Full-colored and easy to use, The Handyman Club of America’s book Tools & Techniques is the perfect how-to book for both new builders and tinkerers as well as home hobbyists. Nearly every technique and tool people will encounter on a general basis is included, from metalworking to plumbing to various forms of woodworking. This makes it an especially helpful book to have around the house simply for those quick, weekend repair projects pop up on the radar.
One of the most impressive things about the book is its well designed layout, mixing plenty of clear photographs and diagrams with text. The text is a little small for my taste, but it does help to cram so much information into the thin, 150-page volume. All kinds of little tidbits, from the grit numbers of sandpaper to standard pipe diameters, are all in the volume as well, making it a very welcome reference book in our home.
The various tools explored within each section are likely already known by most hobbyists and workers within these industries, but they are great for a refresher—as well as for teaching children about the proper names and purposes of each tool. An easy to use index is also present at the back of the book to find information quickly.