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 Posted: Sat Apr 15th, 2017 06:17 pm
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Noticed the water pressure in our small bathroom has been going down lately.  It seemed to drop significantly after the Village had come out to install a new electronic water meter.  Was doing some reading online and read about cleaning out the faucet aerator, which I had never had to do.  It's a Kohler and required a special tool to unscrew it since its a safety aerator that kinda screws into the faucet.  Anyway, was able to unscrew it using the head of a flat screwdriver and cleaned it out. Had some calcium buildup inside, almost like tiny rocks.  Faucet is working like a charm now. Who knew.



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Everyone should know this by age 18. Im not bagging on you for not knowing but its kinda just a basic houshold maintenance thing like re tarring your roof vents every couple of years.



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Yeah, just one of those things I never learned. I'm somewhat handy around the house, but whatever.

Now I need to Google tarring roof vents :)



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Google and Youtube are the DIY guy's best friends. I am not handy at all but am willing to give most repair jobs a shot to save some money. I figure worst case scenario is I don't fix it and then call in the experts. After I watched how easy some of the repairs are, I was actually pissed off that I had hired someone to do them in the past.

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You are correct. Yesterday, my riding lawnmower was shooting out both white smoke and oil from the exhaust. I thought the motor was shot. A quick google told me that old gasoline sludge was prolly clogging up the carborator. I bought a 4 dollar can of carb cleaner, took it off, cleaned it and it ran better than it did last summer. Without Google, I would have easily dropped 300 bux having a small engine repair guy bilk me out of money and I wouldnt have known the difference.



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Youtube has taught me how to change the interior air filter on the car, the taillights and headlights, etc.

Saved tons of money. Dealer Smealer.



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Blazer wrote: Youtube has taught me how to change the interior air filter on the car, the taillights and headlights, etc.

Saved tons of money. Dealer Smealer.

A lot of auto parts places (AutoZone, Advanced Auto Parts, etc) will install the parts for you free of charge. I bought new headlight bulbs from Advanced but I was having difficulty trying to install them. Advanced Auto Parts guy came out to the parking lot and installed them free of charge. They will also provide you with any specialized tool that you may need free of charge.

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Headlights are another one I learned on youtube. The entire front grill and other shit has to come off to change the head lights on my 2010 GMC. It takes about 5 fucking hours so you're better off changing all of them at once if ones burnt out. Youtube provides a better education than anything else man has invented.



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Yep, youtube has been a huge money saver for me this spring.

Our ejector system in the basement died, so I had already called a plumber to replace it. But before he came out, I had a tub that was backing up. He quoted me to fix both, along with replacing the kitchen sink. I decided to work on both before he came out to fix the ejector. I ended up having to completely remove the shower/tub to get to the clogged p-trap. After doing so, I decided to replace the shower faucet and all hardware. It took me a bit to get the tub back in (it was on a raised platform), but my wife and I were able to completely re-do it and save around $450, then we did the same with a new kitchen sink, and save another $500.

I only paid the plumber to replace the ejector and install a new faucet in our master bath. Our toilet was leaking in there, and once we pulled it up, we found that the subfloor under it was rotting out. So my current project is ripping up the bad part of the floor (which was under two layers of linoleum and a layer of hardwood). Once that's done, I'm installing a brand new shower and toilet.

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Amen.  I bought income property last fall and spent this winter doing tons of shit to it, including stripping the bathroom down to the studs and sub floor and then building it back up from scratch.  When I wasn't working on it, I was watching Youtube videos on how to do the next step.  Saved many thousands of dollars in labor. 
 
It reminds me of this story from earlier in the year, about a divorcee and her kids who used Youtube to build an entire house from the ground up. 
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mother-of-four-cara-brookins-builds-her-family-a-house-by-watching-youtube-tutorials/

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Big Garea Fan wrote: Google and Youtube are the DIY guy's best friends. I am not handy at all but am willing to give most repair jobs a shot to save some money. I figure worst case scenario is I don't fix it and then call in the experts. After I watched how easy some of the repairs are, I was actually pissed off that I had hired someone to do them in the past.

Exactly what I do as well.  I figure I have probably saved around $5K over the last 3 years.  I am not extremely handy but most jobs seem to be easy when you can follow along with experts.  Hanging new closet door is NOT for the record.  Had to call in an expert on that one.

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I know my limits and what I can do. I've dropped in a new kitchen sink, installed the faucets and garbage disposal on it. I"ve also put in new faucets in our bathroom double vanity. WIth one other person, tore down and built up a new deck last fall. Put in Hardwood floors all over the house 2 years ago. Big projects that I handed off to pros were New Roof, Windows and Exterior of the house. My remaining two projects this year will be putting hardwood in our bedroom and then tile in our bathroom and the hall bathroom. I"ll probably have someone do the tile, and then I might drop new toilets, but haven't decided since I worry about potential leak issues, and might just pay plumber to the two will be secured properly. Next year it'll be time for a new fence. I'll still use the existing posts, but just put up new slats. Not hard, but it'll take a while.

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Installing a new toilet is about as simple a job as it gets. Even before the Youtube era, I was comfortable doing that much. Save your money and do it yourself.

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Recently repaired my washer machine from what I learned by watching Youtube. In the past I would have been shopping for a new washer, but it was a simple repair. The piece cost about $3.00 on Amazon...got it a few days later, took about 20 minutes to fix and now it's working as good as new.

It could have been avoided if would have set the lid down instead of letting it fall down to close.



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Principal_Raditch wrote: ... I might drop new toilets, but haven't decided since I worry about potential leak issues, and might just pay plumber to the two will be secured properly...
My wife and I just installed a new toilet in our house and it was extremely easy - took less than an hour. If you are worried about reducing the risk of leaks, get a one-piece toilet (We bought a one-piece Glacier Bay toilet from Home Depot for less than $200). It eliminates the risk of a leak from the tank to the bowl. I think the only place that would risk leaking would be the water hose connection to the toilet.

Be sure to read the reviews for each of the toilets on various sites (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, etc). We originally planned to purchase an American Standard toilet (the one that advertises that it can flush dozens of golf balls, etc) but a lot of the reviews noted that there was a manufacturing defect near the handle which was causing the tank to crack. As a result, we went with the Glacier Bay. We have used it for about 3 months and no issues, no clogs.

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