How to Fix Everything For Dummies book cover

How to Fix Everything For Dummies

Authors:
Gary Hedstrom ,
Peg Hedstrom ,
Judy Ondrla Tremore
Published: April 29, 2005

Overview

If I had a hammer: The fun and easy way for do-it-yourselfers to repair home appliances and furniture 

For anyone who's ever been frustrated by a repair shop rip-off or just wanted to join thousands of others in the DIY craze, How to Fix Everything For Dummies is a no-nonsense guide showing you how to troubleshoot and fix a wide range of furniture (with wobbly legs, for example) and household appliances — vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, toasters, blenders, radios, televisions, and even computers and printers.  

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 (DIY) home projects. This hands-on, DIY manual shows you not only how to fix faulty appliances but also tend to all those irritating repairs that cost more to have someone else fix than the item is worth. How to Fix Everything For Dummies is for you if you  

  • Are a homeowner or an apartment dweller  

  • Want to fix things around the house but aren’t sure where to start 

  • Have some experience but need guidance on tackling more and larger repairs 

  • May be frustrated about throwing things away because you don’t know where to go to repair them 

  • Don’t want to pay for service calls when the problem is minor  

Featuring clear, concise directions, How to Fix Everything For Dummies also covers the proper tools and materials to get the job done correctly without breaking the bank and important safety measures to take so you don’t hurt yourself. You’ll learn how to  

  • Fix creaky stairs 

  • Patch basement floors 

  • Restore damaged carpets 

  • Correct drywall and repair plaster walls 

  • Fix door and cabinet hardware problems 

  • Rewire fixtures 

  • Get doorbells to work 

  • Fix garage door openers 

  • Unclog drains and fix leaky pipes 

  • Mend wooden fences and decks 

  • Repair minor cracks in the concrete driveway or pool 

  • And a whole lot more 

Additionally, this friendly guide is written in plain English and includes a list of home repairs you should not take on yourself but should leave for the professionals and tips on how to hire one. Grab your copy of How to Fix Everything For Dummies, grab your screwdriver and wrench, and get to work! 

If I had a hammer: The fun and easy way for do-it-yourselfers to repair home appliances and furniture 

For anyone who's ever been frustrated by a repair shop rip-off or just wanted to join thousands of others in the DIY craze, How to Fix Everything For Dummies is a no-nonsense guide showing you how to troubleshoot and fix a wide range of furniture (with wobbly legs, for example) and household appliances — vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, toasters, blenders, radios, televisions, and even computers and printers.  

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 (DIY) home projects. This hands-on, DIY manual shows you not only how to fix faulty appliances but also tend to all those irritating repairs that cost more to have someone else fix than the item is worth. How to Fix Everything For Dummies is for you if you  

  • Are a homeowner or an apartment dweller  

  • Want to fix things around the house but aren’t sure where to start 

  • Have some experience but need guidance on tackling more and larger repairs 

  • May be frustrated about throwing things away because you don’t know where to go to repair them 

  • Don’t want to pay for service calls when the problem is minor  

Featuring clear, concise directions, How to Fix Everything For Dummies also covers the proper tools and materials to get the job done correctly without breaking the bank and important safety measures to take so you don’t hurt yourself. You’ll learn how to  

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Fix creaky stairs 

  • Patch basement floors 

    • Restore damaged carpets 

    • Correct drywall and repair plaster walls 

    • Fix door and cabinet hardware problems 

    • Rewire fixtures 

    • Get doorbells to work 

    • Fix garage door openers 

    • Unclog drains and fix leaky pipes 

    • Mend wooden fences and decks 

    • Repair minor cracks in the concrete driveway or pool 

    • And a whole lot more 

    Additionally, this friendly guide is written in plain English and includes a list of home repairs you should not take on yourself but should leave for the professionals and tips on how to hire one. Grab your copy of How to Fix Everything For Dummies, grab your screwdriver and wrench, and get to work! 

    How to Fix Everything For Dummies Cheat Sheet

    It's a good idea to be prepared for things going wrong in your home, whether it's something relatively simple that you can fix yourself, or a more complex problem requiring a qualified professional. Following is advice for both situations. First, we list some non-tool items you'll want to have around for DIY home repair. We also suggest questions you should ask before hiring a professional to make a repair or renovation in your home. [caption id="attachment_289055" align="alignnone" width="630"] © Andrey Popov / Shutterstock.com[/caption]

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