I live in an Old mobile home. I am a 53 year old female, single and some what mechanical. I have a very limited (low) budget.

The walls, inside and out, are coming apart and the cracks are getting wider. The cold is coming thru and the floor is separating.

Things that need attention; roof, walls, wiring, floors. Everything from A to Z, but all that requires money I don't have at moment.

What, if any, are little things I can do to hold it together until I can do better. I have basic tools and can do some things myself.

All suggestions appreciated.

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Post an add on craigslist in the barter section, just ask if if there are any kind souls who may have time to assist you in doing some upkeep.

There are people in the world that are kind and willing to help. I see posts on craigslist occasionally from folks offering to help the more money challenged of us.

Since money is tight is there anything such as skills, talents, things or space you can offer in trade to a handyman?

Maybe reach out to local civic groups or church's.

Your question is very broad and we can not really give specific advise on each thing with out a very detailed description of the problem. If you have questions about specific issues you can post about each of them to ask if it is something you can do yourself with a minimal investment of materials.


The "little things" are chapters of learning

Generally, success in crafts like this relies on 3 ingredients:

  • Learning how to do it.
  • The audacity to overcome self-doubt
  • An extra dose of learning to get it right.

So you shouldn't miss an opportunity to learn more about the crafts you need to save your home. The point is, become a person who creates. And whatever else wastes your time, dump it. Get rid of cable TV for instance, it's a high expense and drains your brain. You're better off watching Youtube videos of people who do it successfully.

In fact, this one makes a pretty good argument that anyone can, and that certainly applies to all humans. I cued it up at 7:40, but you can rewind or play parts 1 and 2 or Brooke's video on the build.

Never stop learning. Never get frustrated and quit. Know that human beings are meant to be able to be self-sufficient. That's why we have the ability to learn. So use it! It is a gift.

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