Yes, I can do all that and more. I believe anyone who owns a house should educate themselves about the mechanical systems in their home and equip themselves to do at least basic and emergency repairs. Professionally, I am a licensed electrician but I also had my ex-boyfriend (who was a certified building contractor and expert old house renovator) teach me to do such things as drywall, flooring, HVAC duct extensions and al types of plumbing (including fitting and sweating copper pipe and installing PVC drain and vent lines.) You can buy all of the required tools for doing your own plumbing for under $100. I bought two good illustrated books on the Code requirements and techniques of plumbing and completely rearranged and re-piped my last house and part of my newest one. I do know an excellent Master Plumber now who I gladly pay to do most major jobs around my house now (I really only did the work on my last house myself because I lived in an area where building was booming so much at the time I could not get a plumber to schedule the work on my house) but at least I know I can take care of any crisis that comes up before I can reach him. I keep several of the new compression fittings in case of emergency leaks.
I too am puzzled why people who are normally informed and mechanically competent about things like car maintenance (men), sewing and dressmaking (women) and computers and electronic devices (both genders) are so willfully ignorant about the homes they live in. I think everyone should know the following, at the very least:
- where the electrical service panel is and how to operate circuit breakers or change fuses
- where the shutoff valves are for ALL the sinks and appliance hookups in the house and how to turn them on and off
- how to correctly set or program your thermostat and how and when to change the filters on your forced air furnace or bleed the system if it is hot water
- how to clear a clogged sink drain or trap
- how to replace the washers or gaskets in any taps
- how to repair the insides of the toilet flush mechanism
- how to remove an old toilet and reinstall a new one
- when and how to replace water feed hoses to taps and appliances
If everybody would take the time to learn these simple tasks, there would be millions of dollars saved in costly emergency repairs, wasted water and energy and much damage to homes could be prevented.