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Do-It-Yourself Family: Fun and Useful Home Projects the Whole Family Can Make Together Paperback – May 16, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553384023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384024
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,962,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The genius of Eric Stromer's book is showing that do-it-yourself projects are a wonderful way to bring your family together. While enjoying each others' company you learn how to set reachable goals and to build a little confidence along the way. Thank you Eric for your enthusiastic encouragement of constructive family time (literally) and for sharing practical tips to make the effort fun and successful. I can't wait for our next trip to the hardware store. "--AMY GRANT

About the Author

Eric Stromer, named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” and iParenting’s “father of the month,” created clean-up solutions for TLC’s Clean Sweep–for which he has solved problems in over 250 rooms and remodeled nearly 50 homes! In Fall 2005, Eric also starred in NBC’s primetime show, Three Wishes, the much-heralded series designed to grant wishes and inspire hope to families and communities across America, co-hosted by Grammy-winner Amy Grant.

Eric studied theater at the University of Colorado, where he began work in construction to make ends meet. Upon graduation, Eric moved to Los Angeles, where he began remodeling houses. His eye for design and great craftsmanship captured the attention of celebrity clients like Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood, Dylan McDermott, among others. Eventually, Eric landed a role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, and his new career in front of the camera was born.

Eric is the father of two boys and a husband to an accomplished and busy woman. Following his own dad’s example, Eric brings his family closer together by engaging in building projects as a team.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiphaine on October 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
My family wants to learn to do things. We just got a set of tools and we borrowed this book to get started. It is the perfect book for a family who doesn't know where to start, who wants to spend time together and build something.
The book offers projects organized by room.
The first section is about materials and tools, motivating family members and safety tips. Eric Stromer made me want to get a nailgun!
The projects are mostly woodwork and help you create many helpful shelving systems and containers for storage. There are also very neat ideas to get your children to LOVE their rooms and keep them decluttered.
Every project is very well described, explained step by step and there is plenty of room for your own adaptations and variations on the theme. It is really easy to follow. There is no time set as it's written to be done with kids, so a project could take several days or weeks if life gets busy.
Eric Stromer also offers short projects, called "under threes" to get something done under 3 h and within a tighter budget. It's a cool alternative to remotivate your team.
I would personnaly start with the last project in the book: the workbench. Then we want to do the big-kid headboard with the rope light and storage.
This book is a gem. I am not a big fan of tv people writting books just because, but this one is smart and inspiring. With a little imagination you can do almost anything. After a few projects you'll know to make all the basics, that you can combine according to your needs. We plan on getting this book. And a nail gun.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. G. Drybred on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found it rather childish for an adult book and actually it would be hard for even a child to relate to.
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