Before you begin, have bandages of several sizes handy, even if you are just repairing a teddy bear.

You will find your manual for the broken unit, but it’s for the model you owned eight years ago.

A YouTube video can help you learn the repair method. In fact, there will be 13 relevant videos, each with a different solution.

The tool you need for the job will be the only size you don’t have.

Your box of assorted nuts and bolts will have three of the perfect size combinations you need. You require four.

You will be pleased that the part you ordered was delivered in three days. But it will be the wrong one, and a replacement will entail three phone calls, two emails, and 17 days.

Your glue job will need 24 hours to cure, but the glue at the end of the tube will solidify in three minutes. Work fast.

If your first attempt at the repair makes it worse, you must include a sleep cycle between attempts. This can be a nap.

Remember the adage: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” This does not apply to home repair tasks.

You will confidently plug in the completed repair, then spend the next 45 minutes trying to figure out why it doesn’t work. Eventually, you remember the little safety switch hidden under the handle.

If you have to give up on the repair and decide to purchase a new item, the day after it arrives, you will discover your repair has actually worked.