Book Review - Popular Mechanics 75 Tools Every Man Needs: And How to Use Them Like a Pro by James Kidd
If you're at all familiar with my track record in any project that uses tools, you'd think this particular book had been written just for me... Popular Mechanics 75 Tools Every Man Needs: And How to Use Them Like a Pro by James Kidd. If I went out and purchased most of these tools (and got my kids to leave them alone), I'd be much better equipped to attempt some of my home repair projects. I'd probably still screw them up, but I'd do so professionally! :)
Forward; Before You Begin; Cutting; Tightening; Measuring & Marking; Multipurpose; Single Purpose; Index
Kidd devotes a two page spread to each tool in this spiral-bound book. On one side of the page you have a picture of the tool so you know what to look for in the store. On the other side is a description of the tool, what it's used for, why you need it, and what to look for in terms of quality when you buy it. Some of the items are a given (as in even I already have one), such as a crosscut saw or adjustable wrenches. But others are not something I'd ever considered buying, such as an impact driver or angle grinder. But once I read how it can be used around the house and shop, I could definitely see how having the tool around could be quite handy.
I personally don't think that *every* tool in here is something that you absolutely need in your toolbox or shop. For instance, I can't personally see me ever needing a pocket hole jib for "making quick, strong joints in wood." If I have a need for that, I'm really in over my head. But plumber's snake? Vice grips? Needle-nose pliers? Oh, yeah... *those* you do need.
I'll be copying down the list of the things I do need to get and have on-hand for basic repair jobs. I know I'll never be a Bob Vila, but if I pay attention to the tools listed here, I should be in much better shape than I normally am...
Obtained From: Library