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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Jerry Dzindzeleta (November 15, 1990)
  • ISBN-10: 0967113903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967113906
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author was a profesional magician for many years and that knowledge has been the inspiration for the design ideas in this book.

Customer Reviews

Ideas are thoroughly explained and DIAGRAMMED.
Freddie Mercury
If you are building from scratch or just want to add a "hide" somewhere in your existing home this book will give you some great ideas.
Knighthawk
This book is totally different and does not reference any other books, and in fact exceeds them in quality in every way as far as content.
R. A. Ward

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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Ward on June 21, 2003
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I have been frustrated with this type of book in the past.
I am carpentry challenged, but I actually want to build a secret room and/or compartment in my home by myself to preserve secrecy. Unfortunately, most of the hiding books I own do not tell you how to actually build anything. They are really just lists of hiding places, with a few hand-drawn type illustrations to give you vague ideas on how to construct them. This includes all of the major ones out there: "How to Hide Anything," "The Big Book of Secret Hiding Places," and ironically enough even "The Construction of Secret Hiding Places" is very short on actual building instructions and illustrations. Even worse, a couple are simply retreads of others!
This book is totally different and does not reference any other books, and in fact exceeds them in quality in every way as far as content. It appears to be self-published, and the author has obviously spent years thinking about this subject and building the projects he discusses. This is uncoventional carpentry, folks; Mr. Dzindzeleta realizes this and wrote to show you *how to build* this stuff, without getting locked into "example" projects that are too dependent on certain sizes/materials to apply to you.
The strengths of "Secret Rooms, Secret Compartments":
It is chock full of quality illustrations that detail the actual working mechanisms for locks, glides, rollers, sliding panels, the operation of hidden doors, and even a special hinge I have not seen before.
Even better, the author has the text and the illustrations completely cross-referenced, so you can hold one finger on the page with the illustration and go back again and again as he discusses each design idea or variation.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By madjack on September 15, 2005
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I bought this book after buying some others that fell short. I was looking to build a classic bookshelf door and this book came through. I am finished and new visitors to my condo never have any clue its there, just walk right on past. Wonderful feeling, I spent quite a number of man hours but did it all by myself. From building the wall to finishing the bookshelf with trim. This and a home depot do-it-yourself type book and you are off and running. Have fun, good info in this one.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mario Rodriguez on November 7, 2000
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This book is a must own for those of you who are concerned with the protection of personal property. It is a step by step guide to building your little secret and invisable spot or spots. I gave it a four only because it can be labour intensive and some mechanical ability is needed. It's not exactly good reading it's more of a Do It Your Self type of book. So get your tools and hide stuff
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By nandi on February 8, 2008
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This book delivers far more than I was expecting with regard to USABLE ideas.

As stated before, this is much more than simply 'places to hide your stuff' that is so common now. Many of the constructions shown and fully explained were new (to me) ideas that will be used.

If you need information with more depth than just where to hide something, this book is for you. This book is really about HOW TO HIDE YOUR STUFF AND REGAIN ACCESS TO IT IMMEDIATELY with some of the most ingenious locking devices and hinges one can use. It does little good to hide something if you need to destroy the wall you sealed it behind to gain it again.

Do not get hung up on the fact that it is spiral-bound. So what? Are you interested in putting the book on display or do you wish to enlarge your knowledge base with regard to your security?

This book is well worth the price, regardless of how it is bound, or what it looks like. If you want usable knowledge, which this book supplies in spades, buy it.

Enjoy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Mercury on August 18, 2010
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Ingenious ideas. The author is meticulous. Ideas are thoroughly explained and DIAGRAMMED.

There is a review that complains about the binding: Well, yes, it is not professional binding b/c the author obviously did most of the work himself. If you are so shallow that your main concerns are the appearance of the cover, then find a shallow book on a shallow subject that looks pretty. Buy this book only if you want real ideas explained thoroughly.

I have not found a better volume on the subject yet. It's an absolute bargain.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Hart on July 17, 2007
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This book is great. No matter the size of the compartment you want to make, it is listed. You have probably seen the movies where some dude pulls a candle holder on a wall and a secret door opens up. Well why not have something like that in your house. This book explains how to make that happen, along with many other interesting devices.

Do you want a secret shelf that slides out of sight? This book tells you how. That secret room you always wanted to make, is all right inside the pages.

There is even some practical advice about where the secret places should be so that they will be even less noticable. The man even talks about you being wary about the neighbors noticing you bringing all the extra building supplies home (they might suspect your secret).

I would love to build a house and incorporate some of these ideas into it.

My only negative comment on the book is the binding. It looks like it was bound in a public school. If you buy it you'll see what I mean. Otherwise, this book has valuable, and very hard to find information. You can hide anything as long as the smell doesn't give you away.
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