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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Neighbourly Help at Hand for Leaking Taps

Hello Those With and Without DIY Talent,

We've never had to change a washer on a tap before EVER as we have never owned our own home or lived anywhere long enough to have to. But this has changed. We purchased our home in 2007 and smaller things here and there are starting to need repairs.

Last weekend out of the blue our shower was trickling. Not just dripping but actually running a trickle that was filling a bucket within 5 minutes and our kitchen sink was dripping too. It was Sunday. We didn't have the knowledge, tools and confidence to fix it ourselves. Plumbers are expensive just for the call out in our city due to the lack of tradies and on a Sunday - doubly more...  So after having a major stress about it, we decided to ask our neighbour Handy D if he knew how to fix leaking taps. It was our lucky day!!! He was home, knew how to fix the problem and had the tools for the job.

Handy D fixing our shower taps.

So over he came, turned off the water to all the flats, fixed our problems while we watched and learnt. It took him 30 minutes all up. We were thrilled and are now armed with the know how for next time. We gifted him $50 for using up his precious time. He was happy, we were happy... Win-Win all round as we now have the know how too.

Do your neighbours have skills they can share and teach you?

Happy DIYing,

Stephanie @ Frugal Down Under.

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