The best handymen acquire their skills over a lifetime of tinkering, but if you’re all thumbs 365 days of the year consider The Art of Fixing Things ($11) by Lawrence E. Pierce a crash course in honey-do-list competence. Its 168 pages provide easy-to-follow tips supplemented by helpful photos in areas like automotive, appliances, household and lawn/garden work — making it a go-to reference for all those “oh ____” moments. Ranging from “Using a screwdriver” and “Changing oil,” to more complicated conundrums like “Clean up that steam iron that you melted stuff on” and “Getting your tools back after they are stolen,” the book takes a light, confident tone that should help lower your swear jar bankroll.
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