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The ultimate tool book.
Physical Description:
239 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Foreword -- Before you begin -- Construction -- Woodworking -- Landscaping -- Mechanical.
Added Corporate Author:
You want to handle the issues that arise with owning a car, a home, a lawn-- but don't know how to make and do things. The editors of Popular Mechanics have put together a guide to the most important tools you can own. In showing you how to choose the best tool for getting any project done quickly, correctly, and efficiently, you'll also gain inspiration and confidence. --


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From the trustworthy experts at Popular Mechanics comes the definitive guide to hand tools and how to use them.

"The expert and enthusiastic editors at Popular Mechanics have created a 'definitive guide' to the baffling world of tools. . . . [an] exceptionally instructive and upbeat resource." -- Booklist

This tool . . . or that? Learn how to choose the right one for tackling any home project and completing it quickly, correctly, and efficiently. The editors of Popular Mechanics share their expertise, explaining which tools deserve a prominent spot in your shop and how to keep them in tip-top shape. Divided by type, this must-have guide covers multipurpose and single-purpose tools that cut, tighten, measure, and mark. You'll also find tried-and-true suggestions, helpful notes, and simple hacks to make any job easier.

Author Notes

Popular Mechanics inspires its 15 million readers and fans to learn, make, discover, and do something new every day. Drawing on 115 years of knowledge, it shares a voracious curiosity about technological breakthroughs, automobiles, inventions, do-it-yourself projects, and outdoor adventure with a community of loyal followers.

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Booklist Review

The first step in any DIY effort is to make sure the right tools are on hand, but how to figure that out? The expert and enthusiastic editors at Popular Mechanics have created a definitive guide to the baffling world of tools. Well designed and sturdy (the book opens flat and stays open), this precisely informative, confidence-boosting resource presents 100 tools that will support a lifetime of everyday projects. Each tool is displayed with a full-page color photograph facing a lively and lucid one-page description, followed, in many cases, by a tip or how-to advice. The tools, from such basics as a claw hammer, awl, combination wrench, and pruner to a benchtop table saw and air compressor, are organized alphabetically in four sections construction, woodworking, landscaping, and mechanical (soldering torch, tap and die, plumbing and electrical implements). Each category is introduced with a table of contents, and there is also an index. Thorough instructions for several DIY projects (building a farmhouse table and a bluestone patio, wiring a light switch) complete this exceptionally instructive and upbeat resource.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2019 Booklist