I’m not really a DIY kind of guy. My excuse is that I’m busy and I should concentrate on what I do professionally and let the repair people do their thing. However, now that I’m preparing to go it alone and leave my day gig, I will have to pick up some DIY skills. There is so much information on the internet these days and you can find a ton of DIY instructions online. Today, I bring you another tale from my DIY adventure.
About 10 days ago, Mrs. RB40 broke the microwave handle as she was opening the door. The plastic part that the screw goes into broke clean off. This is probably not a rare thing because I was able to find a picture on the internet pretty easily. (I forgot to take a picture…) 5 years ago I would have called a repair man and let him deal with it, but now my goal is to be a DIY guy, so I figured I’d see if I could fix it myself. After all, I already fixed one microwave last year when the door switch went bad.
So I went to the appliancepartspros.com to see if they sold a handle. Yes, they did, but it cost $74 after shipping is added. I’m thinking this is ridiculous. This piece of crap plastic is going to cost me $74! So I put it off for a few days. Yesterday, I finally took the door apart to make sure I could get the handle off first before I ordered a new one. I thought taking the door apart will be difficult because I couldn’t find any screws, but it turned out to be pretty easy. Check out this video.
After I got the handle off, I had an AHA! moment. There were two screw hole posts on the top side of the handle. One broke clean off, but the other one was intact. The door only has one hole so what I needed to do was to drill a hole through the sheet metal and I’d be set. So that’s what I did. I went off to Home Depot and purchased a titanium drill and a center punch. After that, it was history. I’m sure if I call a repair guy, this would have cost at least $150. The last time I called them, they wanted $100 just to figure out what’s wrong with it. (This was the switch problem where the microwave was not heating up at all.)
So it turned out very well this time. I spent $10 on tools instead of $150. You never know where DIY will take you. I’ll try to do more DIY projects and continue to build my Mr. Fix It skills. Guys, it really impresses the Mrs. so it’s well worth doing it yourself. 😉
Next project: replace our reluctant to flush toilets. Do you have any DIY projects lined up? It felt great to fix this one without having to shell out for a replacement part.
Disclaimer: Repairing the microwave can cause leakage so if you are unsure, it’s best to bite the bullet and call a professional.