Reader's Digest Easy Fixes for Everyday Things: 1,020 Ways to Repair Your Stuff

Reader's Digest Easy Fixes for Everyday Things: 1,020 Ways to Repair Your Stuff

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SAVE MONEY, TIME, AND EFFORT repairing your household equipment

Easy Fixes for Everyday Things is fresh, surprising, and honest: if something can be fixed we show you how; if it needs expert attention we say so; and if it is simply beyond hope, we tell you that, too.

Maybe your smartphone fell in water or you spilled coffee on your computer keyboard. Perhaps your iron won't produce steam or your refrigerator is making an odd noise. It could be that your watch face has been scratched or the chain on your bike keeps falling off. Whatever the problem, Easy Fixes for Everyday Things has your solution.

We all rely on devices, appliances and pieces of household equipment that break, misbehave or fail completely. With Easy Fixes for Everyday Things you can help yourself when disaster strikes, saving time, money and hassle (and cutting down on needless waste) simply by following a few straightforward steps.

This fun yet practical book strips the mystery from repairs, enabling you to fix the seemingly unfixable and solve more than 1,000 everyday problems with phones, cameras, laptops, locks, washing machines, lawn mowers, water pipes, cars and dozens of other common household things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621454571
Publisher: Reader's Digest
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 641,083
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Fix Your Life 6

How to Use This Book 8

Start Here 10

Your Home Repair Essentials 12

Your "Magic Tool Kit" 14

1 Digital Living 18

Keeping in Touch 20

Wired Phones 20

Cell Phones 24

Entertainment on the Go 34

Tablets and Media Players 34

Home Entertainment 38

TV and Home Viewing 38

Games and Consoles 47

Computers 50

Getting Up and Running 50

Laptops and Netbooks 62

Keyboards, Mice, Screens, and Sounds 66

Scanners, Webcams, and Printers 73

Computer and Internet Security 78

Broadband and Wi-Fi 84

2 Home Works 86

Pipes and Plumbing 88

Water Emergencies 88

Faucets and Sinks 94

Bathtubs and Showers 100

Drains and Gutters 104

Toilets 108

Noisy Pipes 116

Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation 118

Heating 118

Cooling and Ventilation 126

Power and Lighting 130

Home Appliances 130

Lighting 133

Doors and Windows 136

Doors 136

Windows 142

Home Security 147

Locks and Keys 147

Alarms and Security Lights 152

3 Household and More 154

In the Kitchen 156

Cooking and Cleaning 156

Fridges and Freezers 161

Washing Machines 168

Clothes Dryers 174

Dishwashers 176

Ovens, Stoves, and Hoods 181

Living Spaces 186

Curtains, Blinds, Carpets, and Floors 186

Vacuums and Floor Cleaners 195

Tables and Chairs 197

Bedrooms and Bathrooms 200

The Bedroom 200

Shower and Bathroom 205

Clothes and Personal Items 207

Watches and Jewelry 207

Glasses and Hearing Aids 209

Shoes and Clothing 211

4 Out and About 220

Cars 222

Behind the Wheel 222

Bodywork 228

Brakes and Tires 231

Under the Hood 234

Getting Around 238

Strollers and Wheelchairs 238

Bags and Cases 242

Outdoor Activities 244

Index 247

Acknowledgments 256

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