Perhaps some of you wanted a pony when you were a little girl; I always wanted a parrot. At the risk of sounding like I am 108 years old, I will tell you I loved the show Baretta and wished I could have a cockatoo like Fred. My “Fred” came in the form of an African Grey Parrot named Chili. When I finished writing my cookbook and received payment from the publisher, I decided it was time to make my dream come true. I used part of my money to get the bird I have always wanted.
Chili is quirky, constantly has us laughing, talks up a storm mimicking all of our voices, but is quite the troublemaker. We home school and he loves to fly down to the table where the boys are working, steal their pencils, and chew the erasers. He does the perfect microwave noise that tricks us into thinking our food is done sooner than it actually is, and his latest antic? He broke the cooktop to my stove. I believe in leaving him fully flighted, but with this comes freedom. He recently discovered the top of the kitchen cabinets.
See the ceramic piece on the far right? It has a lid. A lid that fits perfectly in the beak of the bird. My husband asked why Chili would throw the lid off the edge of the cabinet and my only response was, “Because he can?” And boy did he. The lid landed on my cooktop and broke it.
I called a repairman and found the cost of the part and service call was close to the price of a new stove. My husband did some research and found a place online where we could purchase the part and install it ourselves. We ended up spending just over $400.00 for the part, it shipped within a week via UPS, and took my husband (and one of my sons) about 30 minutes to install.
The next time you have a need for a repairman, maybe you can fix it yourself and save money. Here are some websites to help you in your DIY adventure!
Repair Clinic: http://www.repairclinic.com/
Appliance Guru: http://www.applianceguru.com/
DoItYourself Applicances: http://www.doityourself.com/scat/householdelectric
Acme How To: http://www.acmehowto.com/
Or contact the manufacturer of your appliance and ask to buy parts. I’d love to hear your DIY stories!