Episode-30- Fix It Yourself Manual – Book Review

Tony Teolis/ January 13, 2012/ Preparedness/ 0 comments

Show notes

What I learned from the The New Fix It Yourself Manual 

  • I didn’t need a whole lot of tools as a new home owner
  • Operations of the different home appliances
  • The section on plumbing shows very clearly how to diagnose and repair or replace leaky faucets and pipes. It also teaches the best methods for clearing clogs.

What’s really good about this book

  • Whether you’re dealing with a broken chair or a microwave on the fritz the New Fix-It-Yourself Manual will help you diagnose the problem, understand the solution and make the best repair decision

The New Fix It Yourself Manual is a must read for

  • Anyone who wants to save money and learn new skills for maintaining and improving home living conditions

Fix It – How To Repair Anything In Your Home Book Review. Reader’s Digest New Fix It yourself manual will give you knowledge and save you money. If you have visited this site before or if it’s your first time you will quickly learn that at ToDoListHome we keep track of things we do around the home. I have said throughout my life if you want to know how to do something there is a book out there waiting for you to read. I wish to introduce you to The New Fix it yourself manual by Readers Digest.
Although the last copyrighted version was published in 1996 the New Fix it yourself manual from Readers Digest is still very suitable for any home in 2012. In episode 26 my last book review of Home Buying For Dummies I noted that that book gives a list of things to do after you purchase a home. A big point on the list is to continue to save money. This includes saving up to up to 1 percent of the purchase price of the home per month. This is necessary to help maintain and improve your residence. The best way to survive as a home owner is to learn how to fix things yourself or at least understand what needs to be fixed and how to do it. With that bit of knowledge you will be less likely to spend more time and money than necessary.

We live in a throw away society in which the health of the economy is dependent on built in obsolescence of products and services. The New fix it yourself manual will help you change and learn to become more reliant on yourself for home repairs.

The first thing I learned from the New Fix it yourself manual was that I didn’t need a whole lot of tools as a new home owner. The first section of the book identifies the basic tools you need to take care of your home or apartment. It also shows you how to use and take care of the tools.

I also learned about the operations of the different home appliances (link) with the book’s numerous break away diagrams and helpful explanations. The new fix it yourself manual helped me understand the problem and necessary repair when the heating element in our oven burst last year. I covered this experience in episode 11 and I link to that episode in today’s show notes. From what learned in the book I felt confident I could fix it myself. After some searching on the web I found a great service provider called partselect.com and was quickly able to select, order and replace the heating element myself.

I found the section on plumbing to be very useful. That section show very clearly how to diagnose and repair or replace leaky faucets and pipes. It also teaches the best methods for clearing clogs. You can be charged for thousands of gallons of water that you never use with just one leaky faucet.

The New Fix It yourself manual is for anyone who wants to save money and learn new skills for maintaining and improving home living conditions. Whether you are a home owner or renter The New Fix It Yourself Manual will provide you with knowledge that can be applied quickly and safely. This is one way we can move away from being a throw away society .

Whether you’re dealing with a broken chair or a microwave on the fritz the New Fix it yourself manual will help you diagnose the problem, understand the solution and make the best repair decision. You owe it to yourself and your bank account to do your own home repairs.

The book is a little pricey at $23 on Amazon.com but as you can see the pictures and useful diagrams are worth the price itself. More importantly the book will pay for itself the first time you repair something that you other wise might have requested from a contractor for too much money.

That’s it for today now go and do something useful.

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