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on 6 October 2011
I have always maintained that i was not put on this earth to do housework or mend things and, although i am still convinced of the former, this book has persuaded me that i might be able to tackle a few jobs that need doing around the house, like tiling the bathroom or replacing a washer on a tap, with a degree of aplomb I would not have previously thought possible. Inspirational is the word, and I was so taken with the humour that goes alongside clear and concise instructions in the book that i googled the authors and found out that Alison Winfield Chislett is responsible for a very funny book about the natural history of umbrellas and Jo Behari has been running an all-woman company of decoration and home improvement specialists for some years - so there we have the perfect mix of practical skills and entertaining ideas that is what makes this book different from the herd. Thanks, honey, for such a lovely present. Now, get your feet off that broken sofa arm , there's a girl with a toolbox coming through.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 25 September 2011
Subtitled 'How to Fix Things in Your Home Without Breaking Your Nails' this is a straightforward, practical guide to doing things around the house. So if you're a girl who does not rely on men, or who has no man to rely on, use this book to get the things around the home fixed. Aimed at the beginner, this book is a basic guide to painting and decorating and using power tools. A difficulty rating grades tasks - there's useful what you need lists and instructions. The book is illustrated with appropriate drawings and photographs. I now feel able to tackle most of the jobs around the house. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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on 11 February 2014
The projects are too basic, even for myself. I would also have appreciated a description of the different drill bits and what they're used for.
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on 30 July 2015
There are better books you can spend your money on like the Collins Complete Series, but if you want something pretty-fied and dumbed down then go for it.
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on 25 January 2014
For the complete beginner.
Well written and informative with some good tips for those who have NEVER done any DIY.
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on 13 November 2013
Very useful book especially if not particular good handyman....still think the more difficult tasks best left to tradesmen especially if money involved in raw materials
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on 10 June 2013
Good book overall with plenty of tips and explanations for beginners. I found it useful and nicely written with the right text/illustrations ratio. Would recommend.
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on 3 May 2013
Thankfully I haven't had to use this yet. It is a security blanket, there when I hit a problem. The instructions are clear and comprehensible to someone with limited experience and skill.
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on 27 December 2012
Very useful book for daughter who recently left home, useful for DIY and personalising her home independently. Daughter loved it.
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on 15 October 2016
very basic advice
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