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When it comes to all things technical regarding my home, I suddenly feel like Arial in The Little Mermaid. I recognize those shiny objects that people might be talking to me about, but I don’t always know what they are exactly called or how they work. Ask me if it’s time for a heater tune-up or if my home has in-floor radiant heat, my little construction worker will probably have a better answer for you than what I do.
When it comes to home improvements, I’m not exactly an expert, nor do I play one on this blog. I know what a hammer is and how to (mostly) use one. I can tell the difference between a Phillips and a flathead screwdriver. I know what a tape measure is and where we keep ours. After that, well… you get the picture. Our home improvements are mostly done by outside contractors and even the painting and remodeling we’ve had done lately, we’ve hired assistance, because we’re just not that handy.
So needless to say there’s a good reason that I’m a coupon/mom/family blogger and not a home improvement blogger. I’m not an expert who can tell you how to redo your bathroom with a wrench, some grout and a pack of tile. Instead all I can tell you is that even if you are home repair challenged like me, you can still survive when it’s time to tackle those tough jobs. Here’s how to fake it.
Take a Class
Many home improvement stores offer all kinds of cool (and free!) home improvement courses to teach you how to do and improve different things around your home. Your local community college likely also offers courses as well at an affordable rate either for credit or through adult education. These classes can be fun, informative and you might actually learn to fix something too. Plus ladies if you’re single, you might actually meet a guy who can fix stuff too!
Read the Instructions
Yeah, yeah. I know. I hate this one too. But the instructions that come with stuff are usually there for a reason and amazingly enough they have useful information on them too! Get out your reading glasses, find the section that’s in English and sit down and pay attention and go through them step by step. You might actually learn how to do what you need to do after all.
Look It Up
When it’s 3 a.m., something breaks and your husband is working the overnight shift, Google and YouTube are your best friends. You can learn a lot online by searching the right phrases, and by checking out videos on how to do the repairs. That is unless your internet is what’s broken, then you’re probably outta luck.
Don’t know? Take it Social
What did people ever do before the internet? Seriously! If you’re stuck with a home repair situation and looking it up online through a search engine doesn’t work, take it to your social networks. Take a picture or two, post to Twitter or Facebook and ask your handier friends or followers for advice.
Call In a Professional
It’s important to know when you’re out of your league and when it’s time to call in someone with more experience and know how. If you know you can’t fix it, it’s OK to ask for help and to make sure it gets repaired properly.