From first-time homebuyers to frequent hardware store customers, anyone who owns or rents a home will benefit from knowing their way around building and home centers. With the help of this book, purchases will be correct the first time--no multiple trips and returns. You'll learn the difference between drywall screws and deck screws; between faucet washers and neoprene O-rings; and between red wire nuts and blue wire nuts. And that's before we even get to understanding nail gauges and drill bit sizes.
If you've ever searched for a home strore product on the Internet, you'll nderstand the value of this book. Even the most narrow search terms yield a bewildering volume of information. The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores allows you to understand the tools and hardware that are applicable to your needs. The next time you talk to a hardware store clerk, rather than asking for "screws about 2 inches long", you'll be able to ask for a #3 gauge 2-1/4-inch-long panhead screws with SAE 5/16" flat washers. And you'll know exactly why this is what you need.
The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores is filled with color photos that let you see in lifesize scale what different screws and nails and washers and bolts are called, accompanied by brief descriptions of their recommended uses--so you'll be able to ask for them with accuracy and use them with precision.
Steve Ettlinger has been an author, editor, and book producer since 1985, and has helped create over forty books, all but two in the popular reference area. His books explain complex and daunting but common things like wine, artificial food ingredients, ethnic cuisines, beer, and DIY hardware. Ettlinger is a successful lecturer and a veteran of dozens of TV, radio, web, and print interviews.
Ettlinger has contributed to various websites, was an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and has written Op-Ed pieces for the Los Angeles Times and the New York Sun. He is an experienced lecturer at colleges and other venues ranging from Google headquarters to professional conventions. Ettlinger is a former president of the American Book Producers Association (ABPA). He was named 2012 Tech Mentor-in-Residence at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
Ettlinger has appeared on The Today Show (three times), CBS This Morning, ABC's Nightline,Good Morning America, Fox News, Montel, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Food Network (many times), and dozens of other national, syndicated, and local television and radio shows. He is happy to speak at schools of all levels, from middle school to grad school, as well as to address professional organizations. He is a regular at Pratt Institute and NYU Steinhardt graduate schools. Please contact him directly regarding any speaking engagement or television opportunity.
Philip Schmidt (Golden, CO) is an avid environmentalist and a home improvement expert who has written many successful DIY books, including Build Your Kids a Treehouse, The Complete Guide to Patios, and The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds. He lives in Golden, CO
Recommended for beginners: new homeowners and handypersons just getting started.