Do house­hold re­pairs your­self

Cecil Whig - - & & -

Of all the things that need re­pair in a typ­i­cal home — and are most of­ten ig­nored — drippy faucets and leaky toi­lets most likely top the list. They put money down the drain, but call­ing a plumber can empty your wal­let even faster. The so­lu­tion is sim­ple: Fix it your­self.

An on­line search for “fix leaky faucet” turns up a plethora of in­struc­tional sites.

Leaky toi­lets are the most com­mon cause of high water bills, says Kay Keat­ing of the free web­site Toi­le­tol­ogy 101. Take a seat in her on­line class­room, and she’ll teach you how to fix the leak your­self, and even to de­tect a leak you didn’t know you had with in­ex­pen­sive re­place­ment parts avail­able at any home im­prove­ment store.

Next to drips and leaks, ap­pli­ances are the house­hold cul­prits most of­ten in need of re­pair. Call­ing a ser­vice tech­ni­cian is an op­tion, but you could wait for days and end up spend­ing a for­tune. Do­ing those re­pairs your­self is a much bet­ter op­tion.

Chris Hall, pres­i­dent of Re­ says, “You can ex­pect to chop days off your down­time and cut the pro­fes­sional’s in­voice by at least 75 per­cent, which is the por­tion of a re­pair bill at­trib­uted to la­bor, travel and a mark-up on parts.” Hall, based in Can­ton, Michi­gan, along with his staff, of­fers free re­pair help on­line and by email. The com­pany stocks parts for nearly ev­ery ma­jor home ap­pli­ance in ser­vice in the U.S. to­day, with same-day ship­ping and an ab­so­lute money-back guar­an­tee on re­turns within 365 days of pur­chase .

Ac­cord­ing to Hall, most re­frig­er­a­tors, dish­wash­ers, wash­ing ma­chines and dry­ers can be re­paired at home by novices. It’s all a mat­ter of fig­ur­ing out what’s wrong, or­der­ing the re­place­ment part and do­ing the re­pair with the help of an on­line tech­ni­cian.

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