Get Handy Household Tips from MrsFixit

Jan 15, 2009
Updated • Dec 13, 2012

I confess that I’m not particularly adept when it comes to working with hardware. I can work with nuts and bolts and have even built my own switchboards but I’m always looking to upgrade my skills. Besides, as most people know, getting people to come and fix things can turn out to be a very expensive affair most of the time.

That’s why I love MrsFixit. The brainchild of a woman who decided she’d had enough of paying for fixing things and rolled up her sleeves to do things herself. After sharing her tips with her friends, she put them online to share with other people, especially women.

MrsFixit is full of do-it-yourself solutions for getting things done around the home. From female oriented subjects like alternative uses for common substances and kitchen tips to installing a lighting system or a guide to plumbing, the site ahs tips on pretty much everything, including working outdoors.

The instructions on MrsFixit are fairly easy to follow. Every project includes a note on the tools you need for the task as well as detailed stepwise instructions on how to go about the job. The site also has its own newsletter, and a store to let you make purchases where you can often get discounts on products. In addition, MrsFixit has her own show, which is broadcast all over the USA.

Although the site is primarily aimed at the female gender, these tips are handy for just about anyone. I don’t know many guys who can install a toilet bowl and I’m the kind of person who believes that everyone should know how to do basic repairs irrespective of their gender.

What do you think of the tips on MrsFixit? Have you tried any of them out? Do you know of any similar sites? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. Audrey said on October 8, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Love Mrs. FIXIT – great projects, easy to follow instructions, solving problems I actually have!

  2. Travel Blogger said on January 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Great stuff Cheryl! :)

  3. Jojo said on January 15, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    There are many such sites on the net.

    This post brings to mind this snippet:

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    –Robert A. Heinlein (found in the “Intermissions” of Time Enough for Love, and in the separately published Notebooks of Lazarus Long)

  4. Duane said on January 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Truthfully after spending 2 minutes on the site I wonder if they paid you for the placement. The content might be good, but I couldn’t find it due to the nightmarish design. Seriously, that’s one of the worst sites I’ve seen in years. Yikes.

  5. Paul. said on January 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Great tip Cheryl. It’s a bit a of shame that the site is very, U.S.A. orientated. But stil great website.

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