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The Family Handyman: Helpful Hints : Quick & Easy Solutions / Time-Saving Tips / Tricks of the Trade (Family Handyman) Hardcover – March 1, 1995

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As a home repair columnist and a handyman myself, this book has been in my reference library since it was first published in 1995. Clear, well-organized, well-indexed, filled with useful illustrations and diagrams, this is a great book for anyone interested in learning about how to maintain their home, keep appliances running, and fix many things they might never have imagined they could. You will recoup the cost of this book the first time you don't have to call in a pro for a simple home repair!

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Quick and easy solutions and timesaving tips impart the basics of getting jobs done; from painting and household repairs to landscaping and mending fences. The A-Z format allows for quick and easy access to the step-by-step repair hints. -- Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • Series: Family Handyman
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; First Edition edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895776170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895776174
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M. Thakery on December 31, 2000
I'm on my fourth copy of this book. Mine tend to vanish like the morning dew juat as my neighbors begin their spring garage cleanup. . . My bro-in-law has one as well, but he insists that the fact that my name is written in indelible SHARPIE marker on the front is just a tribute to me and my helpful nature. . . This book has more helpful hints in introduction than most do in the first 5 chapters. And it just goes on and aon and on!
With actual real life applications for stuff you'll find lying around your garage (from old buckets to wire to old useless hose), this book is a true boon for anyone looking to clean up their act (and their garage) and make the time they have to spend on projects less of a fight to just keep the cords straight!
I highly recommend this book for anyone that knows they own at least 4 tape measures, but can't find one to save their lives!
Well worth the cost, and as well constructed as the book is, it will last a lifetime!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Rose on September 5, 2001
When it comes to home repairs, I am all thumbs. I've had leaky faucets and toilets for years. Patching drywall, fixing locks, and replacing glass in windows used to require a call for professional help. Until I bought this book. It contains easy to follow, step by step directions with terrific pictures. I've saved hundreds of dollars since purchasing it. Simply terrific!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By sam mallett on July 21, 2000
I recieved my first Readers Digest Helpful Hints five years ago.
I was so impressed, I got copies for my two sons and son-in-law.
It is something I would not want to be without.
It really does have helpful hints found nowhere else.
I thank you for Readers Digest Helpful Hints.
Sam Mallett
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RockerMom on January 8, 2009
I absolutely love this book. It's the one you want to have on your bookshelf in case of emergency. For something that was published in 1995, I would like to point out that much of the information included in the book is currently being republished in glossy $10 Family Handyman special editions - the differences being that the new mags have a few up-to-date ideas, recurrent topics and far less helpful information is included compared to the scope of the book. I do love Family Handyman mags, but this book is like a "greatest hits"!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Caperton on January 9, 2007
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If you're AT ALL inclined to do your own work around the house, books of this type pay for themselves several times over. Just one repair you read about in this book and do yourself will pay for the entire cost of the purchase. Excellent investment, even for the novice. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Deats on December 12, 2008
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Well-illustrated book featuring more helpful ideas than I will ever get the chance to use. Everything from painting and woodworking tips to electrical and plumbing. No long and tedious articles, just plain, common-sense ideas that make you say, "Why didn't I think of this?" I will save hours and make fewer mistakes by making use of this information.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2009
This is simply one of the best books full of hints and tricks of the trade fpr fixing and making things that I have ever had. The price on Amazon is very good. I have found acceptable conditions are like new condition and buy many books from Amazon.
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I am not a handy person but I am a homeowner with the burdens and benefits that suggests. I have only looked at 4 pages of this book (to which I opened at random), and those 4 pages have solved two long-time problems in my bathroom. What a find, and how simple it all is when someone explains how, tells you the proper tools to use, and illustrates the technique step-by-step. Absolutely a revelation. This is going to be put to immediate use in my early spring home and garage. Delightful!
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