Why do-it-yourself repairs can be worth your while


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If something you own breaks, do you throw it out and buy another? If you do, you’re not alone.

But sometimes trying to repair items yourself can be worth the effort.

Do-it-yourself experts tell KOIN 6 News it isn’t hard to fix things, even if you’re not the handy type. Whether it’s your lawnmower or your cell phone cord, you can make repairs yourself to save money and help the environment.

Not everyone enjoys mowing their lawn. Dirt, grass and debris can dull your mower’s blade quickly, making it even more of a chore and leaving you with a raggedy lawn.

That’s why people like Mike Brickley suggest cleaning and sharpening your mower’s blade yourself. It can save you time, gas and the cost of taking it to a shop.

You can also give a little love to your leaky garden house, instead of tossing it out, by replacing the washer. If you can’t do that, cut off the end of the hose, put a new fitting on and you’re back in business.

Have a broken cell phone cord? Sugru is a moldable glue that turns into rubber and stays flexible. Some fix-it experts put it on new cords for protection.

Portland offers free repairs throughout the year.

In Marion County, you can learn about Waste Reduction and Recycling and sign up through Repair Fair & Share.

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