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Popular Mechanics When Duct Tape Just Isn't Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters [Hardcover]

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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Hearst
ISBN  1588165655  
EAN  9781588165657  

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Popular Mechanics knows: there are two types of people in the world—those able to fix whatever goes bust, and those who beg the first group for help when something goes wrong. But it doesn't have to be that way, because this easy-to-follow guide will give anyone the basics to tackle those frustrating (and sometimes nerve-wracking) quandaries that crop up around the house: plumbing problems, electrical snafus, appliance failures, computer and electronics breakdowns, pest infestations, and furniture in need of renewal. They range from the serious to the merely annoying, but every one is cause for concern. So, whether the issue is a fast repair for a running toilet or a leaking pipe, or a simple, inexpensive way to keep deer from pillaging the garden, it's all in here.

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A great sneak attack on household problems  Nov 22, 2008
"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.

Here are the chapter titles (to provide an idea of what to expect):
Tool Tips
Maintenance and Cleaning Clues
Structural Quandaries
Electrical Snafus
Perplexing Plumbing
Appliance Failures
Refurbishing Furniture
Yard and Garden Dilemmas

Do you know that there are six major adhesives? Knowing how to use these will make your life so much easier. Epoxy is good for filling in holes and cracks. Polyurethane glue is good for almost all building materials. White glue is used in bonding wood, paper, and fabric, but especially wood to wood. Yellow glue is good for general household adhesions.

What do you do when screws no longer tighten? Use toothpicks in the holes!

How do I remove cat hair from my sofa? Wipe the sofa with dryer sheets.

Your comforter has gone flat and no longer provides heat. What do you do? Toss it into the dryer, add three tennis balls, and run the unit on air-only to re-fluff that cover!

Your dishwasher doesn't clean as well. Remove the bottom rack and use a metal skewer to clean out the arm holes. Debris sometimes collects there.

The book does not include every problem in the world, but it is certainly worth the money, especially when it can help save you money in the long run!
Easy Practical Homeowners' Manual  Nov 15, 2008
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.
Good information book  Apr 7, 2008
Lists the problems by category and quick good fixes. I would definitely recommend this book!
Good book. Kind of a "Hints from Heloise"  Mar 18, 2008

This is a very good book, with lots of practical hints.

However, for more serious home improvement projects, I have purchased the following books and found them to be very helpful to me:

Do It Yourself Home Improvement: Step by Step Guide to Home Improvement;

Ultimate Guide to Home Repair & Improvement (Ultimate Guide);

New Complete Guide to Home Repair & Improvement (Better Homes & Gardens);

Encyclopedia of Home Maintenance & Repair - This is a black & white book, but has very good explanations, especially of electrical.

Duck Tapers in the world unite!  Mar 1, 2008
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who build, maintain and repair the physical infrastructure around us, and those who bug those who do to solve their problems for them. If you want some inspiration to move from the second category to the first, this is a fun place to start.

Duct Tape, as this book informs us, was originally called Duck tape. It was issued to troops to keep their ammunition boxes dry. But they found a thousand and one uses for it. And people have been continuing to find more uses.

However duct tape is not what this book is about. It's about applying the kind of imaginative and experimental 'duck tape' kind of "lateral thinking" to a thousand and one household maintenance problems.

I think the idea is to use it for inspiration rather than reference. The ideas presented are well thought out and well presented. And fun.

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