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Want to tackle your own home repairs? This clear, hands-on guide shows you how to take on repairs yourself with plenty of step-by-step instructions. From working on walls, floors, and doors to conquering heating, electric, and plumbing repairs, you'll see how to fix what goes wrong in your home — and identify the projects the pros should handle.

Discover how to Patch your walls and floors Stop pipe and faucet leaks Repair your furniture Keep your appliances in top shape Work on your home's exterior

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Gearing Up to Fix Everything. Chapter 1: If Your Broken Stuff Needs Repair. Chapter 2: Tackling Basic Tools and Equipment. Part II: Repairing Your Home?s Interior. Chapter 3: Taking the Creaks, Cracks, and Holes Out of Floors, Stairs, and Basements. Chapter 4: Conquering Door and Window Headaches. Chapter 5: Closing In on Walls and Ceilings. Chapter 6: Tending to Cabinet, Closet, and Countertop Glitches. Part III: Conquering Simple Electrical, Air, and Plumbing Repairs. Chapter 7: Don?t Blow Your Fuse: Minor Electrical Repairs. Chapter 8: Handling Your Heating, Cooling, and Air Quality Systems. Chapter 9: Sailing Through the Waterworks: Plumbing Repairs. Part IV: Keeping Your Stuff in Good Shape. Chapter 10: Looming Large Over Major Appliances. Chapter 11: Getting Small Appliances to Work. Chapter 12: Fine-Tuning Communication Equipment. Chapter 13: Rescuing Your Favorite Furnishings. Part V: Working Outside Your House. Chapter 14: Sprucing Up Your Home?s Exterior. Chapter 15: Improving Your Outdoor Leisure Areas. Chapter 16: Repairing, Patching, and Sealing Concrete and Asphalt. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten Repairs You Should Leave to the Professionals. Chapter 18: Ten (Okay, Twelve) Tips for Hiring a Repair Specialist (When All Else Fails). Index.

About the Author

Gary and Peg Hedstrom are self-taught repair masters with experience in carpentry, plumbing, appliance repair, and more. Judy Ondrla Tremore is a writer and editor for various newspapers and magazines.

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