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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Learning New Skills

by Chiot's Run

Mr Chiots and I have been trying to learn new skills to be able to do more things for ourselves, and to save money. Earlier this winter, our car needed new rotors and brake pads. Instead of taking it to the dealer or the local repair shop to get new ones Mr Chiots did the task himself, saving us a bundle. Not only did we save several hundred dollars in installation charges, we also purchased and installed really high quality pads & rotors that will last much longer than the usual ones that are put on.



He found a great resource on-line with a wonderful "how-to" guide and was able to put the new pads & rotors on in a few hours.



It was such a success, he helped a friend change his a few weeks later. Learning these skills not only saves money but it's a way to learn new skills and become a little more independent from the shopping cycle. We won't be doing all of our auto work, but any that we can do we will.

Have you learned any new skills recently?

14 comments:

Val said...

I will be learning how to install vinyl floors this weekend!

Julze said...

That is WONDERFUL! I have learned a lot about bike maintenance in the same way. It saves so much money!

Have a great day.

Fleecenik Farm said...

I have learned how to actually make something useful with my sewing machine!

My husband does most of the repairs on our cars. He saves us a lot of money.

The more we can do for ourselves the mor mney we save:)

msbetterhome said...

I've learned how to do water-bath canning/bottling in the last few months. I made a batch of relish on the weekend, & realised I'm no longer checking and re-checking the instructions...I actually know what I'm doing now :)

megan/mason said...

Our biggest new project this year is that we're going to try to grow everything from seed. It's a skill that could save us hundreds--and even be profitable someday if our plants are healthy enough to barter or sell.

We're ordering a heating mat and buying fluorescent lights to set up in an extra bedroom. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on and have my fingers crossed that we'll be able to make it work. We did pre-order some back up tomato plants, just in case...

claudia said...

I have always worked on my own cars as much as possible. Everyone used to ask me why...well, the reason for me to begin with was a question of money. Now I can just say I am with it and want to cut out un-necessary middle man types of things. The more I do for myself the better. I am slowly teaching my daughters to do the same.

~Molly~ said...

I learned how to Tunisian crochet this weekend!! It will come in handy to make thicker afghans for us to use next winter(I'm rather slow at it still).

Molly

Anne M. said...

Last April my husband and son finally learned the trick with changing the tire from rim to rim without a machine. We were all so proud!

It's something we've tried over the years but just couldn't figure it out. We secretly thought that those who could do it were "tire whispers" LOL

The trick? one side is oh-so-slightly larger than the other and you have to go in at an angle -- oh and oil is the best for lubricant =)

Donna Kallner said...

My husband, with help from a friend, installed the electrical service, all the plumbing and hydronic heat in our house although he'd never done anything like that before. We've also been learning lots of container gardening tricks for extending the growing season in northern Wisconsin.

Rachel B. said...

I'm learning how to do basic car mainance as a part of my new year res. So far so good.

Tree Huggin Momma said...

Growing up my Dad and I did all the repairs on our Chevy vehicles, but when I moved out he stopped doing a lot of the repairs himself (time issues) and I just don't know how to do all the stuff on my own. I have considered looking for auto repair for dummies book, so I can relearn to do some of it myself. Unfortunately to keep brakes maintained I will have to find someone to turn them, and few places do that anymore.

Hopewell said...

I wonder how hard it is to replace an ignition coil and what tools you need?? hmmmmmmmm

Mia @ agoodhuman said...

My husband is super handy when it comes to fixing things. I don't know that there is much that breaks in our household that he can't fix with the right tools.

This year we've started to invest in more tools as we see them as a good investment for the future.

My new skills are learning to preserve food and crochet. They are both new hobbies that I'm really enjoying. Who'd have thought it!

Anonymous said...

Would you be able to share or link to the "great resource on-line with a wonderful "how-to" guide"? I can't tell the good from the bad!
Thank you.