Hear me perform minor household repairs!
My current interwebs connection consists of a lonnnnnnng ethernet cable running up out of the wall, through the attic and over into the other side of the house, where it connects to my godmother's modem. It works well, except that my cat got hold of one end of the cable and started chewing holes in it (cf. two of the four cell phone chargers I've owned). Add to this that the tab came off the little plastic plug, and suddenly my connectivity went from "fast and reliable" to "looks a mess, and I keep having to hold the plug into the jack when I want a consistent signal". So I thought to myself, "Self," I thought, "perhaps there's something you can do."
A quick trip to Google said there was: A little snipping, a little stripping, a fistful of electrical tape, and all would be well. I had a couple ethernet cables I wasn't using, and they were a little too short to be of much use anywhere else, so I cut the end off one of them, cut off the damaged part of the main cord, spliced those suckers together and BAM! Interwebs! And I think it's even a tad faster than before, probably because I don't have to hold the ruddy plug in while I surf.
I'm quite proud of myself.