There are very few people who can fix your car, toaster, or your washer and even if they can they often can’t tell you what they did to fix it so when I told my husband that our toaster oven was broken and he knows how much I love toast he was quickly on the case but he was concerned it could not be repaired. Our toaster cost us around $29.99 it was not a convection toaster although if he could not have repaired it I was going to get one of those next but in reality about 15 to 20 minutes of him working on the toaster saved us approximately $30.00 and our time to go get a new toaster and figure out which one we wanted whether we did this online or whether we went to a store in town.
The good news was that all he had to do was clean the contacts on the timer switch and sand them down and re-connect everything although he does say that if you are going to attempt doing your own repairs you need to make sure you have unplugged the appliance and you may even want to take pictures of how everything is connected (that’s my advice I use this with computer repair work sometimes) because he says there is a risk of not connecting everything back together properly. If cleaning this contact had not worked his Plan B was to order a new contact hoping that would be less expensive than buying a new toaster oven although these days that is a crap shoot since everything is made to be disposable.
My husband “The Viking In My Life” came from a family where they either all have a trade or they are all mechanically inclined…my husband became the HVAC guy but his talents just don’t stop there he has amazing innovative ideas to make life easier, his next youngest brother is a car person and also makes art out of metal and his youngest brother is a carpenter and a musician although they all have tons of interests and hobbies I am mentioning only a few. They are all mechanically gifted in one way or another they were also born to parents who also were highly skilled in different trades and I have to say I have enjoyed being the wife of someone who has mechanical talent it has come in very handy.
The only time I have ever gone without air conditioning was our first day we moved into our very first home and he came home with a window ac unit after the first night of miserable sleep and we used that window unit until we saved up enough money for him to install our central HVAC system.
If your toaster stops working do you just go out and buy a new one or do you fix it? Have you tried doing your own appliance repair with any luck? I would love to hear your stories! Pinterest has a lot of links for repair information I know I for one would definitely look there if I was trying to fix something on our own or of course I would go to YouTube as well.
Also as you know I am a member of The Homestead Bloggers Network and today is the link up party for “Thrifty Thursday”!
Have a great day everyone!
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