The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores

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9780028625751: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores

Have you ever walked into a hardware store, Home Depot, Walmart, or Loews, not knowing what kind of nail or wrench or hammer or piping or paint thinneror any thingamajig whatsoeveris best for the type of job that you have to do at home? Or have you wandered through the aisles of these stores wondering, whatever does that do? Here is the book for you.The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores identifies the name and function of thousands of common and uncommon tools and supplies. Not only a visual dictionary of products, it is filled with advice on how to use the tools, safety issues to consider and buying tips. This revised edition features 100 new illustrations and many of the amazing new products that have come on the market since the original book was published over a decade ago. From the zoological tools (cats paw, crows foot, snake), to the oddly suggestive (stud finder, undressed stone, hickey) to the downright intriguing (plumb bob, spud wrench, and butt chisel), every tool you have ever been curious about can be found in this unique and wonderful book.The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores makes a welcome gift book!

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Steve Ettlinger has been the book producer, author, or coauthor of over 20 consumer-oriented books since 1985 (he produced Marty's first book). He is president of Ettlinger Editorial Projects, an idea-developing and book-producing firm, and was president of the American Book Producers Association, a trade group, from 1991 to 1995. Among his own titles are The Restaurant Lover's Companion and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores. He also covers dining-related subjects for national magazines and Web sites.

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Seeking to "echo the friendly advice a good clerk would give you as you leave a store," the authors explain the basic hardware a homeowner or apartment dweller will require to make home repairs, its name and how to recognize itfrom sledgehammers to toggle bolts, hinges to thinnersin 77 chapters and an appendix. Their directory, which includes numerous line drawings, is organized, accessible and cheerfully reassuring, though not without flaws: the writing is occasionally less than clear; you may have to guess the size of some gadgets; and, perhaps inevitably, a few of the hardware store's dusty corners are left uncharted. Still, most of what you'll need to beg, borrow or buy for do-it-yourself home projects is forthrightly unveiled. Especially handy are the use and buying tips given for all equipment, advising whether to spring for a top-of-the-line item or one straight off the rollor out of the barrel. Philbin ( The Encyclopedia of Hardware ) is the author of many previous "how-to" titles; this is Ettlinger's first book.
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