When “Honey, Do” Becomes “Honey, I’ll Do it Myself”



On more than one occasion, I have read posts on the ROW Facebook page about things breaking or going wrong while the poster’s husband is on a hitch. Each time, I would shake my head and say, “Wow. That sucks.” Well, I’m sure many of you have seen my recent post on the FB site; both of our toilets crapped (heh) out a few days ago. Thanks to a very helpful gentleman at my local Lowe’s, I managed to completely repair the toilet in the master bath. It took me a little longer than it should because I would confuse myself (not hard to do) but, when I was finished, I felt pretty awesome. Sadly, we will be calling a plumber for our spare bathroom. After taking the toilet up, snaking the drain, and putting in a new wax seal, that toilet is still out of commission. (I have a whole new respect for plumbers!)

My experience set me to thinking: What else have I been waiting on Hubby to get around to fixing that I could do myself? How can I learn more about tools and different techniques? I did some research and found some books written by women, for women. Check them out!(All of the books listed here are available in the Real Oilfield Wives Amazon.com store. Trying to save money? Check with your local library!)

Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas0-Tenet- I have checked this book out on occasion from the local library and found it very informative and easy to read. I must admit, my favorite part of the book is the cover. I’ve always loved Rosie the Riveter!

Chix Can Fix: 100 Home-Improvement Projects and True Tales from the Diva of Do-It-Yourself by Norma Vally- The wide range of topics in this book are great. I plan to buy this one for myself since it is listed at such a great price!

Dare to Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet- Ladies, our homes aren’t the only thing that can break down while Hubby is gone. That’s why I decided to include this book. How many of you don’t know how to change a tire or jump start a battery? This book explains the basics to keep your car running smoothly. There are also driving tips included which would make this a great gift if you have a new driver in the house!

Want to get your hands dirty while learning about home improvement? Check to see if your local hardware store offers classes. If you have a Home Depot or Lowe’s in your area, contact the store closest to you to get a schedule.

Do you have a home improvement book or resource you would like to recommend? Comment below or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie.






About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!


  1. After years of struggling with a toilet that wouldn’t stay fixed, we did all the things you’ve done to your spare, then called the plumber. He pulled it, then left when I didn’t want to buy a new toilet from him. I dragged it out on the FRONT porch and kept snaking it until a small blue toddler toothbrush was dragged out. My son was 12 at this point. Years! Then I dragged the toilet back, put on a new seal and re-set it. Never had another problem after that!

    • Way to go, Cindy! Thankfully, after I had written the post, my dad called and thinks he might have a solution. After working at Lowe’s for 20 years, he has a lot of contractor and plumber friends. I just can’t see paying a plumber for what we can fix ourselves!

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