Magazine publishes useful book

July 20, 2015 - storage organizer

For years, I’ve been reading The Family Handyman, a repository dedicated to only what you’d design from that title.

Mainly, we review it for a do-it-yourself tips, customarily required though mostly reader-generated ideas that are … let’s call them inventive.

Those tips, by a way, were a birth for what constant HouseWorks fans might commend as Homeownering 101.

Well, The Family Handyman has left me one better, collecting years of repository tips into a book, “100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know.”

Most of them are flattering basic, as they should be for a ubiquitous homeowner’s manual:

• Eliminating pests from a home, such as termites, mice and ants.

• Servicing and repair such customary domicile rigging as dishwashers, garments dryers, atmosphere conditioners and furnaces, toilets and sinks.

• Remodeling basements and attics.

• Painting a home’s interior and exterior. 

• Using starter tools, such as a measuring tape, drill, jigsaw and hammer.

My favorite pages are what a book calls “bonus sections,” that come right out of a magazines. we remember reading some of these in past issues.

Creative ideas are offering for augmenting storage space, always during a reward in even a largest homes. I’ve suggested several of them myself, though I’ll acknowledge we never suspicion of attaching electrical connection boxes to a wall in a emporium as tiny catch-alls or repurposing an bureau record organizer to shelve adult cookie sheets and slicing play in a kitchen cabinet.

The good goofs pages are filled with confessions from red-faced do-it-yourselfers, proof once again that even a many gifted handyfolks can make monumental, and mostly dangerous, mistakes. Personally, I’ve never embellished myself into a dilemma or knocked down a ladder that got me adult on a roof … though I’ve come close.

The territory on problem-solving blurb products includes wall ship (sort of heavy-duty wallpaper for quite wonky plaster) and hollow lube (a special douse to make light bulbs easier to remove). It was in this territory that we detected “drain zippers,” that are elementary spiny cosmetic wands designed for fishing gunk out of sinks, showers and tubs.

The “easy fixes” pages offer directions for cleaning a filters of kitchen opening hoods, patching laminate floors and adjusting showering doors. we wish I’d had those final tips a few months back. we still have owner’s manuals for things we haven’t owned in decades, though do we consider we could find a directions for that showering doorway we put in 8 years ago?

The whole book is openly — even beautifully — illustrated with hundreds of photographs and drawings, and explanations and directions are concise.

I acknowledge “100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know” is a tad pricey, though that cost would be paid behind simply if it saved we from creation only one phone call to a plumber or apparatus repairman.

And it will.

Many times over.

“100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know,” The Reader’s Digest Association Inc., $29.99 (large format hardback).

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