Within the past week both my step-father and my brother-in-law fixed broken appliances on their own. In normal times, I’m betting they would have called up a repairman to take care of it. But these days, money is shorter than time. Luckily, there are many online resources that make DIY work a cinch.
Fixya.com is a site that provides tech support, manuals and trouble shooting for half a million products. You can ask a question, browse recent questions, or search by brand. It helps to have the model number. Answers are provided online via chats or message posting. One user paid a repairman $142.30 to fix a fridge problem that my brother-in-law took care of himself for the cost of the part, $35.
ReliableParts.com has been supplying parts for appliances and BBQs since 1933. They sell parts online and have stores in seven states (CA, OR, WA, UT, NV, AZ and HI). Store credit is offered for unused parts returned with 45 days.
For more than appliance repair advice, RefDesk.com has a long list of sites that offer DIY help on everything from brewing your own beer to making candles and wood working.
BeJane.com has home improvement tips and projects aimed at women, however the site seems to be broken at the moment.