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If you have ever tried to put together a piece of furniture that required numerous screws with just a screwdriver, you know how hard it can be on your wrist. It also takes forever. An electric screwdriver/drill, whether corded or cordless, will take the pressure off your joints and make you much, much faster.

1. Master an electric screwdriver

If you have ever tried to put together a piece of furniture that required numerous screws with just a screwdriver, you know how hard it can be on your wrist. It also takes forever. An electric screwdriver/drill, whether corded or cordless, will take the pressure off your joints and make you much, much faster.

2. Change your vehicle’s oil and oil filter.

Changing your own oil is a simple process. With a little practice, you should be able to get it done in half an hour, which will save you a lot of money. Yes, it is dirty and you do need a catch pan (buy one with a lid), but it is really easy.

3. Patch holes in drywall.

Your landlord will charge you way more for patching up holes in the drywall then it will cost you to do it yourself. All you need is a few tools and a patching compound to fill in the hole, and then a little paint that matches the surrounding area.

4. Sharpen your own knives.

Anyone who works with knives regularly will tell you that a dull knife is much more dangerous than a sharp one – a dull knife is unpredictable, requires more force to use and is more prone to slip and hit you instead of what you are cutting. Sharpening yourself is easy enough. You can use a kitchen steel (the long metal rod you see chef’s sliding their knives on) to realign the edge, or a sharpening stone or sharpening tool to create a new edge.

5. Repair your own bike.

Taking a class, watching videos online or even reading a book on repair can show you have to do most bike repairs yourself. You will definitely appreciate your bike more if you regularly tune it up because it will ride better. It will also be safer. And if you find yourself with a flat or other problem on the road, you will know what to do. 

6. Paint a room correctly.

A good interior paint job requires more than just a roller and a can of paint. You have to pay attention to the details to make sure you don’t get paint in the wrong places, wind up with a weird look, or make any other mistakes you will have to live with until you repaint the room again.

7. Learn to sew.

As long as you are going to be wearing clothes, sowing will always be a useful skill to have. You don’t have to be great at it, either. You just need to know how to use a needle and thread to combine two pieces of cloth to make minor repairs.

8. Working with electronics.

There are some pretty interesting DIY kits for building electronics out there now. You can create your own electronic tools for controlling your home, for instance. All you need is the right components, a soldering iron and a little skill you can learn from comic-book style instruction manuals.

 

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