When I was in college, I worked at a hardware store. They really didn't want to hire me because I was a girl. (I know!!) I came in every day to see if someone had been hired and finally got hired he said I wore him down! So I learned many things like how to repair a screen, how to cut glass, how to mix paint, how to cut keys, and how to cut and thread pipe. Yes there were many jokes from the plumbers as a little 5'1" girl took them to the basement to cut the pipe on a large threading machine. From stocking shelves I learned about elbows, "T" fittings, male and female threads, (yes more jokes), valves, pvc pipe, black pipe and copper pipe and the correct applications for each. Luckily I did know a few things that surprised my employer because of a woodworking class I took in high school, so when it came to power tools and the difference between a wood screw and a machine screw I had a leg up.
So when I became a homeowner at 24, I was not afraid to try some repairs and improvements. I have installed a ceiling fan, stripped and finished a hardwood floor, repaired toilets, rerouted a gas pipeline to relocate a dryer, (that one blew my Father in Law away!), and repaired that same old dryer. I did find out that I am very bad at painting, so I don't do that anymore!
I don't always know how to get a job done, but it is easy to find out! A website called repairclinic.com is a great resource. I recently thought I needed a new dishwasher and also my icemaker and water dispenser were not working on my refrigerator. I visited this site, diagnosed the problem, ordered the parts, and yes, fixed them all! $$$ SAVINGS!
So if you are going to be a do-it-yourselfer, you need to have a few supplies and follow a few basic rules.First, the right tool for the right job! A Promotional Tool Kit , is a great way to get the basic tools that you need. Second, safety first! Remember to turn off the electricity, shut off the water or gas, look for underground wires and pipes when digging in the yard, and wear safety glasses.
The most important tip of all is work while the hardware store is open! You will most certainly need to go on a hardware store run!