THE YOU-DON'T-NEED-A-MAN-TO-FIX-IT BOOK: The Woman's Guide to Confident Home Repair by Jim & Bart Houseman Webb

THE YOU-DON'T-NEED-A-MAN-TO-FIX-IT BOOK: The Woman's Guide to Confident Home Repair

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fixing a toaster or a leaky faucet is as easy as baking brownies or preparing a cake from a mix. If you know how. The authors (they teach ""Nuts and Bolts in Contemporary Society"" at Goucher College) are out to repair the average woman's ignorance re electricity, plumbing and general use of household tools. Step-by-step they explain the use of wire strippers, chisels, wrenches, pliers and drills and offer helpful advice on optimal sizes and shapes for nails, screws, drill heads, etc. With the aid of diagrams they dismantle a fuse-box to show you what happens when the lights go out and how to get them back on. Perhaps you have a doorbell that only works on Halloween -- they'll show you how to cure its tantrums. Or a flooded bathroom or a clogged toilet -- the plumber may not be necessary. And what about the mysteries of the hardware store? Do you know the difference between friction tape, aluminum foil tape, gummed paper tape, and weathering tape? Read this and you will. And there's more -- on diagnosing sick appliances, opening jammed windows, hanging pictures, soothing squeaky doors. As clear and encouraging as Florence Adams' I Took A Hammer in My Hand (KR, p. 482) -- though unlike Adams the authors don't get into carpentry, plastering or painting. Bound to be of service to any all-thumbs klutz, male or female.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1973
Publisher: Doubleday