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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764572091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764572098
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Tips on safety and the right tools and materials

Fix everything from A to Z without breaking the bank!

Want to tackle your own home repairs? This clear, hands-on guide shows you how to take on repairs yourself with plenty of step-by-step instructions. From working on walls, floors, and doors to conquering heating, electric, and plumbing repairs, you'll see how to fix what goes wrong in your home — and identify the projects the pros should handle.

Discover how to

  • Patch your walls and floors
  • Stop pipe and faucet leaks
  • Repair your furniture
  • Keep your appliances in top shape
  • Work on your home's exterior

About the Author

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.


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I would recommend it to anyone as a useful guide to keep on hand.
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Some contain a wealth of information, but I have found some - like this book- contain pretty basic, generic information.
kathy
As with all Dummies books, the language is clear and concise, with tips aplenty.
T. Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2008
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I bought this as a reference to help out since I am a new homeowner. So far any minor problems I have encountered have been covered by the material in the book. I would recommend it to anyone as a useful guide to keep on hand.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Motil on February 6, 2010
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got my copy yesterday in perfect condition. have a problem with my fridge which this book tells me exactly how to remedy! MS KITCHEN GOODWRENCH HAS ARRIVED!!no extra repair person needed thank you. this book is a great gift idea for someone going on their own, getting married, or just tired of having to spend extra money where it's not necessary so thanks again.How to Fix Everything For Dummies
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan VINE VOICE on June 5, 2010
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This is pretty much a required text for a homeowner. It covers most, if not all, of the minor problems that can crop up in a house, from small holes in drywall to creaky chairs to troubleshooting appliances that are on the fritz. It covers all the fixable problems with decent diagrams and easy-to-follow steps, and also tells you what you shouldn't tackle by yourself, whether that involves calling a repairman or buying a replacement.

A good companion to this is Home Maintenance For Dummies, which covers some of the more involved and costly jobs around the house. Armed with these two books, you can save a lot of money (I made the cost of both back with my first DIY fix) and keep your dwelling in tip-top shape.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Papa Joe on July 16, 2011
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The book isn't QUITE as advertised; you couldn't really expect to be able to repair everything based on the knowledge in this rather small book. That being said, the book is a great reference tool for most of the repairs you can expect to make around a home. The directions are straight forward and simple enough even for someone like me! Definitely a valuable resource to have around.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By agarose2000 on December 29, 2012
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Kindle version review:

All images are cut off and near-useless. Terrible - total ripoff for Kindle version. I would return the product if possible, since the Kindle version is not usable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimi Aug on November 13, 2013
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We bought this for my niece who lives alone and commented she wished there was a class on "home repair" for singles. She said this book is great.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janet Harrington on January 11, 2011
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I was disappointed in this one. A lot of fluff, not enough "how to." I much prefer my old Sunset "Home Repair Handbook", but there doesn't seem to be a current version available. I guess the best way to learn about fixing anything these days is just to look online. Google "how to ..." and you'll get much better advice than you'll find in this book.
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Very good detailed book for any need.I took it home from library and used it for some small repairs which were included iln the book.I would recommend it to anyone.
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