- Paperback: 161 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (September 24, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146629633X
- ISBN-13: 978-1466296336
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Fixing Things, Principles of Machines, and How to Repair Them: 150 Tips and Tricks to Make Things Last Longer, and save You Money Paperback – September 24, 2011
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From the Author
I wrote this book to share the things I had learned during 55 years of fixing things. I am especially interested in young people finding out that possessions
are supposed to last much longer that 3 years, and that some possessions can be repaired. It is printed in black and white to keep the cost down. We all need to save money
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Top Customer Reviews
The people who will find this book most helpful are people who have plunged into DIY mostly with the help of manuals and books but rarely with the help of an experienced person to show them exactly how it's done. If you learn from a book (or website) rather than from somebody showing you in person, instructions will be left out. Often they will be instructions that seem so obvious to the author that they didn't seem to need inclusion. The DIYer working from these semi-complete instructions will stumble around, google around and maybe give up in frustration or screw up in cluelessness.
If you have ever been stumped in the middle of a DIY project because you weren't quite sure how to use the tool that was needed, this is the book for you. If that last sentence makes you think, "why did you buy the tool if you don't know how to use it?", you will find this book useless.
I've worked as a product design engineer, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, maintenance engineer, engineering manager, maintenance manager, plant manager, and general manager in companies of all sizes. I've hired a lot of engineers straight out of college and maintenance mechanics fresh from trade schools, and this is now one of the books that I give to them or recommend that they read. It covers a lot of the little things - and big things - that are usually only learned on the job and can save a lot of time and embarrassment for those who read this book. Will it teach you everything you need to know to fix something? No, it won't, and I don't know of one book that will. But it will regularly help you get the job done better and faster. And if you work in industry and have a problem with the author's down to earth, conversational style, you're going to have a hard time relating to a lot of good, knowledgable people on the shop floor.
If you're into the DIY or Maker movements, I highly recommend this book. You may never have access to someone with the author's level of practical knowledge of how to just get things done.
Could however get you into trouble eg explains how to pull things apart but not what to look for after you have the item in pieces