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The homeowner's ultimate tool guide : choosing the right tool for every home improvement job
Nagyszalanczy, Sandor.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2003]

Physical Description:
282 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TH4816 .N34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4816 .N34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
TH4816 .N34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4816 .N34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4816 .N34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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If you have the proper tools, you have a much better chance of getting every home improvement job done right. With this essential guide by tool expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy, homeowners can find out exactly what tool they need, how to ask for it at the hardware store--and how to use it when they get home.- Features 14 tool kits--including suggestions for plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, and car repair.- Offers professional advice on how to choose tools and how to use them for better results.- An invaluable reference for any homeowner especially those who are assembling tool kits for the first time.

Author Notes

Tool expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy, of Bonny Doon, California, is a professional woodworker and consultant. A former senior editor of Fine Woodworking magazine, has also appeared on The History Channel show Modern Marvels

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Nagyszalanczy, a former editor at Fine Woodworking magazine and author and photographer of several books (including The Art of Fine Tools), assists homeowners in selecting tools for every job. Dividing his book into such sections as "Tools that Grab," "Tools that Shape & Shave" and "Tools that Drill & Drive," the Hungarian-born toolmaster further breaks each section into accessible categories. For instance, in "Tools that Saw," he offers a subdivision on handsaws (including hacksaw and dovetail saws) and another on portable power saws (e.g., jigsaws and chainsaws). Large, detailed color photos accompany each clearly explained entry ("A hammer drill not only rotates its bit but also applies a rapid pounding action that helps the bit break through concrete, brick and tile much faster than with rotary action alone"). With a "pros and cons" explanation for each tool, as well as "pro tip" boxes, this book is essential for any homeowner wanting to make the most of his or her toolbox. (Nov. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

To some folks, tools are simply something needed to accomplish a task, but to others they are objects of intense interest-some might even say obsession. A former editor of Fine Woodworking magazine, Nagyszalanczy presents a book that will appeal to both groups; neophytes will learn about a variety of tools and their uses, while enthusiasts will get to drool over the colorful photos (and will undoubtedly learn something, too). The tools are organized by function (e.g., "Tools That Saw," "Tools That Pound and Pry"), including both hand and electric models, with information on which tool will work best in every situation. Nagyszalanczy has developed more than a dozen tool kits for specific maintenance tasks (e.g., carpentry, automotive, plumbing, drywall, and roofing). They will be useful to beginners assembling their first tool kit, will help users decide among tools when making purchasing decisions, and may possibly help justify numerous pleasurable trips to the hardware store. This intriguing book will have lasting appeal to tool lovers and homeowners of all skill levels. Recommended for all public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vi
Tool Kitsp. 4
Home Maintenance & Repairp. 4
Carpentryp. 6
Mechanicalsp. 8
Automobilep. 10
Electricalp. 12
Plumbingp. 14
Paintingp. 18
Drywallp. 20
Demolitionp. 22
Sharpeningp. 24
Tilep. 26
Roofingp. 28
Flooringp. 30
1 Tools That Grab, Tighten & Holdp. 32
Pliersp. 33
Wrenchesp. 38
Clamps and Visesp. 48
2 Tools That Shape & Shavep. 56
Routersp. 57
Planing and Scraping Toolsp. 60
Chisels and Carving Toolsp. 67
Wood Lathesp. 71
Files and Raspsp. 72
Reaming and Resurfacing Toolsp. 76
3 Tools That Sawp. 78
Handsawsp. 79
Portable Power Sawsp. 88
Stationary Power Sawsp. 96
4 Tools That Snip, Slice & Threadp. 108
Shearing Toolsp. 109
Cutters and Nibblersp. 111
Wire and Cable Strippersp. 117
Multipurpose Knivesp. 120
Axes, Hatchets, and Maulsp. 123
Threading Toolsp. 127
5 Tools That Drill & Drivep. 132
Electric Drillsp. 133
Braces and Hand Drillsp. 143
Powered Screwdrivers and Screw Gunsp. 145
Screwdriversp. 148
Nut Driversp. 153
6 Tools That Pound & Pryp. 154
Claw Hammersp. 155
Specialized Hammersp. 159
Sledgehammersp. 164
Malletsp. 165
Nail Sets and Punchesp. 168
Wrecking Bars, Pry Bars, and Nail Pullersp. 169
7 Tools That Sand, Grind & Sharpenp. 174
Portable Power Sandersp. 175
Grinders and Buffersp. 180
Hand-Sharpening Toolsp. 185
Specialized Sharpenersp. 190
8 Tools That Measure & Markp. 192
Measuring Toolsp. 193
Marking and Layout Toolsp. 198
Squaresp. 204
Levels and Plumb Bobsp. 208
Electrical Testers and Metersp. 214
9 Tools That Fasten & Gluep. 218
Mechanical Fastenersp. 219
Soldering and Brazingp. 228
Glue Applicators and Gunsp. 231
10 Tools That Brush & Spreadp. 236
Brushes, Paint Pads, and Rollersp. 237
Powered Painting Devicesp. 244
Spreading Toolsp. 250
Finish Removal Toolsp. 255
11 Tools That Protectp. 260
Safety Eyewearp. 261
Ear Protectionp. 264
Respiratory Protectionp. 265
Hand Protectionp. 269
Body Protectionp. 272
First-Aid Kitp. 276
Indexp. 278