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How to Fix Damn Near Everything Hardcover – July 8, 1996
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On the other hand, as many appliances are solid-state (e.g., no tubes) AND individual parts are difficult to procure if the manufacturer doesn't support this. [In 1977, when the book was published, you could go to your local Radio Shack and buy a 100 ohm 1/4 watt resistor. It's increasingly difficult to find such things as the business models have changed to the more lucrative cell phones.)
This is a useful book if you want a general idea of how common things work and aren't afraid to use a screwdriver. It's not going to be as helpful as it was 20 years ago, however.
No book is perfect, however, and the one flaw with this one is the fact that the apparent lack of illustrations may scare away those already intimidated by the workings of the hardware around their homes. But fear not because the author has gone into excellent written details regarding the fixing of all those troublesome gadgets. Before long, you will realize that the author has purposefully left out the illustrations to allow the reader to think critically and solve the problem in the most effective manner, unique to the situation at hand.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty of the fixings around the house, your best friend will be your troubleshooting skills. That is, the five logical steps of troubleshooting *any* hardware such as a faulty dryer to a stubborn computer goes as follows:
1.Source of Power
5.Use of Power
All the power to you!
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It wasn't what I thought I was getting. They sent me the actual version from the 70s. Not even the updated one.Published 21 months ago by Kerri Harris
I'm sure you can find most of this stuff on the internet, but it looks cool on the book shelf!Published on January 3, 2014 by Andy
I had no idea how old this edition was or I would not have purchased it. I was disappointed with this.Published on December 17, 2012 by Vendetta Y. Reynolds
This is a re-issue of a book apparently first copyrighted in 1977 and it appears to have been minimally updated so a lot of the technical material is way out of date. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by C. Gear