“When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough” An ‘Off The Shelf’ review.
The TAPE – Did you know that it was made for the US Army in the Second World War to keep ammo boxes dry. It was used to patch anything from jeeps to boots.
It stayed on in wet conditions, hence the nickname “duck tape”.
After the war it became known as “duct tape” as heating contractors used it to secure metal ductwork. But homeowners soon latched onto it as the emergency stuff that could hold the fort on temporary repairs for almost any situation.
The BOOK – Produced by ‘Popular Mechanics” this is a small format reference book for home owners to prepare for and be able to fix, at least on an emergency basis, most problems or breakdowns around the home.
It is organized into 8 chapters, starting with tools, ranging through maintenance and electrical and plumbing problems. There are chapters on appliances and furniture repairs and it finishes in the yard and garden.
Lots of practical advice in the format of quick fix tips, what tool to use and how.
Most importantly, when problems are serious, costly or dangerous it gives you the decision point at which to call in the pros.
The format is user friendly with the look and feel of the ‘Popular Mechanics’ magazine.
Each problem or article is a distinct section, starting with a box giving a short description of the problem, followed but a “Quick Fix” paragraph describing what’s wrong and how to to fix, make repairs or compensate for it.
This is then usually followed by an illustration depicting the situation before the next article is introduced.
So if you are the kind of person who likes to or needs to fix it yourself first then you’ll appreciate this little book.
Sterling ISBN-13:978-1-58816-565-7, Hearst Books (div of Sterling Publishing) http://www.sterlingpublishing.com
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