New Fix-it-yourself Manual

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Readers Digest, Jun 11, 2009 - House & Home - 448 pages
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The indispensable reference guide for every homeowner, guaranteed to help you maintain and improve your home while saving time and money. Covering everything from replacing faulty faucets and showerheads to curing the quirks of an air conditioner, this book provides step-by-step illustrated instructions, plus a comprehensive chapter on tools. Includes more than 3,000 instructional photographs, illustrations, charts, and diagrams. Let New Fix-It-Yourself Manual guide you through: * Fixing a broken dryer by testing the thermostat, thermal fuse, heating coils, etc. * Troubleshooting electric and gas range problems and fixing them * Reupholstering and reweaving chair seats * Stocking up on the proper tools and supplies for fixing electronics * Installing, testing, and repairing speakers, including maintaining proper polarity * Repairing broken handbags and suitcases properly and professionally * Fixing small engines in yard and workshop tools * Restoring broken air conditioners, heaters, and dehumidifiers * Safely disassembling, testing, and repairing a chain saw REVIEW AUTHORBIO
 

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This is not the latest version of this manual. I returned it. It is so out of date that it included repair of hooded hair dryers! Also computer section looked about 10 years old. Read full review

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Bought this book in early 90s for myself.. Have a friend who is getting into the DIY arena. He needed this book so I gave it to him as a present.. Marvelous response from the friend.. Decided I would ... Read full review

Contents

Tools and techniques 10 The basic too
10
Measuring and marking
11
Hammers and screwdrivers
12
Using an electric drill
13
Pliers and wrenches
14
Vises and saws
15
Keeping tools sharp 16 Fasteners
16
Adhesives
18
Hairdryers
188
Heaters
190
Hotplates
194
Icecream makers
195
Irons
196
Juice extractors and juicers
200
Knives electric
203
Mixers
204

Around the home
21
Carpets and rugs
22
Cutlery pocketknives and scissors
25
Doorbells buzzers and chimes
26
Doorknobs locks and hinges
27
Fabric leather and zippers
30
Handbags and luggage
31
Jewelry
33
Lamps and lighting
37
Picture frames
40
Pottery porcelain and glass
42
Screen and storm windows and doors
44
Stain removal
46
Toys teddy bears and other stuffed toys
47
Toysdolls
48
Toysmiscellaneous
49
Typewriters
50
Window blinds and shades
53
Furniture repair
55
Woodworking tools
56
Working with wood
57
Gluing
58
Clamps and clamping
59
Improvised clamping
61
Dowels
62
Mortiseandtenon joints
63
Chairs
64
Tables
68
Bed frames
71
Case furniture
72
Drawers
73
Doors and shelves
74
Casters and hinges
75
Repairing a wood surface 76 Sanding
76
Restoring damaged veneer
78
Replacing veneer
79
Reviving a finish
80
Stripping wood
81
After stripping
82
Wood filler and sealer
83
Wood stains
84
Wood finishes
85
A stepbystep refinishing sequence
86
Special finishes
88
Painting furniture
89
Reseating chairs with handwoven cane
90
Reseating chairs with prewoven cane
92
Repairing wicker
93
Working with rush
94
Reweaving a rush seat
95
Reseating chairs with splint
96
Reupholstery basics
97
Covering chair seats
98
Reupholstering an occasional chair
99
Club and wing chairs
101
Plumbing
107
Tools and supplies
108
Emergencies
109
Sink faucets
110
Tub faucets diverter valves and shower heads
112
Strainers and stoppers
114
Dealing with clogs
115
Toilets
116
Toilet clogs
118
Branch and main drain clogs
119
Working with pipe
120
Tools and supplies
124
Understanding electricity
126
Electricity in the home
127
Circuit faults
128
Receptacles and switches
129
Using a voltohm meter
130
Getting started
132
Disassembly
133
Wires cords and plugs
134
Soldering and desoldering
136
Cleaning and lubrication
137
How motors work
138
Cordless tools and appliances
142
General troubleshooting
144
Electronic components
148
Small appliances
149
Air cleaners
150
Blenders
153
Can openers
156
Clocks
158
Coffeemakers drip
159
Coffeemakers percolator
162
Espresso makers
164
Coffeespice grinders
166
Convection ovens
167
Corn poppers
169
Fansbox and oscillating
171
Fansceiling
174
Food processors and choppers
176
Frying pans griddles skillets and woks
180
Grills sandwich makers and waffle irons
182
Hair curlers and curling irons
184
Rotisseries
208
Sewing machines
210
Shavers
214
Slicers
217
Slow cookers
219
Steamers rice cookers
220
Toasters
221
Toaster ovens
223
Toothbrushes and oral care appliances
226
Vacuum cleaners
227
Large appliances
233
Basic tests and repairs
234
Air conditioners
236
Central air conditioners
240
Central heating systems
244
Central heating systems thermostats
249
Dehumidifiers
250
Dishwashers
252
Dryers
258
Garbage disposers
264
Humidifiers
266
Microwave ovens
268
Ranges electric
270
Rangesgas
275
Refrigerators frostfree
278
Refrigerators cycledefrost
283
Refrigerators icemakers
284
Trash compactors
286
Washing machines
288
Water heaters
294
Water softeners
296
Whirlpools and spas
297
Home electronics
299
Tools and supplies
300
Troubleshooting
302
Repairs
305
Audio systems
306
receivers
307
compact disc players
308
turntables
310
cassette decks
312
speakers
314
Cameras
316
Computers
320
To order additional copies ol New Fixityourself Manual bleshooting chart Weve added new sections
323
Computer printers
326
Facsimile machines
328
Personal stereos 331 Radios
329
Security systems
333
Telephone systems
336
Telephone answering machines
340
Televisions and computer monitors
341
Television antennas
346
Video cameras and recorders camcorders
348
Videocassette recorders
350
Yard and workshop tools
355
Smali engines
356
Chain saws
368
Chippershredders
372
Garage doors and automatic openers
374
Lawn mowers
376
Leaf blowers
382
Pruning shears
384
Shovels rakes and hoes
385
Snow throwers
386
Sprinklers and hoses
388
Tillers
390
Trimmers
392
Portable power tools
396
Sports and recreation gear
401
Bicycles
402
lubrication
404
wheels
405
brakes
406
gears
407
chains
408
freewheels and chain rings
409
emergency repairs
410
Boats
411
fiberglass hulls
412
inflatables
413
outboard motors
414
Canoes
415
Exercise machines
416
Fishing tackle
417
Gas grills
421
Pools
422
Skates
426
Skis
427
Tents backpacks and sleeping bags
429
Home emergencies
431
Precautions and procedures
432
Basic first
434
Treating injuries
435
Consumer information
440
Index
441
Acknowledgements
448
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