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Handyman's Book Hardcover – 1951

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: meredith pub. 1951; First Edition edition (1951)
  • ASIN: B000GLBJ80
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The first edition of the Better Homes and Gardens' Handyman's Book was first published in 1951. There have been others; 1957 and 1966.

It is rather difficult assessing these older "how to do it books," as technology now changes almost on a monthly basis. The edition being reviewed here is great for basic how to do it stuff such as how to hammer a nail, screw a screw in, proper uses of various wrenches (wrenches of that time, I might add), basic use of what were the current power tools of that time and of course the various methods of fastening things; glue, nails, screws, bolts, etc. More about this later....

This work is in a three ring binder which makes it rather handy to work with. It is quite well illustrated and the directions are quite precise. Photographs are in black and white as are diagrams. There is good basic information in this work. Some of the items covered are timeless, such as building brick walls, repair of various older aspects of the home and yard, storage units and to a certain extent, building materials. Now that being said...

This edition, along with the previous ones, are invaluable when it comes to reworking an older room or older house if you are into the restoring thing. I often take on such projects (I am currently getting reading to do a home that is well over 140 years old) and information is difficult to come by for some of the older plumbing, walls, fixtures, windows, doors and such. I like to keep to the original thought and spirit behind the design and function as nearly as possible and use, again as nearly as possible, the original tools that first put the place together. Eccentric, I know, but hey, it is my time and I do it to make me happy...no one else. This work is quite valuable in that sense.
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I love this book and it's been a life saver for me on many occasions as I've tried to repair things around the house. So much stuff in this book and it's really written clearly so you can understand how to make repairs to almost anything in your home. I highly recommend this book to all.
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This is the edition of the Better Homes and Garden's Handyman book to get! The cover art is wonderful - truly a great display item.

The original 1951 edition comes with a plain red cover. That version made the bestseller's list on its release.

I'm not sure which printing was the first to have the blue pictorial cover. As early as the 5th printing in 1957 sports the mod cover. It is not listed as a revised edition so the interior is likely the same as the original red-cover version. The illustrations inside are of the same style as the cover - with a majority of the men pictured smoking pipes as they work. I like to call the style "Mid-Century Manly".

Its really a shame the illustrations are not credited.

If you're in need of a do-it-yourself guide, might as well go for the stylish one!
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Love it and I am so glad that I got it. Not everyone is going to be able to do things but this is simple enough for everyone to understand
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