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Family Handyman: Ask the Family Handyman
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0762101423, Hardcover)Providing answers to more than 1,000 frequently asked questions about home repair and improvement is no small task. Ask the Family Handyman manages to handle so many queries in its nearly 400 pages by providing fast answers that can, at times, feel a bit too brief. The novice do-it-yourselfer may find that the book merely scratches the surface of a few topics (installing a dishwasher or a built-in ironing board) and raises as many questions as it answers. To get a sense of its scope, realize that Ask the Family Handyman takes a topic, such as setting ceramic tile, and covers in a few pages what has been tackled elsewhere in entire books. Still, this book is a compilation of real questions submitted to The Family Handyman magazine and, as such, it represents a lot of real inquiries and concerns posed by real homeowners. Whether your project involves drywall, paint, plumbing, window installation, or driveway repair, this book will either answer your questions or give you a good starting point for more research. Along the way, hundreds of photos and illustrations will make things clearer. Readers will also find that the book provides sound advice. On the question of latex vs. oil paint, for example, Ask the Family Handyman offers tips similar to those spoken at most home improvement stores: that latex is the best choice in most situations because it dries faster, stays more flexible, breathes better and cleans up easier than oil-base paints. But the book then goes one step further and acknowledges what is spoken at the paint supply stores where most professional painters shop--oil-base is better for glossy, high-visibility applications such as doors and trim because it levels out better with fewer brush marks. So while Ask the Family Handyman may not be the ideal book for more complex home improvement projects, it will help you deal with those small, day-to-day projects, and give you plenty of tips and pointers along the way. --John Russell
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