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Popular Mechanics When Duct Tape Just Isn't Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters Spiral-bound – November 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Mechanics
  • Spiral-bound: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588165655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588165657
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This little guide is practical, concise and even a little funny. It covers a wide range of topics from plumbing, to painting, to getting out red wine and pet stains. It really does have it all! A perfect litttle gift for all those men (or women) in your life who need a little help doing those things that handy people seem to "just know" how to do.
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Nicely organized, succinctly written guide to home repairs aimed at the mechanically-UNinclined. I especially like the fact that each problem is broken down into three categories: repair yourself, repair with a professional, and throw out and buy a new one. And the spiral binding is excellent for having the book beside you when attempting one of the amateur-appropriate repairs.
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Since I own a lot of books like this, I have a lot to compare ti to. I would venture to say this is a good book for someone who wants to get into fixing things themselves that has never done this type of fixing up of simple things that can save you a lot of money. The book has a lot of simple things you can do to fix things yourself and not pay out a lot of money to a professional. These are things that can be fixed in a few minutes with some simple tools. Having said that, this is not a book for people who already are handyman or handywomen. This book does not bring too many new idea to the table but if you are new to fixing things what is presented is probably all new to you. I love the construction of the book. It has a very hard binder with spiral insert so that the books is easy to lay flat when open. So I would say this would be a great gift for yourself or someone who is NEW to fixing things around the house.

Tom
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This book does exactly what it says it will -- gets you through a little problem until an expert can arrive. Great for first time homeowners. I think this book and the Dad's Own Housekeeping Book are a great pair.
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Some of the ideas in the book is not very useful and some are just common sense things. I expected a bit more from this book but it did not turn out I can used anything in it that I don't already know..
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"When Duct Tape Just Isn't Enough" is a handy survival manual designed to get you through an emergency disaster repair or a simple way to handle a common problem. Each stop-gap measure is fairly simple: The editors ingeniously explain what is handy to address repairs before you have time to call a pro.

Even though most of the reviewers on this page have quoted this, it bears repeating: "There are two types of people in the world: those who know what to do when something gets busted and those who are always asking the first group for help." My brother belongs to the first group. I once asked him what private school boys attend to learn these guy things about repairs. They even speak tools. It has always fascinated me what men know about stuff. But now I may have him calling me for help. Just kidding.

There is a one-page disclaimer which sings the praises of duct tape: its history and uses. Did you know that Johnson & Johnson developed duct tape during World War II to wrap ammo boxes to keep water out? For obvious reasons, it was initially called duck tape. Solders began using it to wrap their boots. After the war, servicemen carried this tape home where it thrived in household uses.

Another handy idea is to put together a tool kit available for use immediately in case of emergency. On page 12 there is a list of items to include.

The book itself is really a binder with a spiral to hold the pages. They flip open and closed very smartly. Each chapter is marked by the appropriate tool and a unique colored tab. The binder is 6 x 7 1/2, making a very convenient size and style.
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A nice collection of 200+ pages of quick fix in the house. It is not about duct tape, but it is repairs that similar to practicality of using one. The topics are more to the inexperienced homeowners. Anything beyond you will need to call an expert.

Pretty useful as a quick reference. It covers - tool tips, maintenance, electrical, plumbing, appliances, furniture, yard & garden and stain removal.

Book is spring hardbound with thick sturdy pages. Nice to have one around.
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This book was not what I expected. I had bought it as a Christmas present for my father. My father is a man who loves his tools and such, but isn't the best about fixing things around the house, so I thought this would be a good book for him. It really wasn't. Although it says for things that happen everyday, most of the things don't. Most of the contents of the book are ways to fix things that a mechanic or electrician should really fix, like refrigerator and clothes dryer. This was not what I expected of the book, so I don't think it is that good at all.
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