Troubleshooting and Fixing Everything Around The House
The fun and easy way to repair anything and everything around the
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
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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About the Authors:
Do-it-yourself experts Gary and Peg Hedstrom extensively
remodeled six houses and built two from scratch, doing all the work
themselves. A retired diesel mechanic, Gary describes himself as a
jack-of-all-trades who’s happiest taking things apart to see how
they’re built and putting them back together. He hates sitting still
and willingly shares his knowledge with others so they can fix
things themselves. Peg liked to get her hands “dirty,” as she puts
it, fixing appliances and discarded televisions long before she met
Gary. So she willingly tackled everything else once she and Gary
started working on homes. Her favorite pastime, however, is
restoring wood and old, damaged furniture, as well as doing the
finishing touches in a home. Lifelong Michigan residents, the couple
has homes in Grand Rapids and Florida.
Judy Ondrla Tremore, a veteran reporter and business
writer, wrote two books and co-authored another before writing
How to Fix Everything For Dummies. Her articles and stories have
appeared in The Grand Rapids Press, Cadence (where she was
managing editor), Legal Assistant Today, Grand Rapids Business
Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine, Cosmopolitan Home, Our Children,
Applause, and several other Michigan and Illinois publications.
She was the Grand Rapids editor of Metropolitan Woman. Among
her favorite articles were those pertaining to home improvement and
design and restoration projects, because they dovetail with her deep
interest in architecture and homes. She grew up in the Chicago area
and has lived in Michigan for more than 30 years
Table of Contents:
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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 Countertop
Part III: Conquering Simple Electrical, Air, and Plumbing
Chapter 7: Don’t Blow Your Fuse: Minor Electrical Repairs.
Chapter 8: Handling Your Heating, Cooling, and Air Quality
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 and
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Repairs You Should Leave to the
Chapter 18: Ten (Okay, Twelve) Tips for Hiring a Repair
Specialist (When All Else Fails).
Soft-cover, 384 pages