Latest Book Review: Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home
Well, here are 4 things I have received in the last 6 weeks:
1. Copy of Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home
2. A cordless drill (if like me 6 weeks ago, you know nothing of these – here’s a little cordless drill guide!)
3. My fair share of chipped nails and dusty hair
4. A feeling of competence in the field of DIY
This was the 1st time I had received any of these things, and I think there may be no looking back! Ok well maybe that is a bit too far, but I have been reading through Julie Sussman‘s Dare to Repair and it is definitely a book I will be dipping in and out of for years to come I’m sure.
I received this as a present from a friend, and I am pretty sure it was bought in jest. Some sort of joke about my relationship status? Or perhaps a joke because 6 weeks ago people would have considered the very thought of me doing any sort of home repair to be hilarious. I am not well known for my handiwork skills, but as it turns out – I am exactly the sort of person this book is aimed at.
In the last few months, I have:
- Replaced a few door knobs, and put up a shelf (I am going to see how that holds up for a few weeks before I move on to ‘shelves’).
- Fixed my friend’s toilet that was leaking.
- Installed a new carbon monoxide detector.
These were all things I could never have done, but armed with this book, a few basic hand tools, a cordless drill and a whole heap of grit and determination, I actually got stuff done.
The book is written in a very easy-to-read style. The authors are well aware that the target audience will not be too well-versed in DIY terminology, so they take the time to explain each concept, and back up a lot of the info with diagrams and pictures. I found this helped me a lot as I am quite a visual learner.
My only complaint with the book is that it is written in a very girly style. Although I understand this is the theme, and it is how the book is being marketed and branded, but I couldn’t help roll my eyes any time it likened a task to ‘painting your nails’ or ‘frosting a cake’ but I understand that that’s explicitly what the author has chosen to do. If it wasn’t being marketed like that, then it’s unlikely it would have ever found its way to my house – so I guess I will let that one go.
The beauty of this book is that it takes things that probably seem scary and impossible to many women, and make then suddenly understandable, and something you can handle. I recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have endless amounts of money to hire professionals, or have a lot of handy friends.
Do it yourself. It feels good.