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post-rdtoolbook.jpgOk, our copy isn’t so “new.”  It was a gift years ago to help with the difficulties of living on one’s own.  You know, things like a busted clothes dryer and a VCR that quits right when you don’t have money for a new one.

The ‘Manual starts with a well-illustrated description of how to assemble a basic household toolkit with items such as:

  • measuring and marking tools
  • fastening and unfastening tools
  • gripping tools
  • cutting and shaping tools
  • and safety equipment

It then goes on to give the reader a basic introduction to the use of each family of tools along with all the most important do’s and don’ts. 

Finally, it gets down to the nuts-and-bolts processes of troubleshooting, disassembling, repairing, and reassembling just about every item you’ll find around your home, including:

  • carpets/rugs
  • doorbells
  • jewelry
  • furniture
  • plumbing
  • small and large appliances
  • home electronics
  • yard and workshop tools
  • and sports and recreation gear

Each description includes a problem-and-cause troubleshooting chart, exploded and/or cutaway views of the item, and detailed step-by-step instructions on disassembly and reassembly.  They also take the time to indicate the minor differences you’re likely to find between your item and the one described.

We wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who’d like to take more control of their home repair situation or as a gift to someone just starting out.  It demystifies a lot of the tasks required of new homeowners.  It’s $23.10 from Amazon right now (new), and as of this writing they have used copies available starting at $7.50.  We always see a few at the used bookstore.

New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything in and Around Your Home. Ed. Joseph Gonzalez, et. al. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, 1996. (Hardcover) ISBN: 0895778718

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One Response to Book: The New Fix-It-Yourself Manual

  1. Teacher says:

    Just saw this post while skimming the book section today. I bought a copy of this book after using my dad’s copy several times. A great book to have in your home. I first used it to correctly replace the thermostat and heating elements on my water heater. The book more than paid for itself on that one repair alone.

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