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How to Do Just about Anything [Paperback]

Reader's Digest , Digest Readers , Brenda Jackson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895779366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895779366
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,731,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good history lesson (for North Americans) 24 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Want to know what computer you should have bought in the eighties? Then buy this book.
Apparently, if you need to do complex calculations with numbers you should be looking at a computer with 64K! (Although 24K is adequate for games!).
Other such gems go on about the recent replacement to disc-film cameras and the talk of camcorders with revolutionary mini TV screens in the viewfinder.
The sections of the book that can not be dated, like how to force a cat to take a worming pill might be useful to some people, but you would always be wondering "maybe someone thought of a better way of doing that by now" or "isn't doing that to a cat illegal these days?"
This book is very American, and many sections just aren't relevant to an English audience. If I ever find myself in a situation where I am about to buy a condo I'll need this book! And exactly how many peanuts do I need to make peanut butter? The book says two cups - is that a tea cup or an egg cup? Unfortunately I haven't found the section on converting American weights and measures to metric!
Some sections appear to have been written by people who obviously knew little about their subject matter. Poking two wires with a bulb on the end into a potentially live electricity socket may have been an acceptable method of checking you took the right fuse out in eighties USA but I somehow doubt it. What's the point in switching off the mains so that you can work safely if you are going to shove a roughly crafted mains tester in just to double check? You might as well test it with your tongue.
If the book wasn't so amusing to read I would have sent it straight back. Somehow though, I don't think comedy was on the minds of the numerous "authors" that wrote this stocking filler. Nor, obviously, was any intention of updating it.
Bottom line - if you need something to fill the magazine rack in the toilet buy this book. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous. 20 Oct 2013
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Just reinforced the amount of things that I didn't know. Very useful hints and tips around the house and travelling too.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book For Anyone At Time 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found this book a great gift for my Dad who has almost everything that any Dad would want, in saying that I don't believe that it is just a mans book there is alot of interesting information in it. I would advise anybody to purchase this book as there is bound to be something that you don't alreay know within its covers! Buy Buy Buy
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go home without it! 8 Jan 2004
By Laura Mae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just bought a house and it may have completely fallen apart if I hadn't had this book. When my ancient solar water heater broke, I brought out the book and found a diagram of the collector. When the sewage backed up, it described the repair procedure. When the rose bushes needed trimming, the fireplace needed cleaning, and the gutters needed flushing the book described how to do it all. In fact, I haven't yet referenced it and not found what I was looking for. The book is very diverse. It covers not only home repairs. It discusses just about everything we do, almost every day. I couldn't find anything comparable at any bookstore or online site and I can't live without it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have this book 3 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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An incredible book to have in your home. Whenever you have a question about things around the house, from how to set up a crouquet game to how to paint a room to how to clean your carpet. It is all there. Although it doesn't go into great detail about any specific subject, it gives you a great start on anything that you could want to know about. Buy this book! I am buying it to bring down to Guatemala with me where I live.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Few words, lots of information 24 May 2013
By lsc - Published on Amazon.com
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Many things are in this book. Excerpts of a wide variety of subjects. Enough info to help without confusion. Indespencible to have around.
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and informative 6 July 2012
By everYthingcounts - Published on Amazon.com
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The title fits the book perfectly. Almost anything you could think of is listed in this book. We have turned it into a trivia game; and use it daily for our 'FUN FACTS'. Good purchase.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars book 9 Jan 2013
By 1coss+3nails=4gvn - Published on Amazon.com
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it has served its purpose, it could be a bit more in detail and precise but as far a now its ok
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