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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606520180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606520185
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than 80 years,Reader's Digest editors have been the source of trusted information for readers around the world. Expert in gardening, cooking, home repair, health, consumer awareness, and general reference, we are committed to providing authoritative content that not only inspires but also empowers people to enrich their lives and improve the universe around them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Coughlin on February 24, 2011
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The authors of this project book have made things easy for those of us who are not expert handymen or women. They've given unintimidating directions to hundreds of projects in ways that nearly anyone can understand and follow. Plenty of explanatory photos are included and the use of tools is thoroughly explained for those who are inexperienced. Included in the book are a large number of repairs, projects and improvements as diverse as installing a keyless door lock, wall mounting a quilt, sharpening a mower blade, rejuvenating kitchen cabinets, drilling into glass, installing a light dimmer, making a coat rack, fixing minor furnace problems, making a home healthier and much much more. There are certainly WAY too many for me to list here, but I would think that everyone would find more than a few projects that they would consider tackling.

While I don't quite believe the "no project over 4 hours" claim on the book's cover, the vast majority of the hundreds of projects here would very likely fall into that category and there's even a section of "15 minute fixes" that seems achievable by most of us who are less than handy or, possibly, lacking in either attention span or motivation. On those "too tired to tackle much of anything" days, at least we'd feel like we'd accomplished something! In addition to projects for every room in the house, a few minor car care projects are included, as well, a couple of which I may even try myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By igen on October 21, 2013
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I like this book, but the "No project over 4 hours" emblazoned on the front cover is a bit of a stretch, as is the "101...projects" part of the title.

The larger woodworking projects (anything with a materials list and a cut list) might only take 4 hours of your time to cut and dry-fit, but some of them assume you have a fully-equipped woodshop, complete with table saw, jointer, nail gun, a dozen or more clamps, etc. They also don't account for the time you spend finishing (sanding and staining/painting), so several of the woodworking projects are more likely to take you an entire weekend. If you have exactly the right tools, you can cut all the parts and dry fit them, but don't expect to start any of the larger woodworking projects and be completely finished in 4 hours or less.

At the other extreme, I'd say some of the "projects" don't qualify as projects at all--like pressing the reset button on your garbage disposal or GFCI outlet--and belong in a "Homeowner's Guide" type of book instead. I'd rather see these listed as tips, but I guess then there wouldn't be nearly 101 "projects" in the book. Then again, maybe it's not so bad if I just have to press a reset button and my wife thinks I spent half the day rewiring the kitchen outlets or rebuilding the garbage disposal. ;)

For many of the projects, you need to know what size fitting, pipe, connector, fastener, etc., is already installed. The most time-consuming part for most of my repair projects is figuring out the size of the part I need to replace, especially if I can't easily remove the part and take it with me. Most of the time it requires multiple trips to the store. It would be nice if the book provided some helpful hints on how to only make one trip to the store.

Despite these faults, I still think it's a good book, and I think everyone is sure to find a use for at least one or two dozen tips or projects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2014
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First of all, had this book had a better description I wouldn't have bought it. That being said-it isn't a bad book. I got it for my girlfriend because she's very much into DIY projects and I thought these would be nice little quick things for her to do. Wrong! They are quick projects for someone who has semi advanced skills and are more of repairs than projects. It looks like a great way for a honey-do list to get started! Haha
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By Snowbo83 on December 30, 2013
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Easy to read, easy to navigate and wonderful tips. I also got a lot of great ideas for my honey to do list.
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I loved this book from building the butterfly house to converting one of my cabinets to a roll-out! I really liked resetting the GFCI, because I did not know how to do that. Lots of good maintenance and storage ideas. Good, Good book!

The book was in excellent condition and I would use this vendor again.
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Another book I have just started reading and it has a lot of good ideas. Good projects for normal handyman.
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By Rick Thornton on March 12, 2013
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i enjoy doing projects around the house and this magazine gives me some good tips and shortcuts. i would recommend.
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By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2013
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Bought this for my husband he just loves it! Lots of projects to keep him busy. Book was like new shape.
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