Who has not seen in American films, ordinary people venturing to do home repairs. People should and can stimulate their ability to learn to do things beyond what traditionally think they know. You can become a hobby: making or repairing something yourself instead of buying or paying for a professional job. Back in the 70 years this idea of "DIY" gained momentum when a wave of people began to reject the consumption exacerbated.
I make a suggestion: make loose electrician courses, painting, carpentry, etc., at every opportunity. At the end of the year you will account for a good profit of economy and will still have some fun. Until you feel a certain pride or vanity and exclaim to himself: it was I who did.
I have had success in some domestic enterprises. Do not spend five years ago with paint. That I let all the walls in order twice a year. They are always shiny and clean throughout the year. Do some hydraulic services, even installing electric shower (I have extra caution and advise those who do this type of repair.) I''m not still with carpentry skills, but lack of space and a place (like garage) to be designed as a workshop. However, already built a shoe and a ladder (great by the way) that served up to the neighbors who came to borrow. She was damaged just because a neighbor left her in the open, taking rain, sun and serene. Rotted.
Doing housework has yielded to the creation of a franchise here in Brazil: Doctor Makes Everything. And some are already coming up in the style of Pereirão (overall female character from the novel).
Well it is going. Trying to be creative and have the skills and begin immediately to do their own repairs.