Thursday, January 22, 2009

Home Repairs

Around the house, I’m not known as Mr. Fix-It. I learned a long time ago, and repeatedly, that home repairs can be done in a cost effective manner if we pay someone who knows what they are doing. I have the uncanny ability of turning a simple, cheap repair into a major expense.

I received the following home repair tips as part of an e-mail. I thought everyone knew these.

* You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

* If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.


Blogger Lanny said...

The best thing ever was when duct tape started coming in colors! Hammers are overrated, the handle side of a good heavy knife will do, for most jobs.

9:27 AM  
Blogger bobbie said...

Lanny is probably right. Although, as I get older and the arthritis gets worse, a wrench comes in pretty handy too.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Sounds like very simple advice and good advice at

6:01 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I've heard your wife call you a lot of names but you are correct...Mr Fixit wasn't one of them. I'll go no further down that road.
I think you do okay tho. You do good behind the wheel of a big John Deere and what more can you ask.
btw I'm no Mr Fixit either.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

That's as funny as when my father-in-law tries to change an outlet without shutting off the breaker!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Marla said...

I have wd and duct tape. I'm sure that is how I will be repairing things.

3:08 PM  
Blogger EV said...

WD40 needs to come up a hybrid duct tape.

4:52 PM  
Blogger nora said...

I love that!
I grew up in the "if it doesn't work after you hit it with a hammer, hit it with a bigger one" household.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

When I first lived on my own, a butter knife was my tool of choice. It served as the all-in-one tool. The typical uses for a butter knife plus a screwdriver and hammer. My mom was the one who got me my first tools. Whoo look out - a real hammer and screwdriver. No duct tape though. I still don't own duct tape, but always have WD-40 on hand. Lisa

4:07 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Sadly Ralph, I come from the school who's motto is: "Too soon we get old, Too late we get smart" so I still try to fix things.... the one advantage of living alone is... nobody needs to know about the failures except when I 'fess up to them on my blog page.

5:44 PM  

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