Learn How to Mend & Repair Things
To learn how to mend & repair things, is a peaceful rebellion against our throwaway culture. If you know how to repair odd jobs around the house, you empower yourself, save money, can create skills to even start a local business, and also help to reduce waste. These books can show you how. Also see the post on how to mend your own clothes.
Coccoina Glue Stick is a nontoxic almond glue. Keep glue away from pets and children. Don’t buy tin version (brush has pig hair).
Repair Revolution is a book to transform throwaway culture. Let’s move on from a society that throws away millions of clothes, furniture, computers and appliances, because we don’t know how to fix things. This book chronicles the rise of volunteer repair cafes.
How to Repair Everything (the green guide to fixing stuff) is a book bursting with tips on how to say no to our disposable society. This handy guide includes quick fixes to more complicated jobs. From a sweater that’s shrunk in the wash to a broken umbrella spoke, if it’s safe to fix yourself, this book has the answer.
Mending with Love is a guide to extend the life of well-worn beloved pieces, using creative techniques. Learn how to apply embroidery, patching, darning and a little crochet to worn pieces of clothing or household linens. Instead of stowing or throwing away damaged pieces that hold happy memories, you can employ these beautiful and sustainable ideas, to ensure continued use. You’ll learn to:
- Repair both knitted & woven fabrics
- Work with flat & curved surfaces
- Artfully repair comfy well-made socks & gloves
- Make a statement, through creative patching
- Fill in holes with special techniques
- Use embroidery to visibly mend cat claw damage!
- Apply other technique to torn or stained clothes
Creative as well as practical, this book is both a source of fun and an eco statement. Instead of buying more stuff with less meaning, these methods let you hold on to the things that have a special place in your heart. Mending is now a popular and environmentally-friendly movement, around the world.
Help for Little Jobs Around the House
It’s always good to do things yourself. But what if you can’t hang wallpaper, change a plug or mend a squeaky fence? Many people are fortunate to have relatives or small businesses that are recommended on trust. But what about everyone else? Do you have to resort to big companies that you don’t know or be charged a fortune in call-out fees for small jobs?
Fortunately, there are some really good little businesses around, helped by innovative ideas. From social enterprises to online tasking, here are some ideas. These are not just good for those who need help, but also good for trustworthy handymen and handywomen to get involved in too. And having things mended and repaired is better for the planet and your pocket, than buying new. If you rent your home, check your lease as often repairs are covered.
- TaskRabbit is a site where you can help from thousands of vetted Taskers, to help with anything from cleaning to repairs to moving house. Popular projects are mending mending a running toilet, assembling furniture, lifting furniture upstairs, hanging pictures, painting and decorating and installing TVs. Taskers have to provide ID checks, and all taskers are reviewed online by users.
- Argonaut Community Enterprises (Birmingham) is one of a growing number of social enterprises, that offer services to vulnerable people in the community at affordable prices. Founded by two deaf people who worked in employment services, they wanted to help other people with disabilities find work. Other ones include The Leeds Handyman and Caring Hands Charity (Newcastle) that offers free services, apart from a small admin fee.
- Life Skills is a handy little guide to stuff you should really know by now. Books like this are really empowering, as it helps you do things and mend things independently, without having to rely on big box stores and others to repair things for you, and buy things when present items break down. It also makes life simpler! Some of the skills you’ll learn include how to sew on a button, change a tyre and more.
FixIts Sticks are made from bioplastics that soften with heat from boiled water or a hairdryer. They conform to European safety standards and hold over 16kg in weight to mend frayed cables, remade lost board game pieces, wobbly chairs, lost bike components like wheel puncture spoke lids, and broken zip tabs.
Do not fix on electrical wires that are plugged in or life, nor on electrical objects with more than these 60ºC/140ºF. Only fix wobbles on hard surfaces only put on carpet once hardened. Small plastic pieces are a choking hazard, keep away from pets and children.