Popular Mechanics When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters by C. J. Petersen, published by Hearst (November 1, 2007).
If you are a crafter, then chances are you are pretty handy with fixing things, or inventing solutions to household problems – sometimes though even I get stuck on occasion – for example – I have no idea what to do when a tile or a paver cracks, or when the bottoms of the metal chairs cut through the rubber bungs on the ends of the legs, or the gate is hanging a bit crooked, or the flushing toilet makes the shower scalding hot. Or a thousand million other little niggly things. While I am on top of most things in our house, sometimes I just don’t know where to start, or even who to ask about where to start, or when to call in the professionals.
Enter “When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough”. This little hardcover spiral bound book, one of the Popular Mechanics series, is a treasure. Ok, so it doesn’t tell me or my darling husband how to fix the thousand million niggly things, but probably a good couple of hundred of them. This book covers minor fixes in the areas of tools, cleaning, structural, electrical, plumbing, appliances, furniture and garden.
One feature that I really like about this book is at the start of each chapter, where it tells, the likes of me, the circumstances in which it is very wise to abandon all hope of doing-it-myself, and calling in the relevant trades person.
One hazard of this book is that while sitting and looking through it – I have identified so many niggly little things in our house that could do with a bit of fixing, and now I have the know-how at my fingertips. The hazardous part about this is that now I think that I should start fixing them, which will seriously cut into my limited crafting time…
About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four and has far too many craft projects on the go at any one time. These could include, but are not limited to, crochet, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.