Synopses & Reviews
This is NOT your father's home repair book!
And it's not your husband's, your brother's, your boyfriend's, or the guy's next door. Dare to Repair is a do-it-herself book for every woman who would rather be self-reliant than rely on a super or contractor.
No matter the depth of your pockets or the size of your home, a toilet will get clogged, a circuit breaker will trip, and a smoke detector will stop working. It's up to you how you'll deal with them -- live in denial, pay the piper, or get real and do it yourself.
Dare to Repair demystifies these home repairs by providing information that other books leave out.
In Dare to Repair, you'll learn how to:
- Take the plunge -- from fixing a leaky faucet to cleaning the gutters.
- Lighten up -- from removing a broken light bulb to installing a dimmer switch.
- Keep your cool -- from maintaining a refrigerator's gasket to changing the rotation of a ceiling fan.
- Get a handle on it -- from replacing a doorknob to repairing a broken window.
- Play it safe -- from planning a fire escape route to installing a smoke detector.
Filled with detailed illustrations, Dare to Repair provides even the most repair-challenged woman with the ability to successfully fix things around the home. Once you start, you won't want to stop.
"The authors assume that the reader is a complete newcomer to home repair, so everything is explained in detail (down to what tools to use), but the tone is never condescending. The very readabable text is supplemented by black-and-white drawings. This is a wonderful book that should be purchased by every public library."Library Journal
"There are people in this world who take every plumbing leak and every clogged drain as a personal challenge. Then there are others who dial 911 when a toilet starts to run over....words of encouragement accompany every task, certainly enough to convince anyone to pick up a pliers and twist." Barbara Jacobs, Booklist
This step-by-step guide explains approximately 75 simple do-it-yourself home repairs--from unclogging a toilet to installing a window guard--while giving important background and safety information. Each task is introduced by a revealing anecdote and includes a list of necessary tools. 350 illustrations.
About the Author
Julie Sussman (left) and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet are the national bestselling authors of the Dare to Repair Series featured on the New York Times, Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon bestseller lists. They have appeared on Good Morning America, Today Show, CBS Morning Show, ABC World News Now, FOX News, FOX and Friends, The View, PBS National Pledge Show, 700 Club, John Walsh Show, Living it Up with Ali and Jack, Talk2DIY Network, and Retirement Living TV. Ms. Sussman and Ms. Glakas-Tenet are the national spokeswomen for the Lowe's Companies, Inc., and Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Program partnership.
Dare to Repair Series
Ms. Sussman and Ms. Glakas-Tenet's first book, Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home (HarperCollins, 2002) is not your father's home repair book. And it's not your husband's, your brother's, your boyfriend's, or the guy's next door. Dare to Repair is a do-it-herself book for every woman who would rather be self-reliant than rely on a super or contractor. It has been featured on The New York Times, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestseller lists.
Their second book, Dare to Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-its, and Talking Shop (HarperCollins, 2005) is a basic car care and safety book written by women for women . . . and men, and new teen drivers, and senior drivers. Okay, it's for every person who dares to drive a car. Library Journal selected it among the Best How-To-Books of 2005.
The authors' third book, Dare to Repair: Volume II (HarperCollins) is scheduled for publication in Spring 2009.
Ms. Sussman and Ms. Glakas-Tenet, as national spokeswomen for the Lowe's Companies, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Program partnership, have committed themselves to helping address the crisis of substandard housing by engaging women in the construction and maintenance of Habitat homes.
The authors have partnered with the U.S. Military and Lowe's to provide Dare to Repair Clinics teaching home repair and car care to military spouses managing the home front.
In partnership with BP, Ms. Sussman and Ms. Glakas-Tenet have helped women stay safe on the road by teaching them basic car care.
Their partnership with OXO International contributed to the artistic design of Dare to Repair and introduced women to a line of universally designed hand tools.
The authors have made numerous television appearances including: Good Morning America, Today Show, CBS Morning Show, ABC World News Now, FOX News, FOX & Friends (13 appearances), The View, 700 Club, John Walsh Show, Living it Up with Ali & Jack, Talk2DIY Network and Retirement Living TV (20 segments). They hosted an hour-long PBS National Pledge Show based on Dare to Repair.
The authors have been guests on over 75 radio shows in the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Sussman and Ms. Glakas-Tenet have been featured in newspapers and magazines around the country including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, USA Today Weekend, New York Daily News, People, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Country Home, Redbook, New York, Washingtonian, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, Publisher's Weekly, Smithsonian Associates, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Money, Woman's World, First for Women, Seventeen and Parade.
The authors have had featured columns in Cooking Light, Woman's World, and First for Women magazines.
The author's national speaking appearances have included: Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD 25th Anniversary Gala; National Foundation for Women Legislators; Operation Home Delivery, Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build Gulf Hurricane Recovery Program; Lowe's & Habitat for Humanity's First Families (Governors) Building Homes Across America; BP Satellite and Radio Media Tour; Women's Networking Forum, Hunton & Williams LLP; National Women's Business Conference; National Governor's Association Spouses Breakfast; BP Amoco Marketers Association Conference; National Book Festival sponsored by First Lady Laura Bush and the Library of Congress; Today Show (NBC/Habitat for Humanity building blitz on Rockefeller/ Humanity Plaza); Dare to Repair Clinics at Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, and Edwards Air Force Base, CA; Home Safety Council Awards Dinner; Lowe's & Habitat for Humanity Women Build Satellite Media Tours; Lowe's Grand Opening, Atlanta; Lord & Taylor @ Night, Fifth Avenue; DC Housing Authority Workshop; Conference for Spouses of Joint Chiefs/Service Chiefs/Combatant Commanders, Pentagon; Annual CO/XO Spouse Conference, Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego; International Association of Fire Chiefs; FUTURES Golf Tours; National Association of Home Builders Women's Council; McAuley Institute's National Women and Housing Conference; Smithsonian Associates program; 3 & 4 Star Spouses' Conference, Washington Navy Yard; Helsinki Women's Business Council, Georgetown University; and Executive Branch Spouses/ Habitat for Humanity Women Build on the National Mall.