Simple living is more than building, cooking, and gardening. It is learning how to take care of all your needs around the home.
One of the commonly overlooked skills of a more sustainable life style is home repairs.
Thanks to youtube and the internet, basic home repairs are well within the abilities of the novice home owner or renter.
We’ve learned that renting is the perfect time to build those skills. You don’t own the home, landlords typically aren’t quick to respond, and if you don’t fix the issue, it isn’t your problem. I have fixed most of my home issues while renting and although not all repair attempts are successful, none have made the matter worse. Home repairs are worth a try.
Learning to do basic home repairs is best taught through YouTube, a comprehensive Google search, and experience. We recommend watching more than one video to get a good idea of how to solve the problem.
Here are 5 of the most basic home repairs to try yourself:
- Stop a running toilet: Read about possible causes here or watch this how-to video.
- Fix door knobs: Watch one of these videos about loose knobs, sticky handles, and replacing door knobs.
- Repair dry wall holes: Read about it here or watch this video.
- Stop a leaking faucet: Read this or watch a video here.
- Know how to turn off the water– I know this one isn’t a repair and seems strange, but we have had water lines burst and turning off the water quickly has saved us from a great deal of damage, which is important to any owner or renter.
Since moving into our current rental, we’ve managed to repair malfunctioning blinds, replace screens, stop running toilets, reseal windows, and summarize the swamp cooler. We were also *fortunate* enough to buy a dryer with a mismatched outlet plug to the wall. We’ve since learned to replace the cord so it could be used with the current wall outlet. All of these skills are useful for home ownership and will be helpful to us in the future.
What repair skills have proved useful to you?