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Instant Skills: 10 Emergency Household Fix-It Videos

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Instant Skills: 10 Emergency Household Fix-It Videos

Sometimes it is just better to get things done yourself. There are a couple of undeniable benefits gained when you avoid reaching for the phone every time a minor household fix-it project crops up. For one, it saves you money. Minor plumbing or repairs can cost you a pretty penny, especially if you do not have any prior knowledge to identify scams.

A second benefit that can pay off in spades is having the knowledge to fix it yourself! Sure, it may take longer the first time, but if it happens again (or to a neighbor), you will know what to do.

Here are ten fix-it videos anyone living under a roof needs to watch.

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Got a clogged toilet? Don’t just go in blind with a plunger. Know what you are doing first.

This is for toilets with a different problem: if they are overflowing, watch and take notes.

If you have a water heater with a pilot light, there may come a day when it goes out. Don’t settle on cold showers.

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This past winter was among the coldest on record. If you had a frozen pipe burst open, you will appreciate this video.

Two words: kitchen fire. Yellow suits not necessary.

Accidents happen. If a window gets broken, watch this video to learn how to replace it yourself.

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The video above isn’t specific to homeowners or renters — it’s essential for anyone who has a car (or a friend with one) during those unfortunate dead-battery moments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7e2bIfP8Us

Unwanted faucet dripping isn’t just annoying, it can run up your water bill if it gets too bad.

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Water and carpets make a bad combination due to mold. You don’t want any fungi growing if you have a minor leak that soaks your floor.

This last one is also a car-related fix-it video that you hopefully will not need anytime soon. But if you do have a flat tire, won’t you be glad you watched it?

Get more awesome videos here.

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Featured photo credit: State Farm via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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