Do It Yourself & The Prepper Lifestyle
Saving headache, time and money, DIY (do it yourself) boon or disaster? Necessity is of course the mother of invention and never more so than when you’re home alone and something breaks. The ensuing crisis can escalate into a full scale disaster in a matter of moments or be a long drawn out aggravation waiting for repair. To top it off the economics of calling someone else in can create its own disaster in your budget and privacy, two very important items in living prepared. Then again we all have a story about how we or another close to us was going to fix that and save a ton, except that….yep in the long run it cost double or more to repair the repair. So as preppers what do we do? Living on a single income or a reduced one often stops us from calling the repairman, it’s just not in the budget but that faucet is leaking and it’s the hot water to boot, or the toilet keeps running, the blinds need to be hung, that hole in the drywall is growing daily (sure wish I hadn’t pushed the corner of the table into it), life moves on and things happen, they break down or we break them.
Realizing that a prepared life creates peace and power the desire to embrace the Do It Yourself mantra is a natural. But how to do so without significant trial and error is the question. There is no question that a leaky faucet needs to be repaired, if it’s the hot water the fix needs to be immediate. You don’t want to have to wait on a repairman that’s booked up till next week, and it’s pretty plain that there isn’t money in the budget either. Not fixing that leak will cost not only a non-renewable resource, WATER, but the electric bill will increase as well as the water bill if you are on a water system. (Otherwise you pay more for the pump for your well running continuously.) According to energy efficiency sources one drip per second will cost $4.85 for electric heaters or $2.90 for gas heaters per month. The EPA tells us fixing a shower head that drips 10 times in a minute will save as much water as it would take to wash 60 loads of dishes in most dishwashers. And according to the USGS, if one faucet drips at a rate of 60 drips per minute, in a year that’s the equivalent of taking 41 baths per year. If 10 homes in your neighborhood have one faucet leaking 60 drips per minute in a year that’s about 416 baths. It’s a no brainer that you need to become the repairman or woman and figure out how to fix a leaky faucet.”
Those who prepare just don’t automatically know everything, just like anyone else we have to learn. Once the DIY skill is acquired the benefits are immediate, the repair is made, (no drip drip drip) the sound of the leak or the money going down the drain, and even more importantly the sense of self- worth, self- sufficiency and independence achieved creates that peace and power we all strive for.
Experience is of course the best teacher, so if you’ve a friend that can help show you the ropes by all means call them and return the favor by sharing a skill you have. Perhaps you are fortunate enough to in the country or off grid already, don’t throw up your hands, books, articles and the internet to the rescue. Increasing your personal library of How To resources is always a plus. And if you already have a MAG (Mutual Assistance Group) or an informal prepper family your library of Do It Yourself is a community asset.
In reality Do It Yourself is the prepper mantra a prepper is a Do It DIYer. When the SHTF whether it be major or minor your ability to Do It Yourself will save you and others in countless ways.
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