Every house needs a handy man (or a handy girl) who can take up a hammer or a screw driver, a paint brush or a can of glue and get things back in shape."" And on this sensible premise the authors launch their exuberant fact-filled guide for Mr. or Miss Fixit: The first part of the book is wisely devoted to limits beyond which the young handy man cannot go, preventive check lists, and descriptions of tools. A partial list of the actual ""how to's"" include changing a fuse, minor plumbing repairs, furniture finishing, painting, and curing sticky drawers. Cheerful yet instructive illustrations, diagrams and charts support this excellent deciphering of some complicated activities and rules. Unfortunately, few parents will permit their children to practise what the authors ""preach"", but no age barrier to appreciation exists here. Even non-mechanical adults can profit.