If it’s broken, then fix it.

February 2, 2007 6:49am CST
After the plumbing backed up yesterday, YUCK! I was inspired to ask this question. When something around your house/ apartment is broken, who tends to fix it and why? Do you call an expert, fix it your self or call on someone you can depend on? When things are broken here, my husband is the one to jump on the job and fix it. My job is to find the problems, lol.
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@janmar (115)
• United States
2 Feb 07
LOL. I find the problems and I solve them too! My hubby doesn't touch anything! Remember Bill Cosby? Yeah, I wouldn't put a tool in my hubby's hands if my life depended on it! So, if I can't do it and one of my friends cannot help me do it, I call in the experts!
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3 Feb 07
LOL, thanks for sharing and thanks for the giggle. :-)
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@shawn2008 (296)
• United States
2 Feb 07
haha DUCT TAPE I TELL YOU. duct tape fixes all...even plumbing lol jkjk. it is good your husband is a handy man though.
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3 Feb 07
Have you ever heard of the Red Green Show, it’s a comedy? This is a handy man that uses duct tape for everything, it's hilarious!
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• United States
2 Feb 07
It depends on what the problem is. If it looks like something that I can fix myself I will try it out and see if I can do it before i bring anyone else into it. After that I will most likely call in an expert because they should be able to handle it.
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3 Feb 07
That makes very good sense, sometimes it maybe nothing really to fixing it. At least you try, that is wonderful.
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@ukchriss (2103)
2 Feb 07
I rent so if the plumbing packed up I would just call someone out, My other half works with computers so he fixes any problems with them. My lodger loves DIY and fiddling with cars so he comes in handy and my dad is a retired carpenter so he loves to help out as well. I hate having to pay someone to fix anything. My job is to organise them all. lol
3 Feb 07
Hey as the official organizer here in my home, I can say that is a job. LOL
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
If it is something small like a computer problem, my father or I usually try to find ways to fix it ourselves first before we call customer support or have someone come out. It just seems easier to find solutions online rather than call a customer support line, where they have to put you through the most basic steps first and then may not even know the answer to your problem once they spend 10 minutes with you on the basics, lol! But for other things around the house, it depends on what it is, but we usually have to call someone out.
3 Feb 07
I know, I have even tried to start the conversation out with, OK the power cord is connected and yes the computer is turned on, Yet it never fails, they ask me any way to be sure the cord is connected and the puter is on, LOL.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
Ahhhhhh, the advantages of renting! I have never had the built in desire to own a home that most people do. I don't know why, but I don't. I love the fact that when the roof is leaking, it's not my problem. When the plumbing goes awry, it's not my problem. When the diswasher needs replaced, it's not my problem. And no, I don't mind "giving" money away that could be used to purchase my "own" home and have all of the above stated problems and more just for the satisfaction of saying that I have these problems. And, in serious answer to your question, a few years back my partner would have fixed it; now we would have to call in a professional. ~Donna
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3 Feb 07
I never had the luck to have a good landlord that would fix things. One winter it took them a week to fix the heater, buuuurrrrrrr. If you can have a nice one, then yes it would be a pleasure then.
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@nw1911guy (1134)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Well, I usually end up fixing things myself except when I was living in an apartment, then I would just call maintenance to do it. lol
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3 Feb 07
Yes, but isn't it nice just to do it your self and get it over with? :-)
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@nickeeg (74)
2 Feb 07
If it's something technical, like the PC or VCR I will have a go at sorting it myself. Other things such as plumbing I will call my dad or grandad-in-law as they have quite a bit of experience. A mistake I made last year was calling an emergency plumber for a slight leak in the toilet. He repaired it with a new pipe costing about £20 in 1 hour and I was £350 poorer as a result! Nick
• United States
2 Feb 07
I used to try to fix it myself until my next door neighbor who works in the maintenance field told me not to as I only made matters worse. So taking his advice I get him first to do it so now I have my own expert right next door. P.S. When I was married my husband was even worse than me LOL
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@patootie (3593)
2 Feb 07
What a great idea .. well done to you .. having an expert 'on tap' is very good .. !!
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3 Feb 07
Neighbors can be wonderful. Sounds like you have a great one!
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@quispy (572)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Hi sunshine! If something is broke, the person most likely to fix it is ME! I am pretty self-sufficient, thanks to my dad. And that's a great thing considering that our repair bills would be out of control because my husband is hardly ever home. I can install a sink, fix most plumbing problems, tile a floor, bleed radiators, paint, wallpaper, roof, pretty much anything you can throw at me, except for ELECTRICAL. I refuse to touch electrical aside from changing a switch!
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3 Feb 07
Oh my! That is great, I don't think I could ever do some of the things you are doing. Plumbing is a nightmare for me and anything that involves a ladder for get it. I think that is wonderful you are so skilled.
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@patootie (3593)
2 Feb 07
I've been trying to sort out my dishwasher for weeks .. all it needs is a new wste water hose .. but no one has spares anymore for a dishwasher that is 14 years old .. it's so annoying as there is absolutely nothing else wrong with it .. the hose has been gaffer taped together for weeks and one of these days the flippin' water will simply spew out all over ... Now I can't find a hose to fit onto it .. so guess what .. yup .. it looks like I am going to have to fork out for a new dishwasher .. as I can't see how else to sort it out ..
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3 Feb 07
That me, I hate to buy new, just keep fixing what I have until it can't be fixed no more. The upside is, now you get to go shopping! There are some really nice ones out there now, at a really good price. Try second hand stores, they are great! We bought our Fridge 7 years ago, used for $50.00 and it works great still.
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@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
2 Feb 07
As we are in appartment, we just call maintainance people to fix any kind of problem. You never know if you try to fix yourself and make another problem or break something then you have to pay a lot. So it's always good to call maintainance people if you are in an appartment. But sometime you have call them repeatedly, they are so busy when you call.
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3 Feb 07
I miss those good old days of just picking up the phone when something broke and sometimes I don't. I remember being put on the "List" and waiting for days for them to get to me. It can be a pain.
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• China
2 Feb 07
I would like to fix it by myself. some times I found it was very interesting to fix some broken things. I could learn a lot when i was doing the repairing.everytime after i fix it, I have a feeling of achievement. what is more, you can save some moeny.
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3 Feb 07
That is my husband, he likes to work on things and figure our how they work. He did that with our first computer, now he builds them. Wonderful you jump in there and do it yourself.
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 07
Actually, it's the opposite in my home. I'm the brain, the thinker, but I'm also totally useless with my hands! So I let my wife do the DYI, and even take care of the cars. Not only is she really good at that, but she also enjoys it. Everyone's a winner!
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3 Feb 07
Thanks for the honesty, not many men would admit that, even though it's the truth more times than we know. :-)
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
3 Feb 07
my boyfriend fixes the things that need to be fixed at our house.
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• Singapore
3 Feb 07
Usually, i will do it myself as i am already used to do all this from young
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• United States
3 Feb 07
Same here. My husband is the handy man. He amazes me how he can fix things even when he's never really messed with it. :) I did have to call the air conditioner man last year when my husband was out of town and our Central Heat and Air went out. NO MORE! It cost us over $300 just for them to come in and replace a wire!!! LOL
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I am the first to face it/ try and fix it, sometimes my duct tape and bubble gum methods work, on the car as well as the house,lol. If it's a little too much, then I call the plumber, etc.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
3 Feb 07
My partner is a builder and I wish he would stop finding problems lol! The slightest squeak of a hinge and he is all systems go. He will NOT touch plumbing though. He says water is a nasty thing with a mind all of its own and he would rather pay (however painful lol) than risk a flood. My brother is a spark so all the electricals are his territory. Mine is maintaining a constant flow of cups of tea :-)
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I generally fix everything in the house that is broken. Mostly because when I see a problem I want to get rid of the problem immediately. I grew up in a commune. There was no calling a plumber or an electrician when things needed repairing. IN our house we just did it. So, I learned plumbing, electrical work, auto mechanics, and basic carpentry. And this came in great handy during the times in my life when I was single. Nowadays, I've just become to accustomed to doing on my own what needs to be done, my husband doesnt think twice about it. In fact, often, he will make dinner and clean the kitchen if I'm involved in a major task. It all works out.
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