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Discuss with a partner three common repairs or home improvements people do in and around their apartments or houses (e.g., kitchen cabinets, roofing, siding, etc.).
"on the fritz" = broken, not working
"We need to get the air conditioning repaired because it's been on the fritz for three weeks."
"clean as a whistle" = perfectly clean
"Wow! Your bedroom is clean as a whistle."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Dave: Yeap. I sure am. Ever since I cut back on my working hours to go to school, I've been really strapped for cash.
Randall: Oh. It looks like you could use a new carpet . . . and those stains? Dave: Well. I've had a few problems with some former roommates. I know it needs to be cleaned, but I just don't have the money to do it right now.
Dave: Well, the refrigerator door is broken . . . a little bit . . . and it won't shut all the way. It needs fixing, but don't worry. I've just improvised by pushing a box against it to keep it shut.
Randall: No, no. Don't tell me. The toilet is clogged or the sink has a few leaks.
Dave: So what do you think? You really can't beat a place like this for $450 a month. So it has a few problems, but we can fix those. Randall: Uh, no thank you. I think I've seen enough.
B. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.
Think of three problems with the place you are now living and what needs to be done to fix them. Discuss your ideas with a partner. Then, share your opinions with other students on your experiences with housing in your country. Ask another students these questions. Report your findings to the class:
Suppose that you need to to make of the following repairs on your apartment or home. Search online for three Web sites that provide specific instructions on how to deal with each situation. How clear on the written instructions on how to fix each problem? Are there an instructional videos to visually explain the process of repairing the items?