Yes. You are right. I never let my household items go easily to the shops for repair. What is essential to repair a item is the tool. What I would do is this. If my tap is leaking, I may need a spanner. If I have it, it is alright. If I don't have it, I will buy a new spanner and repair the tab or replace the tap. Now I have the spanner available to me. It would cost me less than the repair cost. If the cooker handle is loose or broken, I would tighten it with a screw driver. If a suitable screw driver is not available, I would procure a new screw driver, use it for the purpose and save the screw driver. I have carried out many such repairs and saved money and stored tools. I take the things to workshop or call the technician home only when I am not aware of the technology of the item. I always keep M-seal with me which helps me to repair many of my household items. I also use M-seal to maintain my good old Padmini.
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