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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores and Garden Centers (Except the Plants) Hardcover – 2002


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Courage; 1St Edition edition (2002)
  • ASIN: B001OAQMHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,441,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Barnes on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The _"Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores and Garden Centers"_ (published by Running Press/Courage Books imprint, 2002) has two parts: 1: "Complete Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores" (729 pages, originally published by Macmillan in 1998) and 2: "Complete Guide to Everything Sold in Garden Centers" (368 pages, originally published by Macmillan in 1990). Because they were originally published as separate books, the two sections of this book each have their own introductions, tables-of-contents, indexes, and pagination. If you see this 2002 title/edition listed as only 368 pages, do not despair - it actually has 1,097 pages. So far, all the reviews I've seen have only reviewed the _Hardware Stores_ section.
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I would like to add a couple of comments to colobbfan's May 22, 2003, nice review of that section. In the introduction, the author specifies that this buying guide is meant to assist your average/traditional do-it-yourself, renovation or restoration projects. He states that in this book "[y]ou will not find heavy construction materials, or professional tools, or esoteric cabinetmaking tools, or hobby materials." He also says he purposely did not include automotive, boating, electronics, home security or house-wares even though those items may appear in some hardware stores. Appendix A, "Metals and Finishes", is a glossary of 20 terms related to describing metals from "blued" to "zinc-plated". Appendix B, "Basic Tools and Materials Every Homeowner Should Have", is divided into three parts: Hand Tools, Power Tools, and Materials. Stars (*) next to some items on the list denote absolute basics one should have. The starred items would make an excellent gift to college students moving to their first apartment or home.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Row on May 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Steve Ettlinger writes books that are basic lists of explanations on various subjects. Such as:
*Beer For Dummies®
*The Hardware Cyclopedia (not published yet)
*The Kitchenware Book
*The Restaurant Lover's Companion:
*A Handbook for Deciphering the
Mysteries of Ethnic Menus
*The Complete Illustrated Guide to
Everything Sold in Marine Supply Stores
Like his previous books, there is just enough detail of all the gadgets, tools, and other "stuff" that you find in (duh) Hardware and Garden Centers. He doesn't spend pages on a particular item, just a simple explanation and description of it's use. Like walking through a large home center's departments, the book is broken down into ELEVEN Parts:
Part I: Common Hand Tools
Part II: Power Tools
Part III: General Hardware
Part IV: General Materials
Part V: Paints, Stains, Finishes, Wall Coverings, and Related Products and Tools
Part VI: Wood and Wood Products
Part VII: Wall, Floor, and Ceiling Materials and Tools; Doors
Part VIII: Plumbing Hardware, Materials and Tools
Part IX: Electrical Products and Tools
Part X: Masonry Materials, Products and tools
Part XI: Safety Equipment
This format with the line drawings of the items remind me of the home medical books all American homes had during the 1950's & 1960's. This is a fun book to peruse through when you can't get to your home center and I can't compare it to any other book out to inform you on tools. It isn't COMPLETE though (and never could be with as quickly as items appear in home remodeling, etc.)
...Overall a fun purchase with lots of information in a familiar format.
John Row
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Kellogg on March 17, 2006
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This is a great reference book. Before I had it a week, I had solved some mysteries about pieces and parts of stuff...and where to buy them, and what they looked like! Of course, sometimes it's fun to just graze through the book and find all sorts of items you didn't know existed. If you're into home repair, or home improvement, this gem is a great addition to your how-to collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hyde on March 17, 2012
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My Dad was a master tradesman so I've been familiar with common tools most of my life, but I'm not so familiar with some of the more specialized tools that are out there. He's no longer around to be my living guide to everything in hardware stores and this book has been extremely helpful in filling that tradesman advice void for when I need to go to the hardware store. It's set up in a logical manner, gives alternate names the tools are known by, explains the basic function and is an outstanding value, esp. if you can get a good used copy (which, by the way, cost me less than a footlong Subway sandwich WITH shipping).

There's lots of different home improvement books out there and most of them touch on things that may be helpful to a certain extent. This book is an absolute home run by comparison and is a nuts and bolts (pun somewhat intended) guide for practical, everyday use.

Know someone getting their first home? Don't get some decorative item or other fairly useless thing - get them a copy of this book. They'll reference it frequently, be better homeowners because of it and will thank you time and again for such a practical gift.
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By lynda46 on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Okay, I didn't read everyones reviews of this book so someone may have mentioned it before now but the index has no relationship to the contents of this book that I have been able to discover. Nothing is where the index says it is.
That said let me also say that I love this book and it is extremely helpful when trying to decide which tool you may need for a project. Has anyone ever tried to find out the differences between shovels? I have and it is no easy task even with the internet. This book answered my questions perfectly. It's also fun to see what is out there because sometimes looking up one tool up leads to another one that will serve your needs even better. Just don't bother with the index.
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