Repair it, maintain it
Safewrite wrote: Are there any DIY hacks you might share?
I don’t have any “hacks” to offer, just the general outlook on being your own handyman. I’ve made it a life-long practice to learn how things work and how to make minor repairs or replace parts to repair appliances, make home repairs, repair small engines, make and repair wood furniture, etc. I’ve been doing it for so long I guess I take this knowledge for granted. Along with accumulating knowledge, I’ve accumulated the tools required to accomplish the repairs or the building of whatever project happens to be the priority of the day. If I decide to do something new and don’t have the knowledge, I start learning. The internet is a great resource for this! Generally speaking, in any community there is usually someone who has the knowledge or the skill you’re seeking and who is also willing to teach.
Most people have it within themselves to learn any skill that comes to mind. Just accumulate the knowledge and practice until you’re competent at it. Having the knowledge and skills to perform the normal handyman-type home repairs or minor auto repairs, such as replacing those front brake pads on the car, will help to make one more independent and keep some of that hard-earned money in one’s pocket.
As one of my favorite authors from my youth put it: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects!” –Robert Heinlein