The Everything Fix-It Book: From Clogged Drains and Gutters, to Leaky Faucets and Toilets--All You Need to Get the Job Done

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Adams Media, Apr 30, 2004 - House & Home - 336 pages
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Fixing leaky roofs, replacing broken pipes, and repairing cracks in ceilings can seem daunting to any homeowner. The Everything Fix-It Book takes readers through dozens of everyday fix-it projects, helping them avoid the high cost of professional help while maintaining the safety and value of their investments. This easy-to-follow guide shows how to patch drywall, replace windowpanes, repair furniture, maintain major appliances, and hire a pro for the big jobs without getting taken to the cleaners.

This hands-on guide provides expert instruction on how to:
  • Understand the ins and outs of plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems
  • Find the right tools for the job
  • Identify and solve pest problems
  • Make a home energy efficient
  • Know when to call in the pros and how to avoid ripoffs

Specially written for the mechanically challenged, The Everything Fix-It Book is the ideal resource to help homeowners prepare for the unexpected.

 

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Contents

Getting Ready for Home Repair
1
Safety First
11
Quick Fixes for Common Problems
25
Healthy Houses
41
Weather Wise
55
Energy Savers
73
The Exterior Envelope
89
The Great Outdoors
107
Simply Ceilings
191
Up in the Attic
203
Durable Doors
217
Ways with Windows
233
Practical Plumbing
247
Easy Electricity
267
HVAC Systems
285
When You Cant Do It Yourself
299

Pest Control
123
Security Watch
133
Down in the Basement
145
Fixable Floors
157
Winning Walls
175
Resources
309
Maintenance Schedule
311
Index
313
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Yvonne Jeffery (Alberta, Canada) is the associate editor of the quarterly City Woman and has contributed to National Geographic Traveler, Woman’s Day, and Reader's Digest. She has extensive experience tackling home repair projects and is currently renovating her forty-year-old home in Calgary.

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