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Engineering Reference
Engineering & Transportation
Pocket Ref 4th Edition
Author: Thomas Glover864 pages3.2" x 5.4", softbound(Also available in Desk Size item 2072)
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67 Reddit comments about Pocket Ref 4th Edition:

u/[deleted] · 12 pointsr/Skookum

I've got a few editions, including the forth edition.

It beats Google for information clustering, even though Google has more answers. I think only Wolfram Alpha is able to match it on that.

Opened up mine to use the perpetual calendar only to flip through the trig section and end up on the section telling how to give CPR to small pets to revive them. it's crazy what's included in that thing.

u/utzi · 12 pointsr/pics

Try a Pocket Ref. It's so packed full of amazing stuff. So much information, tables, charts, graphs, conversions.... super useful.

u/drepamig · 10 pointsr/engineering

Shigley's is great for learning how to design and why you design the way you do. It's the book I used in college and still reference at work. I'm not so sure it'd be great for a novice engineer. For a more practical approach, I'd recommend a few below (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Machinery's Handbook - This is regularly seen as the [mechanical] engineer's bible. It has nearly everything you'd need to know for design. Most of the machinists used this in a shop I used to work in. Nearly every engineer in my current job (and there are a hundred or more) have a copy of this at their desk.
  2. Pocket Reference - This is kind of (loosely) like Machinery's Handbook but much more broad. It covers a little bit of everything from engineering, to vehicle maintenance, to plumbing. I like it for it's all-around information.
  3. Handyman In-Your-Pocket - this is by the same author as #2 but is tailored to the building trades. I also have this but I haven't used it much yet. Not because it's not useful, just because I haven't gotten around to it.
  4. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mech. Engineers - I have an old copy of this book from the 80s, I believe, that my dad gave to me. It is also on the same order as Machinery's Handbook, but instead of covering EVERYTHING, it goes into more depth about the topics it does cover. If I remember correctly, it covers topics ranging from how to make a weldment to how to design a power generating steam boiler and turbine.
  5. Solutions to Design of Weldments - This is a new one to me. I recently went to the Blodgett Welding Design Seminar and this was one of the reference materials they handed out. I had a few text book sized design guides by Omer Blodgett that I've often used, but this one seems to take all of the info from those books and condense it down to a handbook. Best part is that it's only $3.50 for a copy and I think (but I'm not sure) that it ships for free.

    A nice free reference manual that includes all sorts of design equations is the NCEES reference handbook. I used it back when I took my FE exam (the first exam you take before you become what's call a "Professional Engineer" in the US). It's a nice PDF to have around, though it doesn't go into a lot of explanation as to what the equations are.

    A few web resources I use are:,

    I'm sure I'll think of some more and, if I do, I'll update this post.

    Hope that helps.

u/CanadianGunner · 7 pointsr/preppers
u/mechtonia · 6 pointsr/AskEngineers

"If engineering were easy, they would have sent a boy with a note."

Seriously there aren't any shortcuts. Either you learn the fundamentals or you don't. But if you want a really good general reference book, get The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual

Other useful references:

u/tofu_bacon · 5 pointsr/tipofmytongue

You're a saint. I spent the last hour trying all sorts of searches on Amazon.

EDIT: Thanks to Snarkfish's link, I have found the 4th edition to be the exact one I was talking about.

u/TheCaconym · 4 pointsr/collapse

In terms of general knowledge, the pocket ref is also useful.

u/MGJon · 4 pointsr/amateurradio

> have survival manuals in electronic form.

Everyone should have a copy of Glover's Pocket Ref somewhere handy.

u/RedHillian · 4 pointsr/techtheatre
u/progeriababy · 4 pointsr/Skookum

There are no modern versions. There is something kind of similar though... Pocket Ref (

If you're a tinkering type, this reference book is amazing. Every millwright/machinist/DIY guy I know owns a copy.

u/wXaslat · 4 pointsr/math

Are you looking for an engineering handbook?

Pocket Ref 4th Edition

u/Fragninja · 4 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

Digital Calipers are really cool to own.

There's that book POCKET REF which is interesting, it has all sorts of information in it, lots of specific reference tables and whatnot.

If he likes to make his own projects, a gift card or shopping spree on adafruit might be cool, you could help him get set up with kit for a new project that he otherwise wouldn't do.

If you're best friends, why not do something cool together? Spend a day at the museum (maybe there's an air and space one near you), go on a wilderness adventure, stuff like that. Experiences and memories often last longer than gifts.

A really nice pen or pencil perhaps - many people like Rotring I think - you can check out /r/edc for some pretty examples. The brass and titanium machined models are extremely nice looking.

There are also some very cool rubik's cube like puzzles if he's interested in mechanical things that would make good desk ornaments - like the mirror cube or the ghost cube.

I like my leatherman style PS as an everday multitool. It doesnt have a knife so I can carry it in schools, government buildings, on planes, etc. and I've found it extremely useful. It's also the first thing I grab when I take apart something I shouldn't be on my desk.

You could also get him a high-end fidget spinner. Again, /r/edc has many different nic-nacs that they like to play with.

u/chucknappap · 4 pointsr/AskEngineers

That formula is correct.

Let me pick up my copy of Pocket Ref...

SAE J429 Grade 5 #10 bolt torqued to 4.04 ft-lbf produces a clamp force of 1,275 lbf.

u/LocalAmazonBot · 4 pointsr/pics

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u/Cypher_Aod · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Buy a copy of Pocket Ref

u/PotatoSalad · 3 pointsr/electronics
u/advicevice · 3 pointsr/guns


Definitely worth the weight. It's rather small anyways. Jam packed with all sorts of information.

u/SgtPepper1313 · 3 pointsr/prepping

I find this book to be very useful. It isn't all knowing but it has a lot of information on everything.

u/Calmiche · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I had to scan down to see if anyone had mentioned this. Quite possibly the most comprehensive and portable reference manual on the planet!

I have 3 copies. One in my toolbox, one in my car and one in my work desk.

Here's the Amazon link. Or, pick one up at Home Depot or Lowe's.

It contains, just as examples, astronomy, chemistry, carpentry, physics, mathematical formulas, maps, conversion tables, electronics, first aid, how to make glues, solvents stains and finishes. It has info about mining, mills, knot tying and how to's on surveying and plumbing. (That's about 40 pages of this 800+ page book.)

u/jeeminychristmas · 3 pointsr/entwives

if he's a reader, this is a cool, 'manly', handy book to have. My fiance specifically requested this for christmas a few years ago. it's got nearly everything in the damn thing! - it's actually pocket sized (though a little thick) and fits nicely in camp packs or work bags.

ummm...if you've got a local paintball course you could buy him a session (unless he already goes so frequently that it wouldn't really be 'special' for you to buy him one, kwim?)... orrrrr..... some new accessories related to paintballing or off-roading. that doesn't help much, i know. lol.

u/zeug666 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Just short of $10 - Pocket Ref

u/chrono13 · 3 pointsr/collapse

One book? I don't think you'll find that all in one book. Some to consider:

u/iheartrms · 3 pointsr/preppers

This one:

Pocket Ref 4th Edition

I have it. I've never had to use it but I figure it is good to have around.

It is very much facts and figures in tabular form. It won't tell you about world history or how Princess Diana died etc. Very different from Wikipedia.

u/Zediac · 2 pointsr/AskMen


National Electric Code

Haynes manuals for various vehicles

Pocket Ref(erence Guide)

Various video game guide books

u/BillDaCatt · 2 pointsr/metalworking

Here is my go to book for optimal tap and die drill sizes as well as a whole host of other technical information, formulas, and conversion tables.

Pocket Ref

Here is the Desk Ref version with larger pages.

Desk Ref

u/adaranyx · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Recipient A:

u/vvelox · 2 pointsr/EDC

The Pocket Ref covers basically a little bit of everything. I find a reason to use it at least once a week.

u/FortunateHominid · 2 pointsr/preppers

Pocket Ref

Edit: Link

u/TroyDowling · 2 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

I'm an EE, but I use this book any time I don't have access to the Internet. Bought it as a joke (Mythbusters used to talk about it all the time), but ended up loving it!

u/1corvidae1 · 2 pointsr/Construction

Is this the one you are talking about?

or are there one specific to construction?

u/acw10695 · 2 pointsr/millwrights

The Pocket Ref

Pocket Ref 4th Edition

The Machinery's Handbook

Machinery's Handbook, 29th

These two books will get you through about anything you run into.

u/knuckle-sandwich · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm a sap for personalized gifts.

What about a nice, high quality monogrammed passport holder or wallet?

Also, I just ordered this handy book for some men in my life. I figure it's a good stocking stuffer and I sense they'll use it quite frequently!

Most of my Christmas List WL is for other people...the makeup and foot spa are for me though :)

Good luck!

u/AeroWrench · 2 pointsr/bikewrench

I keep a pocket ref and an aviation mechanic's handbook in my toolbox at all times. I even have 2 of each because I used to carry them with the ton of tools I kept in my old car when I would do side jobs at other airports.

u/satcomwilcox · 2 pointsr/preppers

While not what you specifically asked for, in the same vein I would suggest keeping a copy of both the Pocket Reference and the Handymain In-your-pocket good books to have on hand for lots of different situations.

u/M0b1us0ne · 2 pointsr/prepping

Maybe not exactly this, but the "Pocket Ref"

u/NoCountryForOldPete · 1 pointr/gunpolitics

Excellent, thanks dude! I think I might actually have a copy of that FM kicking around somewhere, but who knows where it's at, so maybe it'd not a bad idea for me to pick up another. Also, if we're sharing good sources of info, look into picking up a copy of Thomas Glover's "Pocket Ref", it's tiny enough to keep in your bag, and I promise once you flip through the pages, you'll know what I mean when I say it's impossible to suggest that buying it was a mistake.

u/ArchersTest910 · 1 pointr/EDC

Pretty much everything. See here for a bit more info. Plenty of other places sell it though. You can find it on the checkout counter of many hardware stores.

u/gramathy · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Whiskey (either scotch or bourbon, but nothing expensive in case of theft or confiscation)

Various leatherman sizes (mostly for the different sized screwdrivers and knife variety)

Jerky (high in calories and doesn't go bad)

A Pocket Ref (

u/theantipode · 1 pointr/everymanshouldknow

Got mine on Amazon. You might have to ask someone who works in your local book store where it'd be, or have them look it up.

u/ImALittleCrackpot · 1 pointr/preppers

How about a Pocket Ref?

u/cschaef66 · 1 pointr/GiftIdeas

What kind of science? If they lean toward engineering, you could consider the Pocket Ref. It's a small and extremely concise manual on how to do anything. Also, it's the most popular book on Amazon.
Personally, I study Computer Science and I love science toys.

u/Vjdit · 1 pointr/DIY

This is the book used to teach students entering into carpentry and building construction where I'm at in the US:

It not only tells you how but why things are built the way they are. It gives you a primer on not only carpentry and construction but also the tools used in the trades, how to manage construction schedules (when to have electricians, plumbers, finish carpenters, etc. scheduled to show up) and how to manage construction cost (when to use engineered lumber and when not to, how to plant landscaping to mitigate heating and cooling costs, how to position the build on the lot you have to best take advantage of Sun, wind, and on and on).

It's aim is to take a complete novice and provide them with enough knowledge to start in the construction trades. Having said that, it is a bit dated so a supplimentary book with updates on the things that have changed would be a good idea to get in addition to this one. Having said that, if there is one book the vast majority of carpenters and builders in the US have read, this is the one.

I'd also get this:

u/open_water · 1 pointr/AskElectronics

The Electronics Pocket Handbook:

Handy reference I keep at work. Only issue I have with the book is the space wasted on an extremly outdated "How to use a computer" section.

I also have a copy of the Pocket Reference at my desk.

u/jt7724 · 1 pointr/videos

I'm sure this isn't what you're talking about, but it immediately reminded me of the pocket ref they seem to go for about 8 dollars and you can pick them up at most hardware stores, for anyone interested in this type of thing.

u/suihcta · 1 pointr/EDC

In rough order, starting from the upper left corner:

u/radicalpoptart · 1 pointr/aspergers

Yeah I remember having trouble with insomnia as early as 6 years old. Meditation hasn't really helped. Melatonin helps or skullcap tea. Lately what has been helping me sleep well is smoking a little bit of cannabis and reading a random chapter in the Pocket Ref

u/lumberjackninja · 1 pointr/preppers

Pocket Ref by Thomas Glover (Amazon link)

Basically a small handbook of all kinds of useful reference data, especially engineering and automotive related (need to calculate the pressure drop of a given fluid through a pipe of a given diameter flowing at a given speed? Need to re-jet a carburetor? Determine the maximum safe loading of a soft pine floor vs. an oak floor?) in addition to miscellaneous data (zip codes, how to perform CPR on babies and small animals, major poison and burn centers for your region of the US, names of various groups of animals like hamsters and crows). I got these as gifts for my groomsmen, since I prefer to give "useful" items like tools and books.

For basic (non-electronic) electrical stuff, I've heard good thing about the Navy's training materials, but I haven't read it myself.

For electronic circuits, I recommend The Art of Electronics by Horowitz & Hill. They just came out with a new version that's apparently more focused on modern digital circuitry (microcontrollers). This is the book that I used when I was learning analog circuits; it gives good descriptions of things like resistance/reactance/impedance, LCR circuits, transistors, oscillators, op-amps and other amplifiers, as well as RF circuits. I think my edition also covered some 7400 series logic and ancient microcontrollers.

u/Hredx · 1 pointr/woodworking

Carpentry and Construction, 3rd edition by John L. Feirer and Gilbert R. Hutchings - Amazon link

Cabinetmaking and Millwork also by John L. Fairer Amazon link

Pocket Reference, 4rth edition by Thomas Glover - Amazon link, Reddit thread

All books will be instantly obvious as to why they are valuable when you first open them up and look inside. Do you want to know the books your favorite YouTuber/teacher would likely have had to learn to start their woodworking paths? These were them.

u/johntclark44 · 1 pointr/EDC

I would get a book like this: Pocket Ref 4th Edition

It has all kinds of info in a small form factor.

Also some travel chopsticks or utensils.

u/Yurei2 · 1 pointr/Pathfinder_RPG

It's litteraly titled the "Pocket Ref". Le Amazon.

u/DanVade · 0 pointsr/LifeProTips
u/Shankersplash · 0 pointsr/videos