How to Fix Everything For Dummies

How to Fix Everything For Dummies

Gary Hedstrom

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0764572091

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The fun and easy way to repair anything and everything around the house
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 even computers. 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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instance, and walk to the opposite wall, unreeling the tape as they go. After they get there, they bend the tape against the wall and get a precise number for the length or width of the room. Then they hit a button on the casing that releases the tape and automatically rewinds it. A steel tape is virtually indestructible and it’s available in various lengths up to 30 feet. Big deal, you say? Remember you can return uncut 2-x-4s to the lumberyard and be reimbursed for the expense. But if you

Maintaining Cathode Ray Monitors Readjusting Printers Working on Fax Machines and Scanners Tuning Up TVs Using Satellite Dishes Adjusting CD, DVD, and VCR Players Troubleshooting Phones and Phone Lines Chapter 13: Rescuing Your Favorite Furnishings Tightening Loose Chair and Table Legs Mending Furniture Boo-Boos: Nicks, Scratches, and Burns Rejuvenating Veneer Recaning Chairs Part V : Working Outside Your House Chapter 14: Sprucing Up Your Home’s

Part I introduces you to the ins and outs of repairs and explains the common tools needed. It also has a few tips about how not to go broke getting them. If your father wasn’t handy, or even if he was and you rarely paid attention, you’ll find out what each tool does, why some tools are better than others, and how you can get a quality product that will last most people a lifetime. (That is, if it doesn’t grow a pair of legs and “walk away” from your home on its own initiative.) Part II:

test and replace a switch, you need screwdrivers, a continuity light, wire stripper, pliers, electrical tape, and masking tape. Follow these steps: 1. Turn off the circuit breaker or take out the fuse in the service panel. If you don’t know which one feeds that switch, turn off or take out the master switch or fuse. 2. Double check that the power is off, and then remove the switch plate. 3. Disconnect the switch by unscrewing the top and bottom screws that secure the switch to the

is sticking out too far and bottoming in the hole before the dowel gets tight. If that happens you can trim a little off the blunt end of the shim. 6. Glue all surfaces of the tip and the hole, and then follow Steps 2 through 9 under “Regluing dowel rods.” Figure 13-4: Using a shim to enlarge the dowel tip. Putting pressure on the joint strengthens the glued bond. But don’t apply too much pressure, because you don’t want all the glue to seep out. That weakens the joint. Too little

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