next time. have a nice day and enjoy posting here at Mylot.
@akki16 (81)
• India
10 Mar 09
If the defected things to be repaired are trivial then one should do it at home itself. Nowadays ,seeking professional help for a pity issue cost a lot. I think they should be called but for only few times after which you can learn n do it yourself. This way you can save your money and increase your knowledge as well...
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
It is always nice to learn new things and skills. It is more fulfilling when we get things done without spending much on the repairs. Once we get used to repairing broken things and appliances, it becomes easier for us to do other repairs.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
10 Mar 09
it depends on what, I would like to do sewing jobs, cleaning and some housework but not changing the light bulbs and fix the host stuff like at, I don't know how to do and I'm not interested either.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
I also like sewing and it is quite a fulfilment for me when I get things done. .
@savypat (20248)
• United States
10 Mar 09
We repair what we can. Hubby is very good at this and since there isn't much money we live a lot better then we would if he couldn't repair as much as he does.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
You are lucky to have a husband who is good at reparing things. In that way, you will be saving a lot of money from having your broken appliances fixed by the professionals. happy mylotting and have a nice day savypat.
@scann33 (101)
• Italy
10 Mar 09
It would be fun if you could explain exactly how. In fact, small repairs of the house is my partner, who often tells me to learn how these small jobs, because it saves a lot of money and you gain time to wait for the jurisdiction.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Repairing broken appliances and other things at home is a lot fun and cost saving too if we do it on our own. The labor cost and professional fees are so expensive that it would be much better if we just do it on our own. happy mylotting.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 09
We try to do minor repairs - calling in professional help is getting expensive. Just calling them to take a look at the problem, they charge an onsite fee (whatever onsite means!). So my husband will take care of busted lights, leaking pipes and taps, even painting ....anything we can do ourselves.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
It's the fees that are usually more expensive. In fact, there are times when it is better to buy a new appliance that have it repaired by the professional who ask for an ezxhorbitant fee. Thanks for responding.
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
10 Mar 09
we fix things because we cannot afford to call someone in to fix things. but believe me, if i had the money i would not spend one minute of my time fixing anything. first of all i am not good at it and it is completely frustrating for me and secondly i have a husband who takes forever to do things that need to be done and then it becomes a major problem instead of a minor one.
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
I do understand why is there a need for you to get some professional help to repair those broken things in your home. I agree with you that it is better to have your broken things fixed by the professionals to avoid getting more problems.