How to Fix Absolutely Anything: The Instructables Guide to Home Repair

Published on June 5th, 2014 | by

How to Fix Absolutely Anything

You don’t want to have to buy a new keyboard just because of one wonky key.

You don’t want to have to buy a new pair of jeans just because of one hole (although if you do, give the old ones to me!).

You don’t want to have to buy a new chair just because of one broken rung.

Bike Pedal Fix by joker316982014-2How to Fix Absolutely Anything (I received a free copy of this book from a publicist) is a home repair, interior design, everyday troubleshooting guide from the same users who also publish their handy tutes at Instructables. Inside, you’ll find Instructables DIYs both big and small, from how to replace the aglet on your shoestring with fishing line and glue to how to make a hardwood floor starting with a log and a chainsaw.

There’s quite a range of skills represented, as you can see.

My favorite projects are the ones that absolutely, without a doubt, save the usefulness of some item that five minutes ago, you would have sworn was trashed. My partner and I thought that we were going to have to just throw away a super-long, super-expensive garden hose that had a split in it (we do not take care of our possessions correctly, I’m starting to suspect–our garden hoses do not have a long life with us!), but it turns out that with a 5/8″ replacement end and a hose clamp (these come in handy for lots of weird jobs), one can actually replace the faulty parts of a garden hose.

One can also, it turns out, fix that wonky key on a keyboard. One can patch jeans (I’m actually WELL acquainted with this one!). One can mend a chair rail.

We actually might not need to buy so much duct tape anymore… although we still will.

[Bike Pedal Fix image is the property of joker31698.]

[I received a free copy of How to Fix Absolutely Anything, because I can’t review a book if I haven’t let it make me seriously consider buying myself a chainsaw.. DIY wood floors, y’all!]


About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.