Help, It's Broken! by Arianne Cohen
A Fix-It Bible for the Repair Impaired

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Repair Advice for the Real World

Do you need Help?

1. When faced with unassembled furniture, your first instinct is to:
(a) stare blankly
(b) panic
(c) return it

2. You associate screwdrivers mainly with:
(a) vodka
(b) orange juice

3. You have often wished your living space did not involve:
(a) exploding toilets
(b) wildly varying temperatures
(c) a new pet mouse

If you chose any of the above, this is the book for you!

Whether you live in a house, an apartment, or a 9 x 12 dorm room, chances are pretty good that sooner or later, something in your home will break. So why not be prepared? If you can barely tell a nut from a bolt, then Help, It’s Broken! is your quick reference for all home-repair issues. Expert Arianne Cohen explains what to do in dozens of real-life scenarios, including when:

•your favorite earring slips down the sink

•your key sticks in the front door lock

•your air conditioner stops cooling in mid-August

•you’ve painted the bedroom window shut

Illustrated throughout, this handy reference also includes tips on security and pest control, plus a useful yearly maintenance calendar and resource guide. Best of all, Help, It’s Broken! shows you not only how to fix it all yourself but how to get other people to fix things for you—on the cheap, or even better, for free.

A Great Housewarming Gift

About Arianne Cohen

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Arianne Cohen is a writer for New York and Marie Claire magazines. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, O, Real Simple, Redbook, Health,, and the New York Times Magazine. A 2003 graduate of Harvard University, she is also the author of Help, It’s Broken!: A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired and the coeditor of the essay book Confessions of a Word Nerd. She previously used her 6'3" frame as a nationallevel swimmer, and now lives the tall life in New York City with her 7'2" partner, whom she met researching this book. They are perhaps the country’s tallest couple
Published September 27, 2005 by Clarkson Potter. 224 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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