Fix It or Throw It Away? DIY or Bring in the Pros?

I hate it when something breaks and takes me off of one of my renovation projects, but my DIY experience and the availability of parts and information I can find on the internet gives me confidence to fix it myself. Other than the great Keurig coffee maker repair failure, I've been pretty successful in DIY repairs around the house. How about you?
The ever running toilet valve! No plumber service call!
I rewired a lamp, saving it from the landfill! No $40+ replacement!
Irrigation system valve repair. No technician visit!
The washing machine drum that fell down and broke the pistons. No appliance repair tech visit!
Replacing the auxiliary audio jack in my truck. No dealership! I saved about $85 to DIY!

John @ AZ DIY Guy
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  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 05, 2014
    thank you for the referral to repair clinic... found 6001 tips to clean a smelly washer,but just needed the right person to steer me to a helpful site! that's why i LOVE hometalk!
  • Tracy Norr Tracy Norr on Aug 18, 2015
    I absolutely LOVE youtube videos to help me repair stuff around my house. I've replaced the gear drive and the lid closing switch on my washer! Plus fixed a drain problem with my dishwasher and several other DIY repairs.
    • John @ AZ DIY Guy John @ AZ DIY Guy on Aug 18, 2015
      @Tracy Norr I enjoy thee videos too! I just don't enjoy making them as much as I do writing. I pretty much stick with blogging. That looks like a big job you just did. Congratulations on success!