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Improvement-impaired dude needs book reccomendations! Answered

My boyfriend would like a book on home improvement for his birthday. Here's the thing: I normally handle all of that stuff and have a couple of yard sale books that I love. He refuses to look at them. He wants his own book. God love him, the dude can't even change a switchplate. Any book recommendations that are suitable for beginners yet, um, manly? Thx!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

Download lots of pdfs from here, assemble them into a book, and present. Ooo, I'm off to make an ible now...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I've started doing that with my own stuff - I'm printing them at work, one or two at a time, because I'm looking at over 400 pages of printing...

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 12 years ago

"at work" - misuse of public money?! (Why not just drop to disc?) L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

The way I see it, I've bought enough resources for school from my own pocket, and done enough unpaid overtime (bad habits that many teachers have) that I think it balances the books a little.

I know I could have them on disc, but that doesn't have the physical presence, and casual browsability* that a printout does.

*I didn't think that was a real word, but the spellchecker accepted it!

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 12 years ago

My grandfather used to steal things from School, pen-nibs, rubbers, rulers, ink, gummed-paper. He thought they owed him for something... Fatha says he caught his mother burying pen-nibs in the garden to get rid of them! But seriously, you shouldn't announce to the world that you're doing this, it only takes one person to see this and stir things-up for you...

L

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Remembers, "rubbers" means something a little different to us on this side of the pond. An Ozzy friend once went in a "christian bookstore" here in the US, and asked for two pens, a notebook and a pack of rubbers. The prissy little old lady at the counter nearly fainted!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

Create an account for him here!

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cmyk
cmyk

12 years ago

Hands down, the best books I've found for home improvement - serving both educational and instructional purposes - are from Popular Mechanics. I'm cheap, and therefore borrow from the library, I've researched online and you can get them on Amazon for under 10 bucks. My personal favorite is Home Wiring - you can never get enough info about electricity before you dive in, because it's one of the few home improvement projects that can literally kill you... though my wife would beg to differ... a seemingly inocuous walk-in closet long under construction spells impending doom... enjoy

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

And you could probably pick up a fairly new one from eBay or Amazon.com for a song.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

12 years ago

You can get him one of those all-in-one repair anything in the house books. Home Depot has their own or there is a Reader's Digest or Good Housekeeping version. They are all good with step by step illustrations, maybe about $30. If you want to be dangerous, arm him with a cordless power tool ike a drill/driver that he can instantly put to use. If not, throw in a six-in-one screwdriver, hammer, a pair of pliers and a tool bag/box. Good luck.