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Required Reading: The Art of Fixing Things

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Required Reading: The Art of Fixing Things

Izabella Simmons January 30, 2013

Here is finally a book we all could find helpful—a reference book of how to fix things in the home or simply learn the basics of how to use a specific tool. We're definitely adding a copy to our library.

Lawrence Pierce, the author of The Art of Fixing Things: Principles of Machines, and How to Repair Them, has worked as a professional mechanic, handyman, farmer, and litigation lawyer who, starting at the age of nine, began fixing things on his own. "Some things may change over time: but one thing is for sure: since the invention of the consumer economy, there will always be someone who will try to make more money by cutting back on quality", says Pierce in his foreword. The book offers over 150 tips and a how-to guide to repairing cars, household appliances, garden machines, farm equipment, and various home improvements. Pierce currently enjoys life in Hornby, BC, as an organic farmer, with a small vineyard where he still fixes things.

Above: Pierce thanks his father and grandfather for teaching him to become self-reliant. The book is available via Amazon for $8.44. Image via The Roosevelts.

Above: This is the perfect advice for me: "Bring the old part with you." How many times have I showed up at the hardware store desperately trying to explain my problem to the person behind the counter who after a while would say "it might help if you bring us the part."

Above: The book offers advice of how to keep your paint cans clean.

N.B.: Looking for more books? See 88 other posts on bookshelf-worthy titles.

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