You can fix it. Let’s get started.

The Art Of Troubleshooting is a universal guide to help you fix any machine. From toasters to computer programs to airplanes to nuclear reactors, you’ll find useful information to intelligently steer your next repair project—or crisis, as the case may be!

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 1940-1945, NWDNS-86-WWT-46(9)
Together, we can fix it!
(image: US National Archives)

I aim to describe a common language of fixing things, principles that you can apply to any trade, industry, or machine. Even if you don’t troubleshoot professionally, you’ll benefit from knowing how to get things working again. In our everyday lives, we all depend on machines and have to deal with the fallout when they break. You’ll be surprised at how far you can go by knowing just a few simple principles!

But don’t worry, while The Art Of Troubleshooting aims to be universal, it isn’t too abstract: many specific examples tie the principles back to everyday situations. You’ll see the fundamentals at work in a variety of fields: automotive, aviation, computers, construction, networking, energy, plumbing, and many more.

There are over 80 articles here to help you become a fix-it master. All this useful information is organized under the following topics:

  • Introductions: overviews and origins, plus a General Theory of Troubleshooting.
  • Strategies: time-tested recipes to get from broken to fixed in the shortest time possible.
  • Virtues: the behaviors and mindset of a great troubleshooter.
  • Cleaning Up: after you’ve fixed it, be sure to learn from the experience and make improvements for the future.
  • Research: original investigations.
  • News: goings-on around here.

Don’t know where to start? You could see if it’s plugged in. Also, check out my 1-page universal repair guide and troubleshooting book!

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