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    Emergency Plumbing Repairs

    Emergency Plumbing Repairs

    Your plumbing system is powered by water pressure and gravity. Knowing how it works can help you in a plumbing emergency. Life is good! Everything is going well...until you have a PLUMBING EMERGENCY! Then everything becomes frantic as you try to minimize water damage and restore plumbing[More FREE Repair Help...]
    Fastener Facts

    Fastener Facts

    Mechanical fasteners come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and purposes. Left to right: nails, screws, bolt with washer and nut, and wall anchors. The Fix-It Club offers basic information on a more than 250 household repairs. Most repairs require mechanical fasteners. Your home has hundreds of fasteners[More FREE Repair Help...]
    How to Repair Major Appliances

    How to Repair Major Appliances

    Modern life is much easier because of major appliances: washer, dryer, oven, cooktop, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, and others. So it's important that we perform basic maintenance and repairs to ensure they work hard for us. The Fix-It Club offers free repair help for these and other major appliances. Our[More FREE Repair Help...]
    Really Easy Electrical Tests

    Really Easy Electrical Tests

    The electrical testers shown here are a continuity tester (left), a multimeter (middle), and two circuit testers (right) available at hardware and parts stores. Continuity testers and multimeters require internal batteries. The Fix-It Club goal is to make electrical repairs and other home repairs easier. With simple[More FREE Repair Help...]
    Help Others: Volunteer Your Fix-It Skills

    Help Others: Volunteer Your Fix-It Skills

    The Fix-It Club offers free repair help with more than 250 FREE Fix-It Guides including instructions on how to maintain and repair household things that break. If you've ever used one of our Fix-It Guides to make a repair, maintain something or to recycle or reuse broken stuff, you are[More FREE Repair Help...]
    How to Recycle or Reuse Broken Stuff

    How to Recycle or Reuse Broken Stuff

    A motor from a small appliance can be reused in many ways, including taking it apart to learn how motors work. The Fix-It Club can help you repair hundreds of household things that break: appliances, bicycles, cell phones, computers, electric fans, hair dryers, iPhones, microwaves, plumbing, slow[More FREE Repair Help...]
    How to Repair Electronics

    How to Repair Electronics

    The internal battery in an iPhone is not easy to replace without special tools. Ask your phone service provider to replace the battery. What would life be without our electronic "gadgets": televisions, satellite systems, DVD players, CD players, stereos, cameras, smart phones, VCRs, and, of course, computers? Boring! We[More FREE Repair Help...]
    Homeowner's Guide to Common Repairs

    Homeowner's Guide to Common Repairs

    Congratulations on your new home! Owning a home is an investment that will pay you dividends for many years. I've owned more than a dozen homes of various sizes in many parts of the U.S. And I've performed many of my own home repairs over the years with basic skills and[More FREE Repair Help...]
    How to Repair Heating and Cooling Systems

    How to Repair Heating and Cooling Systems

    Home heating and cooling systems are vital to comfortable living. Most heating and cooling systems offer years of trouble-free service, especially with regular maintenance. If your heating and cooling system does fail, the Fix-It Club can show you how to make simple repairs that can save you hundreds of dollars[More FREE Repair Help...]
  • Emergency Electrical Repairs

    ELECTRICALSERVICEPANEL3Emergency electrical repairs can turn a good day into a bad one. Fortunately, the Fix-It Club has FREE repair help for electrical repairs and other household emergencies. If your home is having an emergency electrical problem, take a deep breath and keep reading.

    1. Turn Off The Power

    • If your emergency electrical problem is caused by a major appliance, small appliance, or an electronic device, the obvious first step is to unplug it from the electrical outlet. Be careful as the problem may be in the electrical cord. Make sure the device is turned off and you are not standing in water that would allow the electricity to go through you. Use insulated pliers to remove the plug if you think there is a chance of getting shocked.
    • If all your home’s lights and electric gadgets suddenly quit working, check the electrical service panel to see if the main breaker or fuse has tripped. Also check to see if your neighbors have power. If in doubt, call the power company.
    • If an individual circuit breaker trips or a fuse burns out, check the electrical service panel.
    • If an electrical appliance or device, such as an oven or a blender, quits working, refer to the specific Fix-It Guide for testing instructions.
    • If an electrical receptacle or electrical switch malfunctions, test and replace if necessary.
    • If you suspect a short or wire failure in your house electrical system, call a licensed electrician.

    2. Find The Problem

    You can perform several simple electrical tests on all kinds of electrical things around your home. Electrical tests will help you perform electrical cord repair, hair dryer repair, motor repair, vacuum cleaner repair, as well as scads of other repairs. All you will need is one or more of three inexpensive testers: a continuity tester, a multimeter, and/or a circuit tester. Read the Electrical Tests Fix-It Guide for tips on electrical repair.

    3. Make The Repair

    The Fix-It Club offers FREE repair help with more than 250 Fix-It Guides written to help you not only repair household things that break, but also to help you understand how thing are supposed to work. You’ll also learn the importance of our motto: “Maintenance is cheaper than repair!” Welcome to the Fix-It Club!

    –Dan “The Fix-It Man” Ramsey

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