Glue It Back Together
If you broke something made of glass or plastic or similar you can try to stick it with bonding glue. Be careful that you do not stick your fingers together in the process and keep the product away from your eyes.
If the item was made of wood you could try using screws to secure the broken part or consider crafting a replacement part. Most wood glues when used with a clamp become stronger than the original wood.
Change the Broken Part
You may find lots of spare parts in classifieds. The arm of a chair, the lid of an important container, a nice shelf or drawer can all be changed and replaced to continue to use the item. You might find a seller who broke a different part of the item, making it unusable to him, but part you need is still good. You may salvage the working parts and throw away the rest.
You may be able to purchase a replacement part and fix it yourself. Appliances may also be salvaged and their life extended by a few years if you can replace screens, heating elements or small parts that have broken.
Recycle It into Something You Can Use:
- Make quilting squares or cleaning rags out of torn or stained clothing.
- Turn broken glass or dishes into colorful mosaics.
- Use drawers from broken furniture as under-the-bed storage.
Shop Garage Sales
Garage sales can help replace a broken item. Most homes use similar items. So the likelihood of finding a replacement that matches your set is better. The classifieds will also help you find all the local garage sales.
Get a Replacement
When all else fails, check your local classifieds for similar item. Cell phones and electronics are hard to repair and should just be changed out. Tools and outdoor power equipment can also be replaced cheaply through the classifieds.
It might also be time to upgrade the broken item for one with more features. For big items like appliances and exercise equipment, look for a better model from the same manufacturer. Or get the one you’ve always wanted.
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