Tuen's Blog

Infrequent diary of a procrastinator

Tuen the Plumber

Written By: admin - Aug• 24•07

The dripping faucet in our bedroom got worse today, and even with the tap fully closed, the faucet was dripping pretty badly. I decided I had to fix it today. I had already bought the jumper valve about a week ago, but didn’t get around to fixing it. The problem was, I wasn’t quite sure how to fix it. So I decided to pop by at Bunnings to ask one of the plumbers there for advice. I’ve found the staff at Bunnings to be extremely helpful (most of them anyway) and the plumber I spoke to, Norm, especially so. Months back he had given me advice on how to install my rainwater tank on my own, and that saved me quite a bit of money. As anticpated, he gave me a quick course on plumbing and I came back to put my knowledge into practice. I’m happy to say that the operation was a success and the dripping faucet is now fixed.
Back in Singapore, most people do not DIY their home repairs, either because they don’t know how, or because it’s not too expensive to call in a plumber or handyman to get work done. Here in Australia, calling in a handyman can be very expensive, so most Australians do minor repairs on their own. Hence the DIY industry in Australia is huge compared to Singapore.

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