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Kurt Anderson is a jack-of-all-trades--and master of none. A regular contributor for Family Handyman and Outdoor Life, Kurt knows how to get into (and usually out of) trouble, both in and out of the home. When he's not throwing hay bales or hammering nails, you can find him roaming northern Minnesota, riding (and repairing) his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and fixing things he's managed to foul up. He lives in Brookston, MN.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598694936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598694932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a guy I thought I knew pretty much everything on "how to" do guy things. This book has actually taught me a few new things and made me laugh along the way. I highly recommend this book and it would make a great gift for any guy(or gal)out there!
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I saw this book at a friends and could not get over all the helpful information in this book. I am a woman living alone with property and multiple vehicles. I actually own a Teardrop Trailer like the one pictured on the cover. What drew me to this book is that in the 3 years since I bought the trailer I have never been able to back it up (short trailer tongue). I can now. There is also much more easy common sense infomation in this book. Great reference for anyone who has to do everything for themselves. It really is what every guy and girl should know.
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Got this as a Fathers Day gift and my dad LOVES it. Not to mention that my husband was looking over it and now he wants one too. Gives great information that could help anyone! Definitely a great for a Mae or female.
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This is a great book for guys w/o fathers or big brothers to impart special wisdom. Guys need to know this stuff.
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Was going to get this for hubby for Christmas but forgot. Downloaded it to my Kindle, which was cheaper and introduced him to reading on the Kindle. He really enjoyed it (I heard him laughing out loud several times !) and is now interested in downloading more books for him to read while camping!!!
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This book is very disappointing. Each section leaves out important details about how do do these things SAFELY. For example, in the section on changing a tire, the author leaves out that you should always push down on the wrench when loosening or tightening lug nuts, never up or to the side. This helps prevent the car from falling off the jack.

Even the title section on how to back up a trailer only covers straight-line backing. It doesn't tell you how to back into a space at an angle, which is actually safer when you do it to the left because you can see where the trailer is going and the path in front of it by looking over your left shoulder. Straight line backing isn't as unsafe as "blind side" backing (backing-up at an angle to your right), but it should not be the preferred method in many situations.

If you really want to learn how to back-up a trailer, here is how non-straight-line backing-up done:

1. With the vehicle sitting still, turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction which you want the trailer to travel. Turn the steering wheel as far as it will go in that direction.
2. Start backing-up slowly, and pay attention as the trailer begins to turn in the proper direction.
3. Check your mirrors. Don't get too fixated on the trailer or you might hit something with your car as it turns. Look around frequently.
4. As the trailer travels in the direction you want, straighten out the steering wheel to keep the trailer from jack-knifing.
5. Turn the steering wheel in the direction in which the trailer is traveling, using the steering wheel to make the car follow the trailer in its circular arc.
6. Keep checking your mirrors and looking around to make sure your car and trailer don't hit anything.
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Please ignore the outdated advice on chapter 64 "understanding and working with dogs", This author neither understands nor knows how to work with dogs, and is not competent in the current research on animal behavior. He is giving inappropriate outdated advice that has been shown to create fear, such as physical punishment. For updated information based on current veterinary behavior research, please follow the advice of expert Sophia Yin, DVM, MS http://drsophiayin.com/ or other reputable veterinary behaviorists http://www.dacvb.org/resources/for-the-public/
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I thought this would make an ideal gift for a 16-year-old nephew. When I got it and saw the subjects covered, I began to think I should have bought one for myself, too. Clever idea, useful information.
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