The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores

Thomas Philbin, Author, Robert Strimban, Illustrator, Steve Ettlinger, With MacMillan Publishing Company $25.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-02-536310-6
Seeking to ``echo the friendly advice a good clerk would give you as you leave a store,'' the authors explain the basic hardware a homeowner or apartment dweller will require to make home repairs, its name and how to recognize itfrom sledgehammers to toggle bolts, hinges to thinnersin 77 chapters and an appendix. Their directory, which includes numerous line drawings, is organized, accessible and cheerfully reassuring, though not without flaws: the writing is occasionally less than clear; you may have to guess the size of some gadgets; and, perhaps inevitably, a few of the hardware store's dusty corners are left uncharted. Still, most of what you'll need to beg, borrow or buy for do-it-yourself home projects is forthrightly unveiled. Especially handy are the use and buying tips given for all equipment, advising whether to spring for a top-of-the-line item or one straight off the rollor out of the barrel. Philbin ( The Encyclopedia of Hardware ) is the author of many previous ``how-to'' titles; this is Ettlinger's first book. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
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