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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.

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A dash of humor and fun

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

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About the Author

Gary and Peg Hedstrom are self-taught repair masters with experience in carpentry, plumbing, appliance repair, and more. Judy Ondrla Tremore is a writer and editor for various newspapers and magazines.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764572091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764572098
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 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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12 of 12 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C.M. 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tf on July 9, 2013
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I have basic knowledge of house repairs and I have a small set of tools that have helped me fix things around. Nevertheless, I needed an easy-to-follow guide that could take me to "the next level". I had a couple of problems at home with my A/C and Garbage Disposal and because I didn't know how to fix them (I tried some basic checks and things but didn't help). I called the experts and they charged me a LOT of money ($271 for 15min work on the garbage disposal, the guy did a couple of tune ups that I'm sure I can do if I know where to look!).
I decided I needed to learn a bit more to avoid these type of situations. I like the "For-Dummies" series. I have few of their books in a wide range of topics (from Biology to Computers and now Home Repairs). They text is friendly and they have good tips.
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6 of 8 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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2 of 2 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By agarose2000 on December 29, 2012
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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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