Learn Fixer-Upper Skills – Part 2 – Learn From The Past And Build A Repair Book Library

In a previous article I discussed learning fix-up skills by 1) trying to do repairs as you encounter them and using your investment fixer-upper house as a “practice” house; and, 2) by taking community college classes in the construction trades.

Two more ways to learn repair skills are: 1) reflect on past experiences and on persons who were good examples, and 2) put together your own repair book reference library.

1.) Reflecting on the Past

After I got more involved in doing repair work of my investment houses, I thought back about how my father had taught me a lot by example. I recall seeing him construct screened-in porches on various houses that we had lived in. I was too young to help out much at the time, or to appreciate what he was doing. Looking back I realize that it required a strong desire to learn the basic principals, and a sense of self-confidence to build it. He had no formal training in construction, and did not have reference books like I do but he learned by observing other porches that had been built in the neighborhood and by talking to people.

I also have a friend who has made a career out of living frugally. He does virtually all of his own house repair and car repair work. If he gets stuck, he goes to the library and finds books to help him. It helps that he has a background in teaching vocational education. We have helped each other with house repair projects over the years, and he is a reliable source of practical advice when I need help.

There may be people around you who can teach you a lot about home repair. This is the kind of person who can be an invaluable resource for you. Be sure to take them out to lunch once in awhile.

2.) Put Together a House Repair Book Library

I like to scour the fix-up book areas at used book stores for good buys. I buy a book as soon as I see it if I know that it has valuable information. If you wait to purchase the book you may return later and find that the book I had wanted is gone. The price you pay will literally be a drop in the bucket compared to the money you will save. I have books on almost every possible repair topic, including electrical wiring, plumbing, flooring, you name it. Some books offer information on a wide variety of repairs. Reader’ Digest Fix-it Yourself Manual and Better Home and Gardens Complete Guide to Home Repair, are good books to start with. From there, you may need to go to a more focused book on electricity or plumbing. The Home Depot books are generally good choices to include in your library. I have several.

When a book is not enough, you can usually get good advice on specific jobs at hardware stores, like Ace Hardware. And, you can often get good advice on difficult repairs by doing a Google search.

Car Repair Services: Learn About The Best Choices Available For Your Car Repair

Do You Need Car Repair Services?

If you are encountering a lot of problems with your car and your car needs repair, it's time to check out the different auto repair options available. There are many car repair garages and servicing shops that can offer you with quality services and fix the problem of your vehicle easily. If it's a simple issue you can take a DIY approach to complete the repairs.

Best Options For Vehicle Repairs And Servicing

Here are some of the different options available for car body repair and servicing: –

Visit The Specialist Repair Shop

If there is a problem in a specific part or auto system of your car, it is always a good idea to seek help from specialist repair shops. An experienced specialist can immediately rectify the problems of your automobile very easily.

Moreover, you can also hire a transmission specialist, a muffler specialist and many other specialists who mainly specialize in providing repair services for specific parts of your car. Hiring a specialist is always the right choice to deal with the complex problems of your vehicle.

Look For A Good Auto Dealer Repair Shop

A reputed and established auto dealer repair shop can also offer you the same garage services such as basic repair and maintenance services for the different makes and models. They may also help you with the mechanical repair or other complicated problems that cannot be fixed elsewhere.

Since they have all the latest tools and equipment they can fix any problem in a hassle-free way. Most of the mechanics usually work on a specific model and so it's advisable to look for an auto dealer shop which can offer complex repair services for all the models. If you want to replace a damaged part of your car, ask your dealership shop to install the original parts and enjoy a smooth drive.

Can You Take A DIY Approach?

If it's not a complex issue you can take a DIY approach to carry out the repairs. Not only it will save your money but you may also learn something new while performing the repairs. Car owners can do the easy repairs at home with a little guidance from the car manual.

Replacing a battery, changing the oil filter or air filter, checking the fluid level are some of the basic things that you can do on your own. Call a professional to deal with the mechanic problems of your automobile.

Conclusion

By following a car servicing and maintenance schedule you can extend the life of your car and enjoy a safe drive with your loved ones.