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The Art of Fixing Things, by Lawrence Pierce. Available at Chapters.ca, Amazon.ca, $12.95. THERE is a simple message inherent in Lawrence Pierce's book: if you fix it then you won't have to replace it.

The Art of Fixing Things, by Lawrence Pierce. Available at Chapters.ca, Amazon.ca, $12.95.

THERE is a simple message inherent in Lawrence Pierce's book: if you fix it then you won't have to replace it.

We live in a disposable culture and it doesn't have to be that way. The use of some basic tools, along with a little knowhow can allow you to repair a wide range of things around the house that otherwise would have been sent to the garbage.

Starting with a description of the tool and its proper use Pierce walks us through a selection of the necessary tools for common repairs.

From there he looks at automotive, appliances and general repairs. There is a wealth of great tips on commonplace problems such as removing damaged nuts and bolts, making your own parts, repairing damaged threads.

Detailed black and white photographs accompany every explanation and clearly illustrate the subject matter. Pierce's advice is presented in a friendly down-home manner without becoming overly technical. These are basic repairs he is sharing and are well within the reach of everyone.

tpeters@nsnews.com