Book Report: ‘How Your House Works’

How Your House WorksHow Your House Works: A visual guide to understanding and maintaining your home, by Charlie Wing

About a month or so ago, my favorite table lamp began making a crackling sound near the base. So I unplugged it and pondered my options.

I considered taking it to a nearby electric shop. Then I considered taking it to the tool shop that recently replaced the cord on my power sander. That cost $46, nearly one-third the price of a new sander.

But the lamp would be well worth a fee like that. It cost only $15 at a swap meet, but it’s an unusually pleasing blend of red enamel and brass with a mod metal shade and definitely not something to set out with the garbage.

About that time, I picked up a copy of "How Your House Works," a book written by home improvement expert Charlie Wing, and my thinking started to shift away from being rescued by a shop and toward taking charge of my own repair.

There are scads of home fix-it books in print, maybe thousands of them.

What raises this one to the top of the heap are the large, clear color illustrations of what the insides of things in a house look like.

And when you see what’s inside a garbage disposal, for instance, you might be able to fix it — or at least unclog it.

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1 Comment on Book Report: ‘How Your House Works’

  1. wonderama

    uh, changing the cord on a table lamp is one of the easiest things to do.
    you just need a screwdriver and a cord/socket kit from any hardware store. you could just get away with changing the cord, but since you’re doing it anyway you might as well change both.