A clear sign of our economic times, the Wall Street Journal recently published an article about the growing trend of folks who attempt home repairs before throwing out a broken appliance. The article cites notable increases in customer service calls for help with do-it-yourself home repairs, and increases in the sales of replacement parts.
We love that “fixing” is trend now, since we’re advocates for creative home repairs (you might recall our taped-up headphones, or the floss-mended sneakers). It also cools out the part of us that cringes at waste and the endless buying of more and more things.
But we also know that home fixes can be overwhelming, especially if its for an appliance that feels complicated and unfamiliar. Unconsumption, who pointed us to the WSJ article, included a link for ManualsOnline.com where you can download user manuals for over 300,000 appliances for free, along with where to buy parts. It’s often possible to keep something going for years with simply by replacing a part. For those of us who lost track of our manual for our sewing machine years ago, this site is a great resource.
We want more information for wanna-be fixers! From phone-lines, to manuals, to local fixing collectives, there’s always room for more. Where do you get your fixer’s fix?