How to Fix Everything For Dummies

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The fun and easy way to repair anything and everything around the house
For anyone who's ever been frustrated by repair shop rip-offs, this guide shows how to troubleshoot and fix a wide range of household appliances-lamps, vacuum cleaners, washers, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, blenders, radios, televisions, and even computers. Packed with step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, it's a must-have money-saver for ...

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Overview

The fun and easy way to repair anything and everything around the house
For anyone who's ever been frustrated by repair shop rip-offs, this guide shows how to troubleshoot and fix a wide range of household appliances-lamps, vacuum cleaners, washers, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, blenders, radios, televisions, and even computers. Packed with step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, it's a must-have money-saver for the half of all homeowners who undertake do-it-yourself projects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764572098
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/18/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 494,465
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Do-it-yourself experts Gary and Peg Hedstrom extensivelyremodeled six houses and built two from scratch, doing all the workthemselves. A retired diesel mechanic, Gary describes himself as ajack-of-all-trades who’s happiest taking things apart to seehow they’re built and putting them back together. He hatessitting still and willingly shares his knowledge with others sothey can fix things themselves. Peg liked to get her hands“dirty,” as she puts it, fixing appliances anddiscarded televisions long before she met Gary. So she willinglytackled everything else once she and Gary started working on homes.Her favorite pastime, however, is restoring wood and old, damagedfurniture, as well as doing the finishing touches in a home.Lifelong Michigan residents, the couple has homes in Grand Rapidsand Florida.

Judy Ondrla Tremore, a veteran reporter and businesswriter, wrote two books and co-authored another before writingHow to Fix Everything For Dummies. Her articles and storieshave appeared in The Grand Rapids Press, Cadence (where shewas managing editor), Legal Assistant Today, Grand RapidsBusiness Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine, Cosmopolitan Home, OurChildren, Applause, and several other Michigan and Illinoispublications. She was the Grand Rapids editor of MetropolitanWoman. Among her favorite articles were those pertaining tohome improvement and design and restoration projects, because theydovetail with her deep interest in architecture and homes. She grewup in the Chicago area and has lived in Michigan for more than 30years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Gearing Up to Fix Everything.

Chapter 1: If Your Broken Stuff Needs Repair.

Chapter 2: Tackling Basic Tools and Equipment.

Part II: Repairing Your Home’s Interior.

Chapter 3: Taking the Creaks, Cracks, and Holes Out of Floors,Stairs, and Basements.

Chapter 4: Conquering Door and Window Headaches.

Chapter 5: Closing In on Walls and Ceilings.

Chapter 6: Tending to Cabinet, Closet, and CountertopGlitches.

Part III: Conquering Simple Electrical, Air, and PlumbingRepairs.

Chapter 7: Don’t Blow Your Fuse: Minor ElectricalRepairs.

Chapter 8: Handling Your Heating, Cooling, and Air QualitySystems.

Chapter 9: Sailing Through the Waterworks: Plumbing Repairs.

Part IV: Keeping Your Stuff in Good Shape.

Chapter 10: Looming Large Over Major Appliances.

Chapter 11: Getting Small Appliances to Work.

Chapter 12: Fine-Tuning Communication Equipment.

Chapter 13: Rescuing Your Favorite Furnishings.

Part V: Working Outside Your House.

Chapter 14: Sprucing Up Your Home’s Exterior.

Chapter 15: Improving Your Outdoor Leisure Areas.

Chapter 16: Repairing, Patching, and Sealing Concrete andAsphalt.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Repairs You Should Leave to theProfessionals.

Chapter 18: Ten (Okay, Twelve) Tips for Hiring a RepairSpecialist (When All Else Fails).

Index.

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