Repair

Repair it, don’t waste it

Would you like to repair stuff rather than throwing it out?

Australia’s consumer affairs ministers have agreed to consider laws boosting people’s ability to repair their phones and other electronic goods, rather than send them to the dump. ABC News

But what about everyday stuff, for your everyday household repairs there are a few tools to throw in the tool box.

  1. Allan Key- Great to tighten, adjust and assemble flat pack items
  2. Adjustable Spanner- Ideal to tighten and adjust nuts and bolts and ensuring the BBQ gas bottle is nipped up tight for the post COVID-19 BBQ we will all be celebrating when the time is right.
  3. Jewelers Screw Drivers- No loose frames on your favourite eye-wear also useful when tackling a repair on your mobile phone, check out FixIt the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone.
  4. Assorted set of Phillips head and flat blade screw drivers- Forget about the butter knife, these are perfect to tighten that loose kitchen cupboard door knob or saucepan handles that you have been putting off.
  5. Superglue or equivalent-Repair the mug with the broken handle, just don’t stick your fingers together.
  6. Lubricate/Oil -Stop that squeaking door that’s been driving you mad.
  7. Hammer-Choose a hammer that is not too heavy for you to use, chances are you won’t be doing the big DIY or The Block, a light weight hammer could be all you need.
  8. Spirit Level- Nothing worse than going to the trouble of having your holiday snaps printed and framed, only to see them hanging lopsided on the wall or shelves with a distinctive slope.
  9. Assorted Screws and Nails- If you need an explanation here best google your local handy helper!
  10. Pliers -Great to pinch things together or hold onto those tricky little things
  11. Tape Measure- As they say measure twice cut once also if you are buying new furniture or storage, measure and make sure it fits in the car, door and room.
  12. Tool Box- You will need to store your tools somewhere, do not leave them spread across the kitchen bench, look around your home for a repurposed container that is easy to open, lift and carry.

For any bigger tools consider joining your local Tool Library, no need to buy tools when you can borrow.

Not sure where to start and U Tube DIY is not doing it for you, find a Repair Café near you and learn how to repair and stop throwing away perfectly (well almost) good stuff. For more tips to responsibly dispose of unwanted items check out Eco Organiser Useful Links

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