By Gil Johnson

Gil in his shop

It never fails. Just when you think everything in your home is running smoothly, a light bulb goes dim. Or maybe the troublesome bathroom faucet has started dripping again. 

Before losing vision, you may not have thought twice about performing these home repairs yourself. But with the onset of vision loss, such tasks may seem harder and less safe. It’s natural to feel unsure about doing these repairs yourself, but many people who are blind or low vision regularly complete such tasks safely and successfully, often without any assistance or special training. What’s required are some basic skills and the right tools, backed up by good measures of self-confidence and persistence.

Check my home repair articles to find out what tools to use and how to such things as changing a lightbulb, fixing your toilet, or resetting a circuit breaker.

Take things a step at a time and before long you’ll be ready to tackle many of the most common household repair jobs. Remember, even if you ultimately turn a repair job over to someone else, it’s always better to know about what should be done and how to go about it. That knowledge puts you in charge.