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5.0 out of 5 stars Silicone mastic and improving your physical allure, 8 July 2002
This review is from: The Sunday Telegraph Guide to Looking After Your Property: Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Home (Paperback)
Who was it who said: "A person lacking knowledge of soffit boards is but living their life in the shadows." ?
Possibly me. Mr Howell's books have this effect on even the most casual and ignorant reader. I began reading this book on a crowded Central Line Tube at Oxford Circus, by the time I had reached Holborn I was aware that my fellow passengers were straining to read it over my shoulder. Conversation broke out, opinions flowed, soon we were fast friends. Combining a knowledge of his subject with a dry wit and a passion for uncovering the myths, lies and ignorance that permeate UK house maintenance Jeff Howell's latest book consolidates a deserved reputation for straight talking informed by experience and a pan European knowledge base. Written in the form of readers' questions, followed by Mr Howell's answers, makes this an easy book in which to dip casually or pick a subject. I now know why our cistern is constantly dripping and how to fix it. A first for a spanner-phobic such as myself.
I am reliably told by people of all sexual persuasions that possession of practical skills, a willingness to get out of bed and use them, combined with a pair of rugged overalls renders a man (and some women) deeply, physically attractive. In reading this book I feel I have made a start. This guide has the power to get your radiators balanced and render you irresistible to passing strangers. I was exchanging phone numbers by Shepherds Bush. Buy it, read it and wait for the effect.
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