Available guide to repairing your own fax machine.
After five years of waiting for the fax fad to fade, the market at last has acknowledged that demand is here to stay. The unofficial imprimatur is the arrival of a manual that describes not how to shop for a facsimile machine but how to find and fix what went wrong with the one you bought.
Among the first fax do-it-yourselfers is this fall's Troubleshooting and Repairing Fax Machines (Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; $16.95), whose author, Gordon McComb, a veteran dissector of VCRs and similar electronic devilment, plunges into the intricacies of failing faxes with an illustration-backed confidence that laypeople will find catchy, convincing, and easy to follow. Considering that a fax machine is apt to need service as frequently as a laser printer or an electronic typewriter -- about one and a half times a year -- learning to perform even a minor repair (for example: "Soldering Tips and Techniques") will sooner or later cover the price of the book. -- Robert A. Mamis