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Four Things You Can Fix Without Calling A Repairman

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Four Things You Can Fix Without Calling A Repairman

Part of life is that things deteriorate and eventually break. This is true for just about anything (although my Toyotas sometime make me believe this may not be true).

Because most people’s homes have a large number of appliances and systems working together to make everything run smoothly, it may often feel like there is always something new breaking in your home. That is probably true. This can get incredibly expensive if a repairman or specialist is required every single time something goes wrong. You will have to pay for the time they drive to your house, parts, labor, and likely a few other expenses. It can be extremely frustrating when they fix the problem in ten seconds, yet leave you with a bill in the neighborhood of $100. Here are four things that, should they break in your home, you can probably handle yourself.

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Toilet

Sure, a toilet might sound like the most complicated thing on planet Earth, but once you take off the top and see how it works you come to realize that toilets are a great, but simple invention. Most of the parts that keep a toilet operating are standardized and cost just a few bucks to replace. A common issue is leaking toilets, and they are one of the easiest to repair. There is something called a flapper which essentially stops water from going into the toilet after a certain point. If the flapper is old and deteriorated then it will have issues.

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A flapper costs about $2 to purchase at Home Depot and takes about thirty seconds to install. A plumber may charge you upwards of $60 for that same repair. A flapper is just one example. There are a few things that can go wrong with a toilet, but most of them can be solved by watching a simple YouTube video.

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Garbage disposal

Garbage disposals may sound big and scary, but they are frequently quite easy to repair. All they are is a motor that spins- fairly simple. There are a few issues that can arise with them, but oftentimes it is just a simple button that needs to be pushed, or some gunk that needs to be cleaned out by hand. You can watch a quick guide for garbage disposal repair here.

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Hot water heater

Hot water heaters can be dangerous and should be treated as such. However, they also have a common issue that many people are unaware of. They have a pilot light that is a continual flame for the water heater to draw off of. If the pilot light goes out, the water heater will not work. Sure, you could call a specialist, but you could also light the pilot light yourself with a lighter. Some pilot lights today will even light with a simple turn of a knob. Here is a pretty good video of this.

Electricity out

Electricity can be extremely daunting to deal with. Fortunately there is a common issue that most houses go through at least a few times. Their breakers flip. If a breaker flips, it is usually due to a circuit (group of outlets) having too many items plugged in. The electricity will go out in part of your house leaving you thinking you may have to rewire your house. Oftentimes you can open a box in your house and simply flip the breaker back on. You will want to be careful to unplug a few things before doing so to make sure it doesn’t flip right back off, but it is often that easy. Don’t pay an electrician to come push one button in your home.

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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