Tools: a tool-by-tool guide to choosing and using 150 home essentials
A practical reference to 150 power and hand tools.
Whether you have a job in mind and don't know where to start or simply want to feel more knowledgeable at the hardware store, Tools is the ultimate blueprint for getting equipped and getting started. This uncomplicated beginner's reference covers all the essentials.
Divided into three sections, the first covers where to find quality tools and what to look for to ensure years of reliable use. Valuable safety tips include how to avoid power tool accidents as well as guarding against toxins in treated wood, preventing electrical and chemical fires, and more.
The second section outlines eight basic tool kits along with a list of tools for each:
The third section is a guide to almost every common hand and power tool. Each page features a photograph of the tool accompanied by a concise, jargon-free explanation. Quick reference symbols identify the tool's relative cost, necessity, and skill level required to use it.
The tools are organized and cross-referenced by task: measuring, cutting, making holes, holding and supporting work, shaping, driving and prying, fastening, sanding, and storage and protection.
Helpful tips suggest alternative tools for a single job. There's also information for setting up and organizing a workshop that includes advice for lay-out, utilities, organizing tools and more.
Tools is an essential reference and a must for every homeowner and crafter.
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Tools: A Tool-by-tool Guide To Choosing And Using 150 Home EssentialsUser Review - Book Verdict
Most people, from new homeowners to apartment dwellers, need basic tools to keep their living space in good condition. Not quite a dictionary, this guide evaluates tools and makes recommendations based on functionality. The thematic arrangement is a bit confusing, but the index helps make the navigating easier. First-time author Dodds addresses a variety of concerns of new tool buyers, e.g., what tools are essential, quality vs. price, where to shop, and tool safety. He also recommends "kits" of tools for those living in apartments, doing crafts, or working on cars. Similar to John Kelsey's Field Guide to Tools , this is recommended for most libraries.
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