The Useful Book

The Useful Book

201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

Book - 2016
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A modern and energetically designed encyclopedia of DIY with everything you need to know to roll up your sleeves and cook it, build it, sew it, clean it, or repair it yourself. In other words, everything you would have learned from your shop and home ec teachers, if you'd had them.

The Useful Book features 138 practical projects and how-tos, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, relevant charts, sidebars, lists, and handy toolboxes. There's a kitchen crash course, including the must-haves for a well-stocked pantry; how to boil an egg (and peel it frustration-free); how to grill, steam, sauté, and roast vegetables. There's Sewing 101, plus how to fold a fitted sheet, tie a tie, mop a floor, make a bed, and set the table for a formal dinner.

Next up: a 21st-century shop class. The tools that everyone should have, and dozens of cool projects that teach fundamental techniques. Practice measuring, cutting, and nailing by building a birdhouse. Make a bookshelf or a riveted metal picture frame. Plus: do-it-yourself plumbing; car repair basics; and home maintenance, from priming and painting to refinishing wood floors.

Publisher: New York :, Workman Publishing,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780761171737
Branch Call Number: 640 BOW
Characteristics: xi, 403 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Bowers, David 1962-- Author


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List - Spring into DIY
Liesel_C Jan 16, 2018

How to pack a suitcase, cook rice, iron a shirt, and unclog a drain... 201 practical projects that will help you to discover the joy of doing it yourself - fix it, cook it, build it, clean it, and sew it!

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Feb 28, 2017

Everything from re-wiring a lamp to how to make pancakes.

I would probably turn to the internet for the specific tasks mentioned in this book. However, it's nice to have so much in one book that you can browse at your leisure.

The chapters are short for each "how-to" like installing a toilet, basic wiring, wood working, mechanics projects etc...

Two specific things I got from the book are directions on how to install a dimmer from a regular light switch and a very good recipe for Blondie s (blondie s are brownies without the cocoa).

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