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The Single Woman's DYI Household Repairs

Updated on January 7, 2013

Single Women Make Repairs Too

Single women can make household repairs that can help keep their budgets in line. In most cases, even the least mechanically inclined women can remove the inhibitions to make simple household repairs until they can afford professional repair service.

It's far simpler to replace parts in your toilet tank than to spend a few hundred dollars paying a plumber to do these jobs. Today, the tank float and other parts are relatively simple to replace and the cost is surprisingly low.

But, what about a sudden annoying leak in a pipe joint? The following tip may help. Invest in a small roll of pipe dope and some plumbing cement. First apply the plumbing cement to source of the leak and then seal with the pipe dope.

When household lubricants are unavailable to loosen bolts and screws, use a dab of ordinary vegetable oil. Allow at least ten minutes to elapse before attempting to remove the bolt or screw.

A cold heat solder gun is a big help when a favorite jewelry clasp or chain needs repair. These are hand-held and simple to use.

Make a habit of oiling door hinges and other household items as part of a regular maintenance plan. It can save a lot of time, energy and money in the long run. This is also true of electrical wiring, extension cords, etc. that should be checked for fraying. In some cases, ordinary electrical tape can prevent further fraying.

Invest in a large eye, curved needle to repair thick fabrics like leather and denim. Use an emery board to smooth chips in china, glass and porcelain.


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    • Ewent profile imageAUTHOR

      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      5 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Thank you for your comment. Most of our household units are manufactured in fairly compact designs. This means fewer parts. For instance, a clothes dryer is another appliance with fewer parts.

      Another handy hint is to check the operations and maintenance manuals that usually are provided with each appliance or fixture. Most include a list of the parts. I use these lists to order parts from either the manufacturer of the fixture or appliance or a local appliance parts store.

    • R W Bobholz profile image

      Richard Wayne Bobholz 

      5 years ago from Durham, North Carolina

      My girlfriend would love you. She recently started repairing everything because she's sick of getting ripped off, especially at auto shops. Together, she and I haven't had a problem fixing most things in our apartment and cars. When our toilet does break, your advice will be very helpful! Thanks.


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