Introduction

“There are a great many doors open;but a door must be of a man’s size or it is not meant for him.”

—Henry Ward Beecher,Congregational Clergyman,Henry Ward Beecher: His Life and Work

People say it is tenacity that makes me good at recovering projects. Some say it is my attention to detail; others just think I have a penchant for headaches, heartburn, and working long hours. I doubt there is one reason. As for myself, be it clocks or cars, printers or projects, I like figuring out how things work and, if broken, fixing them. After working on a variety of “red projects”—projects in shambles needing someone to put them back together—I developed a process for fixing them that also educates people on how to avoid these problems in the ...

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