How to Fix (just About) Everything

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 - House & Home - 551 pages
The Ultimate Repair Manual for Daily Life

Finally -- the repair manual that does it all! Here, in one complete volume, are more than 550 do-it-yourself solutions for repairing, mending, undoing and otherwise fixing everything that falls apart, jams, breaks or goes wrong in your daily life. Offering much more than the usual home fix-it book, these pages are jam-packed with clever, simple fixes for an astounding variety of troubles you may encounter in life, from leaky pipes to lumpy gravy to problematic personal relationships. Find out how to:

Fix Bad Credit - Get Rid of Red-Eye in Photographs - Patch a Gutter Leak Troubleshoot a Crashing Computer - Remove Wine Stains - Rescue a Crumbled Cake - Fix Your Golf Swing...and much, much more.

Written and designed in the same easy-to-use format as its bestselling predecessor "How to Do (Just About) Everything," this invaluable collection includes concise instructions, helpful tips and checklists of everything you'll need. Plus, 300 original how-to illustrations make your job even faster and easier. This is the one book that no household should be without.

 

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Contents

Untangle Hair Snarls
3
Jog Your Memory Fix Bad Credit
24
Fix a Stuck Zipper Fix a RunOn Sentence
31
CLOTHING Replace Cracked Tile
118
Treat Stains on Leather Quiet Squeaking Floors
146
Patch a Gutter Leak
156
Redirect Rainwater From a Downspout
161
Repair a Cracked or Split Wood Shingle
165
Fix an Overseasoned Dish 385 Fix an Underseasoned Dish
384
Remove Oven Spills 387 Clean Up Oil Spills
386
Fix a Drink for Any Occasion
388
Disentangle Pasta Refresh Stale Bread
389
Smooth Seized Chocolate Soften Hardened Sugars or Cookies
391
YARD GARDEN 396 Fix Garden Tool Handles 397 Repair a Leaky Hose Nozzle
397
Mend a Leaky Hose
398
Fix Dull Digging Tools
399

Fix Flushing Problems
181
Repair Chipped Fixtures
186
Replace a Blown Fuse
191
APPLIANCES
201
Fix a Gas Oven That Heats Poorly
211
Correct an Overflowing Dishwasher
220
Fix a Washing Machine That Fills Slowly
226
Correct a Steam Iron That Sputters
232
Troubleshoot a Portable Air Conditioner Reset a Palm OS
237
Troubleshoot a Gas Grill Salvage a Videocassette
245
Troubleshoot a Crashing Computer 299 Troubleshoot a CD Player
252
Clean and Fix a Mouse
258
Fix a Printer That Fails Its SelfTest 305 Fix Blemished Wood Furniture
264
Diagnose Telephone Modem Problems Camouflage a DogScratched Door
271
Clean or Replace a Furnace Filter Repair a Broken Sliding Drawer
318
Reglue Joints of Chairs and Tables
320
Reupholster a DropIn Chair Seat
321
Revive a Cane Seat
322
Reinforce a Weak Bed Frame
323
Fix Up an Old Wood Chair
324
Fix a Wobbly Wood Chair
325
Spruce Up Your Decor
326
Repair Chipped or Cracked Porcelain
327
Repair Chipped or Cracked Pottery 329 Repair Chipped or Cracked China
328
Unclutter Your Home
330
Clean Crayon From a Wall 332 Get Wax Off a Tablecloth
331
Remove Wax From Carpeting 334 Get Rid of Ceiling Stains
332
Remove Clothing Stains
333
Remove Mystery Stains From Clothing
335
Remove Carpet Stains
337
Remove Chewing Gum From Carpeting
338
Remove Bleach Spots From Carpeting
339
Remove Pet Stains
340
Eliminate Wine Stains From a Rug or Tablecloth
341
Remove Burn Marks on Rugs
342
Clean Stains From Furniture
343
Strip Wax Buildup From Floors
344
Remove Stains From Tile Grout
346
Remove Mildew From Walls and Ceilings
347
Disinfect a Toilet Bowl
348
Remove Fireplace Grime
349
Get Rid of Deodorant Stains 350 Eliminate Cigarette Odor
350
Restore Shine to Your Jewelry
351
Wash Dirty Windows
352
Remove Grime From Miniblinds
353
Clean Oil Spots From a Garage or Driveway
354
Remove Stains From Brick
355
Wash an Outdoor Grill
356
COOKING
358
Fix a Fallen Souffle Rescue a Crumbled Cake
360
Fix a Perfect Cup of
361
Patch a Torn Pie Crust 361 Keep a Pie Crust From Getting Soggy
362
Fix Dough That Wont Rise 363 Rescue Overproofed Yeast Dough
363
Fix Your Kid Lunch
364
Get Rid of TapWater Mineral Deposits Calibrate a Meat Thermometer
365
Fix a Dull Knife
366
Remove Rust From a Castiron
367
Repair Laminate Countertops Remove Stains From a Stone Countertop
369
Fix a Sauce
370
Rescue a Broken Sauce
372
Remove Fat From Soups and Sauces 374 Fix Lumpy Gravy
373
Substitute Missing Ingredients
374
Reduce Your Cholesterol
377
Treat Burned Pots and Pans 378 Rescue a Burned Cake or
378
Put Out a Kitchen Fire
379
Remove the Bitterness in Burned Rice 381 Remove Cooking Odors
380
Finish Undercooked Meat 383 Salvage an Undercooked Turkey
383
Restore a Broken Flowerpot
400
Sharpen Pruning Clippers
401
Remove Rust From Tools Revive Wilting Cut Flowers
402
Sharpen a Power Mower Blade
403
Sharpen Push Mower Blades
404
Repair Bald Spots on Grass
405
Rid Your Grass of Dog Urine Spots Get Rid of Rampant Brambles
406
Troubleshoot Brown Spots on a Lawn
407
Control Major Garden Pests
410
Rid Your Garden of Pests
411
Troubleshoot Herbs
412
Troubleshoot Houseplants
413
Overcome Shade Problems
414
Rid Soil of Pests and Diseases
415
Revive a Nonperforming Compost Pile
416
Fix Bad Soil
417
Shore Up a Raised Garden
418
Remove a Dead or Diseased Tree Limb
419
Troubleshoot Trees and Shrubs
420
Repair a Leaking Irrigation System
421
Unclog a Sprinkler System 423 Clean a Clogged Drip System
423
Fix Poor Soil Drainage
424
Troubleshoot Rose Diseases
425
Identify and Correct Soil Deficiencies in Roses
426
Troubleshoot Rose Pests
427
Overcome Fungus Diseases in Roses
428
Repair Deck Steps
429
Renovate a Weathered Deck 431 Tighten Loose Decking Remove Deck Stains Replace Damaged Deck Boards
430
Repair Deck Railings
434
Strengthen Deck Joists
435
Fix a Rusty Iron Railing
436
Repair a Gate
437
Repair a Picket Fence
438
Level and Smooth a Gravel Path
440
Fix a Pothole in a Dirt or Gravel Driveway
440
Replace Patio Stones Tiles and Pavers
441
Fix Cracked or Damaged Concrete
442
Improve the Look of Repaired Concrete
443
Repair an Asphalt Driveway
444
Revive Wooden Outdoor Furniture
445
Restore Weathered Metal Furniture Repair Chair Straps and Webbing
446
Revive Rusted Iron Furniture
448
Troubleshoot Garden Ponds
449
Clean Swimming Pool Water
450
Troubleshoot Hot Tubs and Spas
451
Replace Bricks in Walkways and Patios
452
Start a Stalled Car Shut Off a Jammed Horn
455
Change Your Cars Battery Troubleshoot a Car That Wont Start 457 Fix a Flat Tire Start a Car With Jumper Cables
457
Shut Off a Car Alarm That Wont Quit
463
Free a Car Stuck on Ice or Snow 461 Deice Your Windshield
464
Fix a BurnedOut Signal Bulb
465
Fix a BurnedOut Headlight
466
Adjust Headlights Fix a Stuck Brake Light 466 Replace a Broken Taillight or TurnSignal Cover
468
Fix a Car Fuse 468 Fix Dashboard Lights That Wont Light 469 Remove Car Smells Check Tire Pressure
470
Inflate Your Tires
471
Fix a Stuck Convertible Top 473 Diagnose a Leak Inside Your
473
Replace Your Air Filter
474
Troubleshoot Leaking Oil 5 Fix Your Soccer Shot
477
Add WindshieldWasher Fluid Replace Mountain Bike Hand Grips
483
Troubleshoot Dashboard Warning Lights Extract a Fish Hook From Skin
490
Clean the Outside of Your Car Replace Washers in a Lantern
497
Fix a Poker Game
542
Fix Your Golf Swing Regrip Your Tennis Racket
554
Fix Breakfast for Your Sweetheart Mend a Wooden Cutting Board
562
Keep a Mixing Bowl Steady
563
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About the author (2002)

Author Bill Marken has spent his professional career with how-to magazines, books and Web sites providing millions of readers with clear and helpful information and advice for improving their homes, gardens and daily lives. He was editor-in-chief of Sunset, the lifestyle magazine dedicated to travel, homes, food and gardening, and also served as editor-in-chief of eHow.com, the Web site that offers how-to answers to everyday problems. He was the co-author and editor of Gardening for Dummies, and is now editor-in-chief of Garden Design magazine.

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