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Dated publication but an absolute classic how-to publication that evidently set the pace for virtually all DIY publications to follow. Has the same usefulness today as time of publication (1973) since the building methods remain unchanged. Really a book that was able to communicate how things got done. Still published by Readers Digest today, the publisher reported has sold more than 23 million copies!
I am so happy to have purchased this treasure of a book. This book is weighty, and there is not a wasted word from cover to cover. If you're a homeowner, apartment renter, or a cave-with-amenities dweller, this book is for you. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and even HVAC are all covered, and in a language that any reasonable human can understand, giving you the tools to fix your "stuff" when there's no expert around. Instructions have pictures as well as the written text, and one can fix just about anything around the house with the aid of this book. I simply love and cannot do without it. I had to return the copy that I'd borrowed from my brother (I'd had it a few years), so I turned to Amazon to purchased my own copy. Now that I have it, I'll not loan it out to anyone. It's mine, and I cannot part with it. Thank you Amazon and Reader's Digest!
overs WAY more than the newer version for home repair, maint. of your homje I recently bought the newer version ISBN 0-89577-871-8 and this older book is way MORE IN DEPTH, IN MORE EASIER TO UNDER THAN THAN ANY OF THE LATER VERSIONS, AND COVERS MORE COMPREHENSIVELY OVERALL THE REPAIRS YOU WILL ENCOUNTER AS A HOME OWNER...even covers most common mistakes on repairs! It even explains the proper tools for the jobs! and why!