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The complete illustrated guide to everything sold in hardware stores
Ettlinger, Steve.
Personal Author:
Completely updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Macmillan, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxi, 729 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TS405 .E77 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Available for the first time in paperback, this reference is for anyone who has wondered what type of wrench or paint thinner or fuse or caulk gun is best for a job. Ettlinger presents every important tool and building material available, each illustrated and described with tips on purchase and use. Over 600 entries. 500 line drawings.

Author Notes

Steve Ettlinger has been the book producer, author, or coauthor of over 20 consumer-oriented books since 1985 (he produced Marty's first book). He is president of Ettlinger Editorial Projects, an idea-developing and book-producing firm, and was president of the American Book Producers Association, a trade group, from 1991 to 1995. Among his own titles are The Restaurant Lover's Companion and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores . He also covers dining-related subjects for national magazines and Web sites.

Table of Contents

Part I Common Hand Tools
1 Hammers
2 Struck Tools: Nailsets, Punches, and Chisels
3 Bars and Claws
4 Screwdrivers
5 Saws and Accessories
6 Knives and Cutting Tools
7 Pliers
8 Wrenches
9 Clamps and Vises
10 Measuring and Layout Tools
11 Drills and Braces
12 Files, Rasps, and Abrasives
13 Planes and Scrapers
14 Fastening Tools
15 Miscellaneous Tools and Equipment
Part II Power Tools
16 Portable Power Drills, Tools, and Accessories
17 Portable Power Saws
18 Portable Power Sanders, Scrapers, Routers, Joiners, and Planes
19 Stationary Power Tools
Part III General Hardware
20 Nails
21 Screws, Screw Eyes, and Screw Hooks
22 Nuts and Bolts
23 Miscellaneous Fasteners, Braces, and Anchors
24 Hinges, Hasps, and Latches
25 Cabinet and Furniture Hardware
26 Door and Window Hardware
27 Springs
28 Chain and Cable
29 Wire and Wire Products
30 Miscellaneous Hanging Hardware
31 Miscellaneous Hardware
Part IV General Materials
32 Adhesives, Sealers, and Caulk
33 Roofing Materials
34 Plastic, Metal, and Fiberglass
35 Insulation and Weatherizers
36 Rope and Cord and Accessories
37 Lubricants
38 Tape
Part V Paints, Stains, Finishes, Wall Coverings, and Related Products and Tools
39 Interior Paints
40 Exterior Paints
41 Metal Paints
42 Interior Stains and Clear Wood Finishes
43 Thinners, Cleaners, Removers, and Preparers
44 Painting Tools and Accessories
45 Paint and Finish Removal Tools
46 Wall Coverings, Materials, and Tools
Part VI Wood and Wood Products
47 Manufactured Wood Products
48 Lumber
49 Milled and Preformed Wood Products
Part VII Wall, Floor, and Ceiling Materials and Tools
Doors and Windows
50 Drywall, Plaster, Materials, and Tools
51 Paneling and Tile
52 Doors and Windows
53 Floor and Ceiling Materials
Part VIII Plumbing Hardware, Materials, and Tools
54 Pipe and Accessories
55 Fitting Types
56 Fitting Shapes and Forms
57 Faucets and Faucet Parts
58 Drains and Accessories
59 Valves
60 Joint and Fitting Materials
61 Toilet Parts
62 Special Products for Boilers and Furnaces
63 Plumbing Wrenches
64 Drain-Clearing Tools
65 Special Plumbing Tools
Part IX Electrical Products and Tools
66 Taps, Adapters, and Plugs
67 Lighting Fixtures and Bulbs
68 Fuses and Circuit Breakers
69 Switches and Receptacles
70 Electrical Wire and Connectors
71 Electrical Boxes
72 Conduit
73 Electrical Tools
Part X Masonry Materials, Products, and Tools
74 Masonry Materials
75 Masonry Tools
Part XI Safety Equipment
76 Safety Clothing and Other Gear
77 Fire Extinguishers
Appendix A Metals and Metal Finishes
Appendix B Basic Tools and Materials Every Homeowner Should Have