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How To Hide Anything [Paperback]

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April 1, 1984 0873642899 978-0873642897 First Edition
With little effort and expense, you can hide cash, armaments and even family from the menacing eyes of burglars, terrorists or anyone. Learn how to construct dozens of hiding places right in your house and yard. Here are small hiding places for concealing money and jewelry and large places for securing survival supplies or persons. More than 100 drawings show how to turn ordinary items into extraordinary hiding places.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873642899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873642897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have several books on hiding places. While all of them have useful ideas, the strong suits of this book are the outdoor, structural, and away-from-home hiding places.
The outdoor hidies are great for those with their own land. There are several innovative ideas that the other books do not have, including a tree stash.
The structural hidies are also different -- these aren't just making false drawer bottoms. :) There are pipe, appliance, wall and even drain hidies. Furniture hidies are covered extensively as well, but this review focuses on what makes this book different from the other hiding books.
The away-from-home hiding places are ingenious, easy to do and will hide your valuables from the casual thief and the sticky-fingered maid alike. Obviously, there is little to no carpentry involved and in fact you could use the same principles in your own home if you are carpentry impaired like me. :)
One last strong point of this book is the writing. Throughout, it talks about the psychology of the thief and why some hides work better than others to prevent theft. The main focus is not hiding things from the government or the police, who often have a whole different mindset and a lot more time than a thief does. If you are more interested specifically in strategies to hide objects from law enforcement or the government, there are hiding books that focus on that rather than thieves and I recommend you get one of those instead.
Please note: As with all hiding place books, you simply must have some carpentry experience and a lot of patience. There are no step-by-step, hold-your-hand instructions on how to make a hiding place here (or in any other hiding book I've seen either). The ideas are presented, and it is up to you to make them work in your own home or land.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ... If You Want It to Be Found October 26, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is underwhelming. The ideas presented range from the obvious (drilled table leg) through the impractical (eat a hole in your concrete floor with strong acid; insert your stash; pour cement over it) to the completely preposterous (cut down a tree; insert stash into a vertically buried pipe section; insert entire tree to plug the pipe). No kidding.

The author is obviously an armchair theorist who didn't bother to actually build his designs. One design requires you to screw a wooden block onto a projecting screw whenever you want to close the hideout; there is nothing to keep the screw from turning apart from the wallpaper glued over the screwhead. Guess what, it won't work---as anyone who actually attempted it would at once realize.

The book deals essentially with three kinds of hideouts. One type is the tiny hideyhole useful for hiding a vial of drugs from a perfunctory search. The author manages to bungle even this relatively easy task: most of the ideas he presents are so cliched (behind an air-vent cover; taped under a sofa; in a false drawer bottom) that any competent searcher or burglar would not fail to search there first. Others are unusable: perhaps you _can_ drill a hole lengthwise in the wire of a TV antenna, but what would you hide in a space this small? Not even dope will fit.

The second class is used for hiding larger objects, from handgun-sized to person-sized. The author uses the word "elaborate" to refer to these hideouts, and this is quite right: elaborate to the point of utter ridiculousness is more like it, like the cut-and-replanted tree example above.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping people's noses out of your business! April 3, 2000
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Format:Paperback
I found this book to be one of the most useful and surprising help books i have ever had the good fortune to stumble upon. When I saw 'How to Hide Anything' I had to buy it, and that was a choice I am glad I made. As a college student, I know there are things I don't necessarily want roommates, parents, and especially authorities to snoop around in. Often, I felt that my own hiding places still left me nervous. Other times, I hid things in such obscure places, I forgot where they were! This book, however, lives up to its title. Its ideas are ingenius and the drawings practically do the work for you. Now I am confident that everything I want to keep private will be kept private! Buy this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful AND Funny November 20, 2008
Format:Paperback
What I liked about this book was the carefree attitude. It did the subject the way I liked. As a fun idea to play around with. The suggestions were very good for the smaller things. How to hide money. How to hide jewelry. Then it grew to larger and larger items. Eventually it got into hiding a closet, hiding a room, hiding a house, hiding a corporation. :)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to hide a few thing January 25, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like most Paladin books, this slim volume is serioulsy lacking in substance. If you want advice on how to hide some jewelry or your stash around the house, then this book will do it for you. Otherwise, this rather dated edition will leave you in the dark. Save your money. Do some web searches and you will probably come up with more complete and up-to-date information for only your time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, but there could have been more August 5, 2010
Format:Paperback
This guide has some interesting ideas for hiding places (false pipes in the bathroom, the bottom of a pot of food, etc) as well as tried-and-true favorites (hollowed-out books, false-bottom drawers). There are also some fun ideas for hiding people in hidden rooms and floors.

Although there are tons of pictures, some of the descriptions may be a difficult for a person who is not familiar with construction. A few extra diagrams might have helped.

In general, it's a quick and easy read and is sure to get your imagination going. I especially enjoyed the author's emphasis on hiding things in plain sight. If anything, this guide will get you to think about everyday items and places as potential hiding places.

[Disclosure: This review also appears on [...], a site for review and discussion of creative works.]
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice!!
Some good and easy ideas for hiding stuff, and some not so easy. All in all it was good. I can hide a few things now and not be worried when my crackhead brother comes over looking... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth DSouza
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd pass on this book.
I'd pass on this book, it's not worth the money. Very short and not very informative. Information can be googled very easily, not worth it.
Published 5 months ago by Erie High
1.0 out of 5 stars How To Hide Anything
This book never arrived. I have since ordered another one & expect it to come any day. I had a file with a record of every book that I ordered. I checked them off as they arrived. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joan Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
Has some classic and unique ideas for hiding anything from jewelry to a complete person in ways and places most people wouldn't even think to look.
Published 13 months ago by Jason Owen Parker
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The majority of the information in this book is common sense. I was unsure what to think about some of the ideas in the book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by always learning
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Study of the Odd Subject of Hiding Stuff
Most of this book deals with detailed instructions for hiding money, papers, people and just about anything else in/on/under almost anything, almost anywhere. Read more
Published 23 months ago by PS Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of cool, kind of creepy
I was looking for a book to get some ideas on how to hide cash or coin in my home. This book is full of ideas. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by homesteader1
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple of good suggestions not found elsewhere
I have made a collection of several boooks on how to hide anything in a household. This book covers many of the suggestions from other materials. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Robert E. Kauffman
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
OK, so I thought it would be a good starter book to get ideas on how to hide my stuff, it was not.
Poorly written, the drawings looked to be sketched by hand, (which is OK... Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by Donnie Gilliland
3.0 out of 5 stars Hiding some things,but others the government can read too.
I think this will be more and more important to keep us free, but now that the gov't can read it, its no longer a secret that's relevant. Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by Betty Sylva
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