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The Big Question 2013/01/15 01:08:31
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  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2013/01/16 18:00:02
    Yes
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Do it all.......
  • Mr.Steve 2013/01/16 15:31:37
  • TXredhead 2013/01/16 03:59:01
    No
    TXredhead
    Depends on what it is .... I'd bake some might fine cookies for a man who is.
  • watusiwaldo 2013/01/16 02:55:46
    Yes
    watusiwaldo
    Have to be...who can afford the pros for every this and that...not me.
  • Sedated Whispers 2013/01/16 01:10:04
    Yes
    Sedated Whispers
    Yes :3
  • P. Sturm 2013/01/15 22:21:17
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    Yes.
  • RJeffreySavlov 2013/01/15 21:55:47
    Yes
    RJeffreySavlov
    I've done it all from electrical to plumbing, to tile,to drywall, to paint & wallpaper.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2013/01/15 19:32:21
    Yes
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    Somewhat. I at least have some tools, and know how to use them.
  • jimmie 2013/01/15 18:37:22
    Yes
    jimmie
    Half to be ,,,,can't afford to pay someone to do it any more,,,,,
  • firelooker 2013/01/15 17:58:54
    Yes
    firelooker
    Raised on a farm, my step dad taught us boys how to be self reliant. I started out as a diesel Mechanic then moved into const building houses. Started my first home repair business in '74, improved my skill's as I went along. Now I can add finish carpenter to my list of skill's as well as doll house furniture maker.
  • Cocktails 2013/01/15 17:43:48
    Yes
    Cocktails
    Why are all the women handy and the men aren't????
  • Samantha Green 2013/01/15 17:32:52
    Yes
    Samantha Green
    Yep
  • kat 2013/01/15 16:56:50
    Yes
    kat
    +1
    I learned to be handy as a teen out of sheer necessity. It has saved me a small fortune as an adult when less than honest handymen have tried to overcharge me.
  • JGF 2013/01/15 15:34:15
    Yes
    JGF
    +1
    Having renovated four homes over the years, I guess so.
  • ♥Patricia♥ 2013/01/15 15:00:23
    No
    ♥Patricia♥
    Hahaha God no, I'm worse than a 5 year old.
  • KATniss 2013/01/15 12:38:18
    Yes
    KATniss
    yep
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2013/01/15 12:28:57
  • baxter 2013/01/15 12:10:01
    No
    baxter
    No
  • Primaltare 2013/01/15 11:31:41
    Yes
    Primaltare
    Might not know how to do everything, but I help my dad with everything because of my mom's condition and my sister's lack of knowledge (and pfft...laziness).
  • garyhaywardcom 2013/01/15 11:30:29 (edited)
    Yes
    garyhaywardcom
    +1
    I've saved literally hundreds of pounds by repairing all kinds of stuff, including:

    Fixing an overheated graphics card GPU that most people, including the tech-savvy, would have assumed could only be thrown in the trash. It was actually, ironically, an attempt to finish it off in anger and frustration that did the trick! This is now my secret technique :D Saved me about £70 in replacement cost. Also fixed a floppy drive by breaking a PCB short-circuit with a quick slash with a screwdriver blade. Had had no idea what the problem was; just a funny instinct. Saved me about £5 in replacement cost;

    Fixed my gas hot water and central heating boiler by noticing it worked only when the plastic cover of a little PCB enclosure was off--loose connection. It sure paid to be curious. (I would never ever attempt to fix a faulty gas component as that would potentially be dangerous (and could be illegal in my country)). I was under a 'homecare' insurance agreement at the time for it (free parts and labour for a yearly fee), so I initially called out a technician and he, with his laptop, stared around and fiddled inside the boiler for a few minutes without a clue what was up (never thought it could be a simple loose connection) before saying I needed this huge part--that he didn't have in his va...











    I've saved literally hundreds of pounds by repairing all kinds of stuff, including:

    Fixing an overheated graphics card GPU that most people, including the tech-savvy, would have assumed could only be thrown in the trash. It was actually, ironically, an attempt to finish it off in anger and frustration that did the trick! This is now my secret technique :D Saved me about £70 in replacement cost. Also fixed a floppy drive by breaking a PCB short-circuit with a quick slash with a screwdriver blade. Had had no idea what the problem was; just a funny instinct. Saved me about £5 in replacement cost;

    Fixed my gas hot water and central heating boiler by noticing it worked only when the plastic cover of a little PCB enclosure was off--loose connection. It sure paid to be curious. (I would never ever attempt to fix a faulty gas component as that would potentially be dangerous (and could be illegal in my country)). I was under a 'homecare' insurance agreement at the time for it (free parts and labour for a yearly fee), so I initially called out a technician and he, with his laptop, stared around and fiddled inside the boiler for a few minutes without a clue what was up (never thought it could be a simple loose connection) before saying I needed this huge part--that he didn't have in his van so it would be Monday (this was on a Friday) before he could call back, leaving me without hot water and heating for the whole weekend. When he did call back with the part, I explained what I'd done and he was like Oh, nice one, then off he went. (I should have let him fit the new part as it would have been, well, a new part, lasting longer than the one installed and I even was cheeky enough to ask him if he could fit it anyway after I'd told him of my repair. He said No, haha.) I think the new part was worth about £150;

    When my upright vacuum cleaner started pouring out blue smoke after sucking up a coin off the carpet, I simply stripped the 'head' down, including completely stripping down the motor, cleaned out the packed dust and used duct tape to cover the hole in the fan housing that the coin had smashed. Saved about £?40-50 on parts and labour;

    Years ago, when I needed a full new hot water and central heating system (£2000), I stripped out the old one, saving a bit of time of engineers in my house (took them a whole week to install the system--in and out of the house like fiddlers' elbows). By stripping out the old system, it meant I was sure to get to keep it to sell--copper pipes and big, 5-foot-by-2-foot immersion cylinder are worth money as copper scrap, offsetting the cost of the new system;

    When my old twin-tub washing machine packed up after I let it overfill and it wouldn't start up again, I stripped out and emptied the internal pipework, fitted back together, and it was fine (it was an air-lock in the pipes). Saved about £?20, and, as I was looking after my elderly mother who had dementia, full-time, it was essential to get things up and running again as soon as possible;

    When the spark ignition on my gas fire would not work any longer, I called out a guy who hadn't a clue what was up. I happened to have a spare resistor (were no longer obtainable for my ancient model) and suggested he clean the contacts on it when it didn't work. He tried but to no avail. He kindly didn't charge me anything as he could not fix things. When he went, I had a go and got it working straight away!

    My long-standing project is to replace various components on electronic goods. I have a small, portable CRT TV with a blown fly-back transformer waiting to be replaced.

    I've always been one to repair or find another use for things, with custom modifications if necessary. My father taught me about electricity as a kid and how to wire a power plug. I'll attempt anything mechanical, electrical/electronic, or to do with the water supply--but not, as I said gas and as long as I have the basic knowledge of what I'm doing--with health and safety the highest priority. Repair saves money and the environment, you learn stuff and it's fun! I'll hang doors, plaster and paint, repair my van, and replace sections of ceiling (I must get around to that, haha). Try it, people! :D
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  • foy49 2013/01/15 10:42:26
    Yes
    foy49
    Yes and no. I can keep it going ; but I'm no "crafts man".
    Now out in the street, that's another mater.
  • Denny 2013/01/15 10:38:09
    Yes
    Denny
    I can do anything with a piece of wood including burn it in the fireplace. I can finish but I don't like too. That's why I'm trying to hire my grand sons.
  • Mary Mary 2013/01/15 10:16:29 (edited)
    Yes
    Mary Mary
    My husband is amazing, he completely renovated our home.
  • Tordgaard 2013/01/15 09:15:16 (edited)
    No
    Tordgaard
    No. I can manage to keep things neat and clean (mostly) but, if it's broken, I'm usually not the one who's going to be fixing it.
  • fallnhope 2013/01/15 09:11:40
    Yes
    fallnhope
    Only in so much as keeping everything running smoothly..... I'm too accident prone and short otherwise
  • LadyMorgana696 2013/01/15 08:59:56
    Yes
    LadyMorgana696
    But lazy also
  • alyssa 2013/01/15 08:51:24
    Yes
    alyssa
    +1
    mushroom cloud gif

    but of course
  • FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK 2013/01/15 08:38:40
    Yes
    FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK
    I have to be .
  • BuggaBoo 2013/01/15 08:23:15
    Yes
    BuggaBoo
    if i must be. other than that I'm str8 dope lazy!!
  • moonglum 2013/01/15 07:33:46
    Yes
    moonglum
    yes im very handy around the house
  • meshell 2013/01/15 07:29:10
    Yes
    meshell
    +1
    I sure am, MUM bought us up to be indepedant of males, Good job MUM... House yard car, almost anything most women rely on men for MUM taught us to do ourselves...see even as littlies we knew men were unreliable, LOL. (kidding guys).. only some...I know so many men that are happy to do for others before they do for their own missus..
  • Rob 2013/01/15 07:14:46
    Yes
    Rob
    There is little I cannot do myself.
  • sglmom 2013/01/15 07:12:52
    Yes
    sglmom
    +3
    Called being a HOMEOWNER ..
    can't afford to PAY for service calls for everything ..
    you learn how to not only REPAIR Things ..
    but create on your own ..
    (it is the way to stretch a BUDGET .. you know .. BUDGET the word that MEDIA and the POLITICIANS do NOT understand)
  • EmoMcParland 2013/01/15 07:08:17
    Yes
    EmoMcParland
    +1
    To much regretfully ; )
  • L1 2013/01/15 06:59:59
    Yes
    L1
    +1
    Yes, I am....
  • Gryffindor53 2013/01/15 06:48:24
    Yes
    Gryffindor53
    +2
    I can hold my own. I know how to run everything from a screwdriver all the way up to a table saw (and other power tools) successfully and I know my way around a hardware store. I miss being around woodshops, actually.
  • Goober ... Gryffin... 2013/01/15 19:45:42
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2013/01/15 06:04:44
    Yes
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +1
    I hope so since I'm a licensed contractor
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2013/01/15 06:01:39
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    ABSOLUTELY!
  • LdyLeo 2013/01/15 05:40:23
    No
    LdyLeo
    +4
    Everything I touch dies..

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