Have you ever had your refrigerator ice maker break?
Have you ever had your washing machine pump stop pumping?
Have you had your dryer door hinge break?
Have you had your toilet just start flushing over and over?
Have you had the cord snap on an XBox 360?
Have you cracked the back of your iphone?
In fact, I can’t think of a single appliance, electronic device, sink, toilet, drain or part of my house in the past 10 years where something has not gone haywire.
When that day arrives, do you DIY (Do It Yourself) or call in a professional?
When you go to your refrigerator ice-maker and all you hear is the sound of motors spinning, what do YOU do first, get on phone to Bill the Handyman or do it yourself?
I always first try to DIY.
I wonder about households which call a handyman or handy-woman. These handy guys must be on call, because it seems like something breaks (if you use your electronics daily), about every 60 to 90 days (for me at least). And let’s just say this, it’s not the appliance quality. I don’t have bad hardware, between Bosch, Apple, Samsung and Frigidaire. Even the best brands have issues after 7 years. I think that is the average breaking point for modern appliances, especially with kids in the house. Some of these appliances like a microwave get extremely high usage, hence they break.
My microwave starting spinning in the middle of the night recently on its own. It was either a ghost or a short in the circuitry.
Ok, so those of you who call a prepaid service or the regular guy who fixes things, you can stop reading this article right now!
Or perhaps you can read on to see what the other half does.
Just to let you know, this post is not an endorsement of a third party prepaid fix it insurance policy. It is in fact the opposite. My opinion is that if you can fix it yourself, then just do it yourself!
The Wonderful World of YouTube.
And if you are not so inclined to fix stuff, but you are considering fixing that leaky faucet there is a secret many of you are already aware of.
And this is where many of you will join me in going right to YouTube.
In fact, when I go to YouTube and find no DIY video telling me how to fix the damn thing, then I start to get worried. For instance, I need to reprogram my old garage door opener, but the videos about it are virtually non-existent. That’s a real bad sign. There is a DIY YouTube video for 95% of things I have had to fix. When there is no video, it is so outdated that the tech is just obsolete!
So, let’s get into why I DIY.
Cash In My Wallet.
I would say that I have probably saved around $10,000 in overpriced parts and labor in the last 10 years, at least. Every time the dishwasher breaks and you call a pro, there is a minimum $100 fee involved. Do that 6 times a year, plus another $100 in parts for 10 years and you end up spending thousands. Plus when you DIY you can sometimes go to eBay or Amazon and find a lower cost or even used part to do the job. I’ve never met an installer who charges you wholesale pricing for a part. And I would never argue with the guy who has come to fix things. Most of us typically pay the bill a serviceman hands us without haggling. In fact, haggling with these professionals is just insulting to them.
Finally, I enjoy a challenge, especially to save a couple hundred dollars.
Worse Case Scenarios
Now everybody has hit the wall who is a DIY’er. The worse case scenario fixing something happened to me when I attempted to fix a Mac Book Pro keyboard. Let’s just say there were 48 steps involved to take it apart, plus 6 different types of miniature screwdrivers. My wife needed to buy the special magnifying glasses with lights on both sides for me from China. There were 48 steps to put it back together (in reverse). There was a YouTube video for this. Only one big truth the guy on the video left out was the fact that it would be hell on earth to do this job. I did it and when I flipped the Mac book power on, it worked believe it or not. But we need to know when to say no. I’ve hit the wall in certain situations. There are times the pros have to be called, especially when you permanently damage something (by accident of course)!
Since I have been married ten years ago, and the finances often got tight, I have had to rethink whether or not to fix things myself. My rule is if I think I can do it, try to do it. Just go in with the thought that you will fail about 10% of the time. 90% is a pretty good success ratio in my book. Right this second I don’t have a broken item to fix, but at any moment it can happen.
In fact, the next time something breaks I am going to record my own DIY video to show how I fixed it. It is about time I gave back to the YouTube DIY community.
My question to you, is, if you are reading this article is what have you fixed with a DIY video?
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Otherwise, have a great day, follow me and keep on reading!