What’s Your Money-Saving Home Repair Success Story?

MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: I was thinking about this as I was fixing a sliding screen door this past weekend that didn’t quite fit the track it was on. What has been your most triumphant home repair that saved you a good amount of money?

My washing machine failed on me a few years ago. It turned on, but just went clunkity-clunk. I took the whole thing apart and found that the plastic coupler that connected the motor and the wash tub had split in half. I brought the pieces to a local repair shop and found an identical coupler for about five bucks. When I put it all back together I wasn’t sure who felt more triumphant, me or my wife!

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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