Getting stuck in to DIY repairs at home

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Have you ever wanted to be handier around the home? Are you sick of paying overpriced contractors to do something simple that even you could do? Or waiting for someone else in the house to get them done?

If so, then it might be time to get started with DIY repairs at home. In this post, we’re going to take a look at a couple of ways that you can start fixing your own things instead of relying on an expensive contractor.

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Put together a comprehensive toolkit

One of the first things you should do is put together a set of tools to help you with your projects. A toolkit should be based around the user and what they need it for, hence why it’s difficult to make recommendations here. First, we’d suggest looking at the different kinds of toolkits available to see if there’s an all-in-one option that will save you time and potentially money. However, you might also want to buy individual parts and tools if you already have tools available.

By putting together a toolkit, you’ll always be prepared no matter the situation. You can start small with a basic screwdriver set and some spare parts. As you get more advanced and fix more things, you’ll find that it helps to have high-powered tools and speciality tools that cover niche uses.

Know where to get spare parts

In addition to having the right tools, you also need spares and materials that can help you fix things. There are plenty of places to look for typical items to fix things like cupboards, shelves and tables. So what about parts for electronics and appliances?

You can find repair parts here for specific brands. Although many of these brands use the same kinds of parts inside of their appliances, much of the addons and brand-specific things will need to be bought from the manufacturer themselves. This makes it a little frustrating at times to fix specific things (especially if they’re no longer sold) but it’s also fairly easy because you know exactly where to look.

If you have access to the manual for the thing you’re repairing then you can actually look up part numbers and search them. In some cases, you may find aftermarket alternatives that are made to act as cheaper (or in some cases more durable) replacements for parts that commonly break or are known to be low quality.

Look up guides on repairing specific things

Next, you’ll also want to look up a guide on the repair that you want to carry out. Repairs for something generic such as a chair or shelf can be found on websites like YouTube. You could also just Google search a guide and you’ll be presented with many different written and video guides. This will give you a great idea of where to begin.
However, if you’re looking at repairing electronics and appliances around the home, then you may need to look at guides for the specific model or make of your item. These guides are much harder to come by, but they typically give step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.

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