Best home improvement & design books according to redditors

We found 1,311 Reddit comments discussing the best home improvement & design books. We ranked the 586 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/chumpyis · 57 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Renovation 5th edition. Covers every single aspect of fixing/maintaining a house.

u/sethra007 · 34 pointsr/hoarding

> I moved out a few years ago and I couldn't figure out how everyone else kept their homes so tidy. I'd clear up, mop, throw away rubbish, bleach everything and within a week it was back to tiptoe-ing over bags of things and empty food packets and cat litter.

One of the things I realized when I first moved out on my own was that my parents had taught me how to clean, but not when to clean.

Actually, that's not quite accurate. I was taught that when it all became too much (usually about once every two to three months), to devote an whole weekend (or as much as a week during summer vacation) to an all-out, full court press approach to cleaning. Starting on Friday night there would be hours and hours of non-stop sorting, organizing, throwing away, dusting, sweeping, mopping, etc.. It meant giving up an entire weekend, was utterly exhausting, and was extremely demotivating. When I moved out on my own, I never wanted to clean when things got bad because I learned this was how you clean house.

What I eventually figured out is that the best housekeepers--once they have their house where they want it--spend somewhere between 10 and 30 minutes a day maintaining the state of the house. So rather than spending two to three days on one huge deep-cleaning rampage, good housekeepers break cleaning down into small, manageable tasks that only take a few minutes every day. Essentially, they do a handful of daily cleaning tasks, and one slightly larger cleaning task, per day.

It was like a light bulb turning on in my head. I would much rather spend 15 or 30 minutes a day tidying up than three or more days deep-cleaning every two or three months.

If you ever read the classic children's book Little House on the Prairie, you might recall Ma Ingall's housekeeping schedule:

> "Wash on Monday,
> Iron on Tuesday,
> Mend on Wednesday,
> Churn on Thursday,
> Clean on Friday,
> Bake on Saturday,
> Rest on Sunday."

If you've ever read any books on the history of housekeeping (Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson is a nice introduction to it), you'll know that the above was the traditional housekeeping schedule for much of American history. Some folks have come up with modernized versions (example), and of course I just posted one here yesterday.

The point of schedules like this is three-fold:

  1. Houses don't just magically stay clean. The best housekeeper you know works a little bit every single day to keep their house in shape.
  2. The reason that they only have to clean a little bit every day is because they have a routine to keep ahead of the cleaning and clutter.
  3. Once you develop a routine that works for you, staying ahead of cleaning and clutter is trivial. Seriously, you'll kick yourself for not having gotten a routine sooner.

    And here's a secret that I learned when I adopted a housekeeping schedule: If something happens and you can't do your routine for a day or two, your house doesn't immediately descend into utter chaos. Trust me when I tell you, it's a LOT easier to recover from missing a couple of days of small tasks that from a giant hoard.

    "Wash on Monday" is, at it's essence, the same thing as the "Starting Small" approach mentioned in the Hoarding Resource List in the sidebar. It's breaking down housekeeping into manageable tasks, saying "Today I will work on X, and only X."

    What ultimately worked for me was this:

  4. Using a housekeeping schedule very similar to the one I posted. (I don't recall where I found the one I use, but there's only very minor differences between it and the one I posted).
  5. I bought the book Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell. You can by the book used for pennies, or order the PDF version from his website.

    Campbell has owned/run a professional housekeeping service in California for decades, and their service is known for being able to clean a standard-size 1-story home in 15 minutes or less. This book breaks down their cleaning method for the homeowner--Campbell tells you what cleaning tools and chemicals to use (and why), tells you what rooms to start in (and why), tells you where in that room to start (and why), and literally walks you through how to clean an individual room. It is NOT a book of housekeeping "tips", but actual instructions on how to clean in a certain way, and why that way is both effective and efficient.

    Campbell's method is now how I clean my house, and I absolutely recommend this book to any recovering hoarder who's gotten past the retaining-items stage and is now trying to develop housekeeping skills. I will state that the very first time you try his cleaning method, it won't take 15 minutes per room because obviously you're starting out learning it. But as you continue to use it and get used to it, you will speed up considerably.

    It sounds like right now you have a lot of clutter to get rid of, but it also sounds like you know how to get rid of it and are able to let go, and that puts you WAY ahead of a lot of hoarders. Once you get your apartment back where you want it, I suggest that you:

  • get a copy of Speed Cleaning,
  • learn Campbell's cleaning method for each room,
  • and then use the housekeeping schedule above (maybe combined with this one from Molly Maids) to develop a housekeeping routine that works for you.

    Finally, if you get to a point in your recovery where you want to start exploring different housekeeping systems, please visit /r/messyhomes. The mod, /u/Bellainara has hoarding tendencies herself, and welcomes people with similar struggles. You can contact her with any questions. The intro post for /r/messyhomes is here.
u/TheNeckbeardCrusader · 30 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

I like this site quite a bit for major engine components and basics. It goes into things like firing order and octane ratings, and is a fun read if you have fifteen minutes.

This channel goes into serious detail about most of the major components of a car. He has loads of content, it's just a little dry sometimes. He also clears his throat in a somewhat abrasive way, but that's nitpicking.

/r/Cartalk and /r/Mechanicadvice are where you can direct car related repair questions, they're both very open and helpful.

If you're interested in doing your own car maintenance, I reccomend investing in a Haynes manual. They're a great resource, thorough, and reasonably priced. They're also tailored to every individual vehicle model. If you're really new, Auto Repair for Dummies is actually really helpful, I got through my first major project with that, a Haynes manual, and a shitty socket set. Hope this helps!

u/jcram587 · 28 pointsr/HomeImprovement

This is the newest version. I have it and it's awesome

u/8365815 · 23 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Here's some fuel to the fire: think aobut how many fucking years and how many fucking dollars are going to go into his therapy, that could have gone to lovely vacations, prettier clothes for you, nicer furniture, college funds for your kids, ... but they can't. Because she was a shit mother. And he needs to undo years of abuse. Multiply out all those co-pays, and think of what returns could be gotten if that was invested and the interest compounded over all the years of your marriage into your nest egg for retirement. Yeah.

Now also get over the idea that "fair" is the same as "equal". If I make less than 40K per year and my ex makes over 250K per year, is it FAIR if we split child-rearing expenses 50-50? Of course not - fair is an equitable breakdown of the bills according to ability.

Well, it's the same with ALL of yoru resources when it comes to this woman. If, thanks to her abuse, he's spending hours of his life going to therapy plus more hours processing the abuse and recovering from it, if you have to be extra patient, and understanding and a helpmate to him in dealing with his abuse, this creates an emotional debt in yrou marriage bank account. One that she fucking caused. Ditto for actual money, ditto for the time sink of all of this... so already, this bitch is TAKING from you - in real, quantifiable tangible ways. Your parents, on the other hand, are NOT. They are nice, they didn't abuse you, they create value and fill up your reserves as you support and caregive to him.

And sweetie, if she ever asks for his fucking clothes again, there aren't any to give away to her. You're about to be his wife, and the family home is YOUR HOME. Grown ass women do not come in and clean out each other closets.... learn to weed shit out on a regular basis and get rid of things by consignment, yard sales, or thrift shops. If she offers to "help" tell her "The way I learn is by hands-on doing it myself, and that's how I prefer to work."

Also, since you're just setting up housekeeping and she's able to play the "old pro" card.... go get yourself the ultimate guide to running a household: Home Comforts. That way you learn how to do everything, exactly right, from the get-go and never need her advice.

u/KerbalFactorioLeague · 18 pointsr/SubredditDrama
u/kowalski71 · 18 pointsr/AskEngineers

I do engine design for FSAE so I'll throw in a bit more info that may be relevant. Okay, first step I can advise a pair of books that will be very helpful. A Graham Bell's Four Stroke Performance Tuning does a good job of introducing science to engines and engine theory. The book that puts Science with a capital S into engines is Design and Simulation of Four Stroke Engines by Gordon P Blair.

But I'll give you a little primer on this to save you from reading. You can do a lot of nice calculations with intake tuning because speed of sound through air is relatively constant. Selecting exhaust resonances is a bit trickier because of the whole really really hot exhaust gases thing. Blair writes about 15 pages on this, in which he says, "yeah just simulate it". I wound up doing just that with Ricardo Wave and attempting to validate the results back to EGTs but you also have a temperature gradient that changes drastically through the engine cycle.

As far as resonancies, I tuned the intake hoping to see a secondary resonance. I tuned primarily for the third resonance but you can see a secondary resonance in the fourth. So I was looking at a primary resonance around 10500 RPM with a potential secondary resonance in the 8500 range, if memory serves. Deciding which resonances to go after was largely about packaging for us, 1st and 2nd resonances require such short headers we couldn't fit them in a reasonable way.

If you PM me your email address I'll send you a few good papers on organ pipe length resonance.

u/TheTim · 17 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I highly recommend How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home.

It explains all the basic home ownership maintenance stuff in very simple terms, with pictures and easy-to-follow explanations.

u/meatball07 · 16 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Electrical : Wiring a House: 5th Edition (For Pros By Pros)

u/StingrayVC · 15 pointsr/RedPillWomen

The biggest thing you need to do for yourself right now is begin to lose the weight. Learn how to eat healthily and begin to workout. Fat head and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (which streams on Netflix) were excellent starting places learning about food for me. Then hopping on the internet to do my own research.

As for working out, has a plethora of information. When you get on there, DO NOT LOOK AT THE WOMEN AND GET DEPRESSED. That won't get you anywhere and you will change nothing. Look at those women as pure potential in yourself. Start changing the way you think about things like this right now. Changing the way you think is going to be the biggest and best thing for your self and it's going to apply across the board.

Grow out your hair.

Find a girly style that you are comfortable with. Personally, I love Modcloth.

Learn to cook. Get it out of your head right now that it is at all difficult. It's not. The reason people find it difficult is because they think it's difficult. Here's and incredibly easy recipe that takes minutes. What do you want to learn to cook?

House cleaning. This is an excellent book on the matter.

Hobbies. Look for something that you like to do. Knitting, sewing, crocheting are all great. But do they interest you? If they don't, don't force yourself to do them because you think you should. It won't stick and a man will think you strange. What interests you? Don't search for traditionally feminine pursuits if there is nothing there that piques you. Find what you love and try to do it in a feminine way.

Stand up straight. Really. Small but huge.

Smile. Often. At everyone. Even heavy, people will notice a happy and pleasant woman. Your attitude means everything.

Be friendly.

Don't sleep around.

Start with these. As you begin with the big things, you'll begin to delve deeper into the nuances. But you have to work with the big before you can work further. DON"T BEAT YOURSELF UP. You. Will. Fail. It's just part of the process. Even the women doing this for years, we still fail. It's not the set back that makes it awful. Awful would be giving up because you made a mistake.

Read. Read. Read. Here and the sites on the side bar. Once you've done that, come back here and ask questions. We'd love to help.

u/dagmar31 · 13 pointsr/funny

You can get an entire book of these, its called Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

u/windblast · 11 pointsr/TwoXriders

You can definitely hit the highway with your CBR300 as long as you allow yourself to gradually get more comfortable with riding at speed. Sure, a bigger bike will have more passing power and a little bit more weight which will make it feel slightly more stable, but that extra weight has its downsides too, and it's not like the upgrade will strip away the problems you're encountering now, it would just tone them down slightly.

I remember my first time riding on a highway and how I felt the wind was pushing me all over the place, but after years of riding the thought of wind doesn't even cross my mind. What changed? Truly the change that made the biggest difference was letting the bike find its own balance instead of trying to constantly use steering inputs to react and counter every new sensation I felt on the highway. In short: I developed more faith in the ability of the bike to keep itself upright.

Motorcycles are remarkably self-stable, even your CBR300. Also, motorcycles are actually way more stable at speed than when they are puttering around town believe it or not, and I fear you might be making the mistake of overbearing the motorcycle with unnecessary steering inputs. It might sound scary right now, but if you took your hands off the handlebars at 60MPH while going straight down the highway the bike will continue heading straight, and even if a gust of wind hits you with your hands off the bars the bike will actually self correct on its own and continue heading mostly straight... I'm not saying I recommend that, I'm just trying to illustrate a point: the bike will do the heavy lifting of keeping the bike upright without any help from you at all, your job is to guide the bike with subtle steering inputs.

How can we achieve this? The big secret is not letting your arms fight eachother. Lee Parks adresses this in his book Total Control (excellent read, highly recommended); he recommends only letting one hand/arm be in charge of any given steering input. Don't push with one arm and pull with the other, instead allow one arm to be in charge of the steering input and the other just supports the action by balancing the handlebars. The goal is to relax your arms and be entirely neutral in your grip when no steering is necessary.

Once you get the hang of this you will feel like a zen master every time you hop on your bike, and you'll feel a deeper connection with your machine too because you'll realize it's not just a one-sided effort of you singlehandedly keeping the bike upright, instead it's a mutual relationship between you and your machine and you both have to hold up to your end of the bargain for it all to work out.

I hope some of this helps!

u/lee-c · 11 pointsr/bikewrench

In addition to tools, may I recommend a book such as the Park Big Blue Book or Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair. Between a book,, and YouTube, you're pretty well covered for references. Also a good companion for tear-downs: A digital camera. A picture, and a good system for organizing parts that have a specific order will save you some heartburn.

u/aliston · 10 pointsr/HomeImprovement

+1 “for pros.”

I am taking on a diy rewriting project and found this book to be quite helpful.

That said, I have a degree in electrical engineering, have taken a hands on electrical wiring class at the local community college, and I am still nervous about rewriting our house. It’s not the principles, but a knowledge of electrical codes and “how to do it right” that you might miss as a diy-er.

Right now I’m thinking of hiring someone to check over my work and to rely on the inspector as well. If others have any tips on how to do this safely, it would be much appreciated!

u/beanbrownie · 9 pointsr/Dualsport

Blaming soft springs for bottoming means you misunderstand the dark art of suspension.

Read something like this, its worth the couple bucks

Honda set up the high speed compression damping (and I would argue all damping on the bike) for general dual sport-ery, not jumping stuff. You can blame the soft spring on not getting the proper sag without setting too much preload on either front or back, I would guess they sprung it for something like the 130lbs/60kg range to cover the most number of people on the planet.

u/Tristanw94 · 9 pointsr/engineering

For aerodynamics competition car aerodynamics by Simon McBeath is good starting point for aero.
Amazon link
Competition Car Aerodynamics 3rd Edition

For engine design, I've found the tuning books to be good for a base point. The Books by A Graham Bell are good starting points
Amazon link.
Four-stroke Performance Tuning (4th edition)

I'd also recommend some of the books from the speed pro series. Should be noted there are books by bell for 2 stroke engines should that take your fancy

Transmission wise I'm not to sure. I got all my knowledge of those through practical experience and engineering maths.

Hope this helps

u/Sh1tPosterr · 9 pointsr/HomeImprovement

First, I think it's admirable what you want to do and I'm sorry for the loss of your brother.

Now, if you're serious about this, you first need go consider whether there is any point to it. If you update a room, are your parents just going to let it go to hell again?

If you decide it's worth it, you can learn to be handy. Be confident to try things, but watch videos so you understand how it's supposed to go and know your limitations. Get help with anything structural and with utilities if you're changing anything (i.e., maybe you can handle replacing an old light switch or receptacle with the same type of switch or receptacle, but don't try to rewire a whole room unless you get an electrician to inspect the work before you reenergize). In the end, it's not the end of the world if you don't make it look quite as nice as a professional might, but you don't want to burn the house down or damage the structure.

If you want to get started on the basics, keep subbed go this site for ideas and questions. If you're a total newbie, I'll recommend this book. It'll give you a solid visual representation plus a description of how the systems in a house work.

u/therealjerseytom · 9 pointsr/guns

> I know how to get my CC permit, but under what circumstances can I actually draw the thing. Do I have to be being actively attacked?

To clarify on some other comments - there's emphasis on reasonably believed to be in imminent threat of death or severe bodily harm. That jeopardy, given an attacker's ability and opportunity.

I.e. you can't just shoot someone and tell the jury, "Well I was scared, I feared for my life!" if its completely baseless.

Mas Ayoob has some good reading material on this topic.

> So I guess I want something that is relatively small (not like palm sized james bond finger gun) but that also is enough to stop say a 300+ pound dude charging at me

Just something to bear in mind, pistols - barring some massive 4+ pound .500 S&W revolver, aren't going to blow some bad guy away in one shot. Obviously its not like the movies. Handguns are convenient, light, portable, concealable - but there's a limit. Suffice to say there are a variety of calibers and ammunition types which meet the FBI reference target for penetration, along with varying amounts of muzzle energy, etc.

Worth noting - there's a reason why 9mm is fairly ubiquitous in law enforcement and the military.

In any event if you're primarily concerned about home defense, it's worth at least considering some other platforms, e.g. AR15, a 12 gauge shotgun, etc. Also worth keeping in mind that anything with sufficient energy to reasonably stop a human, is also going to reasonably rip through several walls of your home if you miss (or overpenetrate). As Ayoob I believe points out, the #1 thing is probably to plan how to get your family together in one room, barricaded, if you were to ever face a home invasion, so you're not inadvertently putting them at risk.

> Where would I go for training, and how many sessions would you say is best to be safe?

You could shoot at paper targets every week and be a great shot... and I'm not sure that would ever quite prepare someone for the reality / stress / speed / pressure of a real situation. I don't know how it is to be in that position, and I hope to never know. Maybe there's specialized training for this, I don't know.

In any event, you can for sure seek out an instructor. And I'd say at least go until you feel comfortable with whatever you get, can hit what you're shooting at, etc.

u/siberian · 9 pointsr/HomeImprovement

"Wiring a House" by Caldwell is incredibly useful for any electrical work at all. He goes over everything you need to know from 'This is how electricity works' to 'here is how to rewire your entire house to be above code and pass inspection'. Massive amounts of pictures, circuit diagrams with explanations etc. Just a great book and the standard for electrical DIY.

I rewired my entire 4 bedroom house with this as a reference and that included adding 8 or so circuits and rerouting all electrical for our major kitchen remodel.

u/inagiffy · 8 pointsr/videos

I'm in electronics too, but after 3 or so classes in circuit analysis I think I'm good. If you want a really useful learning and reference book for circuits check this out. Do note that's the 4th edition and they're onto the 5th now, but I've inspected both and they're practically mirror images of one another. Most of the stuff in there has been known for the past 100 years and isn't likely to change anyways.

u/No-Coast-Punk · 8 pointsr/cars

Unfair Advantage by Mark Donohue. A fascinating look into what it takes to really and truly excel in the world of racing. Awesome stories.


Forced induction performance tuning. A fairly math heavy book as to how to make boosted engines really work. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued, so it's quite expensive to find a copy. It's really worth paying the money for a used copy if you are going to be doing a big forced induction build.

Four Stroke Performance Tuning. Same author as above. Still in print. Good info about NA engine building.

Street Rotary. A really good intro to rotaries with very solid technical info.

u/arizona-lad · 8 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I like Reader's Digest. Well written and designed for people without a lot of experience:

u/slugposse · 7 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The Fanny Farmer Cookbook is an excellent source not just for recipes, but for instruction on basic techniques that recipes will assume you know--like what it means to fold in egg whites, for example.

Home Comforts goes in depth on hows, whys, and different schools of thought about housekeeping. It's a bit on the intellectual side, which will appeal to some people more than others.

If you need help in creating housekeeping routines, staying on task, or digging yourself out of a mess, the Flylady website or her books might work for you, but not everyone responds to her writing style which in on the bossy, "keeping it real, y'all" side.

u/SutekhRising · 7 pointsr/motorcycles

Good choice for a first bike. But its important to understand that you need to respect the machine and what its capable of.

There are plenty of resources here that can help you. First thing first, take the MSF course. This will give you the best start on riding a motorcycle. They will teach you a lot of the very basic fundamental principles that you need to know to ride safely. Dont skimp on this detail. It will definitely help you in the long run.

Second, start reading. I recommend "Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Wello" by David Hough. This is a good book to start with.

After that, - and once you've read through the first book at least twice - look into "Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques". This is a good second book to pick up and commit to memory.

As for gear, I wouldnt trust a $50 helmet. It may work perfectly for you. It may even be comfortable. But in a crash, when you need it to perform at its absolute best, you get what you pay for. Im not saying you should go out and buy an $800 Shoei or something, but the helmet is not somewhere you should be skimping on protection.

The jacket and gloves look fine. As for the boots, I've been using cheap Chinese knock-offs of American combat boots. They are all leather, go up mid calf and with tall socks, I fold the top of the sock over the top of the boot to keep the laces tied. Definitely not something you want to get caught in the gears.

And read this forum (and all motorcycle forums) with a grain of salt. In other words. There are plenty of opinions out there. Some of them good, some of them bad.

And then, practice, practice practice!

u/j-blizzle · 7 pointsr/E30

I'd recommend:

  1. buying a bentley e30 manual

  2. Buying a decent mechanic tool set, I just bought a 450 piece one off sears for $250 but any good rated amazon one for $70-$120 should do for basic stuff

  3. Register on a good e30 forum like and look at the diy guides and info there
u/Aminalcrackers · 7 pointsr/E30

I'd recommend [e30 zone] ( for learning about the models.

As far as fixing them, a crowd favorite is the [Bentley Service Manual] (
As fair warning, you need to understand that your e30 will break down and there will be periods of time where it's out of commission. You should have a secondary form of transportation. Even though some e30s can be obtained for cheap, the amount of work you might have to put into them can easily be worth double the vehicle. If you don't know how to work on cars, and don't know anyone who will help you work on it, then an e30 or other classic probably isn't the right genre of vehicle for you. However, if you have the willpower, it is a wonderful car to own and maintain.

u/Toolaa · 7 pointsr/Firearms

I assume you mean home defense. I’m not familiar with CA laws but I suspect that getting a Concealed Carry permit is a rather difficult process.

So for home defense either caliber would be effective. But there are some things you may want to consider before buying. Assuming you are choosing between the two calibers you me mentioned.

The brand, size, cost of the gun is less important than your ability under stress to fire at your target and get a first round hit in a critical area.

Think about that statement carefully because it really matters. So your ability to build up your skill level, comfortability, muscle memory and situational awareness with your chosen firearm must be priority number one when preparing to defend yourself.

You build those skills through a lot of practice and discipline. Unless money is not a problem for you, you should plan on firing at hundreds of rounds per practice session at the range. The cost of ammo is a factor then, so thats one good reason to choose 9mm.

Now when getting to the type of gun. If it’s for home, meaning you are not carrying this thing on your belt every day, bigger with more the most rounds your state will allow in the magazine is better. A full size gun with roughly a 5” barrel would be a good start. Something like a CZ 75B is not a bad starter. It’s all steel which helps reduce the felt recoil. You cant go wrong with a Glock G17 either, but there are many more good sub $650 options.

If you can swing the extra $100 get a set of Tritium Night Sights.

Lastly if you are a new gun owner I recommend reading either or both of these great books about defending yourself.

Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense Ayoob Massad


The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide to the Armed Citizen

Good Luck during your journey

u/skamania · 7 pointsr/bikecommuting

I love recommending this book(bicycling magazine's complete guide to bicycle maintenance) every time someone has a beginner maintenance issue. It explains everything in a very logical and easy to understand manner. I went from using wd40 on my chain to building up my first bike from the frame up with this thing. It will answer pretty much any question you'll have and will give you a greater appreciation of your fantastic whirly machine.

u/ITchick2014 · 7 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Some things I would do in addition to changing locks and a deep clean...

Test out and explore the circuit breaker. Know what does what outlets/lights/etc.

Replace all of the smoke detectors if you don't know how old they are. Most are only rated for 10 years. Get a CO combo unit as well. Could save your life later. Pick up a fire extinguisher as well and check it whenever you check your fridge filter (or furnace filter if the fridge doesn't have water filter).

Clean your oven. Always good to have a fresh start.

Have stained woodwork? Invest in a wax stick and stain marker that matches the existing trim to repair any nicks and scratches that happen when you move in :)

Most importantly...remember there is no rush on many repairs. Water is something best repaired as soon as discovered...but little things you may find annoy you (like the off-white outlets and switches) are things you can tackle whenever you deem fit. Owning a home is not as difficult as many people make it out to be. You already have found a good resource. Here is another one I would suggest:

Most of all...enjoy your home. Remember to relax and share it with others...especially those you care about. Wish you the best!

u/lacrimosoPraeteritus · 6 pointsr/AskElectronics

I don't think you can get by on one book, and I definitely don't think you'll get the "hands on" and theory in one book either. Then there's digital and analog.

You could start with, a kind of online book. They were alright for me when i started off, but that was a couple years ago. If you want an academic intro to circuits, you could try to look up your nearby university's intro to electronics course and see what book they use (mine used [this]

I'd recommend the academic approach if you want to go to advanced territory, you'll need to learn trigonometry, how to differentiate and integrate. As well as some differential equations and linear algebra.

If you're trying to do this on a budget, you could always buy an older addition of an academic book. The fundamentals usually doesn't change much between editions. You could try the schaums outline books on Circuit Analysis as well, they are cheap. I can't vouch for their accuracy though.

u/Call_Me_Hobbes · 6 pointsr/FSAE

I'd say to keep remembering that what you're trying to set up is a student run business. Pretend you're Elon Musk trying to tell people how electric is the next best thing in the automotive market, which may be true, but the public (and more importantly, endorsers such as the school) are not going to be swayed easily without proof of concept.

Before I go on, I was the president of the VCU FSAE team in Richmond, VA up until last month (June 2017). The team was in the same predicament as yours 10 years ago, and was getting threatened with the discarding of the half-finished vehicle up every other year until our first competition at Lincoln 2017 (for internal combustion). Richmond is the capital of Virginia, so I'm very familiar with the difficulties of building a vehicle in the city as you've described above. That being said, the information I'm providing is from a team that didn't pass the Noise/Kill-Switch tests at tech inspection, and I'm probably going to be one of the least experienced people to respond to this thread.

Start with looking at the paperwork required for competition, particularly the Business Logic Case. Here, you outline your goals for the vehicle and why you want to build it in the first place and who you will sell it to. Do you want to make the car cheap and market it to a broader, lower income market? Or do you want to make a high cost vehicle which comes with options such as paddle shifting, adjustable front and rear wings, and a carbon fiber monocoque. Every design decision that is made on the car after deciding on your market and budget needs to coincide with the Business Logic Case, which you are allowed to modify if the team decides that they want to market differently for whatever reason. The car should be designed around the Business Logic Case, and we messed up by designing our Business Logic Case around the car, and that's why I want to mention this so strongly.

From there, you'll probably want to assign a few people who have taken their economics/business courses to start on the presentation. There are a lot of things in the presentation that the judges love to see, such as factory layouts, tooling requirements, and labor costs that take a lot of time to prepare and assess accurately.

Design work can start alongside the Presentation, beginning with the chassis. There are a few key points I'd like to throw in first:

  1. Have a full 3D model of the entire car before building or ordering anything, unless it's for proof-of-concept or school presentation purposes and can be stored in your student org society room.

  2. Leave yourself a lot of space inside the chassis to work. Leave large tolerances and assure that everything will fit and be able to slot in to its spot. It also helps your team from getting frustrated when you learn that you'll have to drop the engine for the 5th or 6th time this month.

  3. There is a "standard" chassis outlined in each chassis sub-section in the rulebook, and I highly recommend starting with this, as it is guaranteed to pass in the Structural Equivalency Spreadsheet. (Note: The same applies for the Impact Attenuator and Impact Attenuator Data Sheet. A standard one does not require real-world testing results).

  4. Keep as many mechanical items in the car as possible. I would not advise creating paddle-shifters, traction control elements, or any other systems that cannot be fixed with duct-tape, JB Weld, or zip ties at competition. I don't really agree with the decision to go electric for your first car, but even still, there will be more people who can work on mechanical elements in the vehicle instead of electrical elements, simply because electrical vehicles are not the norm in industry yet.

  5. Every system needs a design and cost report!!! Being a first year team, it's going to take forever to get your first car driving. Make sure that every design on the car has a report that outlines why the design team made certain decisions that what the results of their analyses were. A full bill of materials will also need to be done upon the completion of each system. Just make sure that no significant information is lost when people inevitably begin to graduate from your school and your team.

  6. Make sure that every parameter in the Design Spec Sheet is known before a particular system design is "completed". There are a lot of weird values that they want, and it's very likely that only the people who worked on that system of the car will be able to fill in the blanks.

  7. Don't use or buy any parts that aren't free or discounted. This was something I asked a lot of teams about at Nebraska, and pretty much all of them abided by this.

    So as a summary, compile all the paperwork that you'll require for competition, and begin working on it as soon as you can. It should go something in the starting order of:

  8. Business Logic Case
  9. Design Report (from each team, and then compile and shorten to the 6-page FSAE version)
  10. Design Spec Sheet
  11. Structural Equivalency Spreadsheet
  12. Cost Report
  13. Impact Attenuator Data Sheet

    With all of this completed, you should be able to make a very solid case to anybody at the school for building space. I encourage you to keep trying to get work space as you put together the virtual stuff in the vehicle however.

    I will leave these resources as well for you to look through:

  14. Emily Anthony's "Key points for a successful Formula SAE team" article
  15. Carroll Smith's Engineer to Win, Tune to Win, and Prepare to Win books. Everyone on the team should read these as soon as possible before the design of the car starts or gets too far in.

  16. FSAE Forum Book List. Encourage team members to look here to order books before beginning design work on the vehicle. Chassis team members order books on structural components, intake/exhaust get books like Four Stroke Performance Tuning, and etc.

    Good luck, and let me know if you have any other questions!
u/savedby0 · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

The Reader's Digest "Complete Do It Yourself" book is pretty handy to have. link to amazon.

Good illustrations and covers a huge amount of material for your home.

EDIT: This is the one I have and not only is it really helpful but also very informative when making new purchases. I buy this as a gift for whenever my friends get a house.

u/Rhenthalin · 6 pointsr/news

You should really read that book I mentioned he addresses that case specifically.

Edit: Link

u/MrTheorem · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

The Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual is a pretty awesome and comprehensive book to have around. The most recent edition was edited by the editors of Family Handyman magazine.

I started subscribing to Fine Homebuilding when I bought a house. Even though it's pitched to architects and builders, it has several how-to articles that are intelligently written accessible to all. It's not like they're trying to teach an electrician about circuits, but instead, for example, it'd be carpenters learning about circuits. Reading it over the years has definitely made me more aware of many aspects of my home.

u/bloobal00 · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

my uncle gave me an old copy of his from the 80s when i moved into my house a couple years ago. some of the things like electrical are outdated but a lot of it is still relevant. it makes all of these big projects sound doable, even for someone like me who can’t drill a screw in straight.

i believe the most current edition on sale for only $24 on amazon right now.

u/eqtitan · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I've watched tons of youtube and I've started reading this book.
Renovation 5th Edition:...

u/yoyobye · 6 pointsr/motorcycles

I'd go for something more like this...

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance

I thumbed through it the other day, and it looks like a good overview of motorcycle maintence. I'd use it, and also get the repair manual specific to the bike you purchase to restore.

The books recommended here are not as much motorcycle repair and maintenance as philosophy and how enjoyable it is to wrench on a bike.

u/SlidePanda · 5 pointsr/motorcycles

Yep - sounds like you're probably past a lot of the on-bike portions of the BRC. But there is some valuable class room stuff for someone who's not ridden on the streets.

Lucky for you the BRC course book is online - bam:

Another couple books that are worth looking at
David Houghs - Proficient Motorcycling

And Lee Parks - Total Control

I like Parks descriptions of the more technique oriented content. But Houghs book covers a lot of road/traffic survival techniques that are touched on lightly or not at all in the Parks book

u/jmkogut · 5 pointsr/motorcycles

A Twist of the Wrist and A Twist of the Wrist 2 oh and Total Control. These books are amazing.

u/[deleted] · 5 pointsr/Frugal

The transmission shouldn't have much to do with your car starting.

First, in what ways does your car start funny?
-Could be the battery
-Could be the starter
-Could be a clogged injector
-Could be many inexpensive things that many people think will be bigger than it is.

Second, in what way is your transmission acting funny?
-Is it slow to shift?
-Does it shift hard?
-Does it have fluid?

The first thing I would do is learn a little about basic car maintenance. I know it all seems so complicated, but from someone who has at times in my life had to fix my car if I wanted to go anywhere just know this; there are very few car mechanics who are also MENSA Members. It is a different kind of intelligence all together but, with a little bit of effort everyone capable of driving a car, can learn how to fix one. I know you said you don't have tools or a garage, but stay with me here.

I always take people for their word when buying cheap cars. I have literally purchased cars for $200 that the previous owner told me that the transmission was "going out". At $200 I can turn a profit no matter what, so it's always a good buy. But every now and then I'll buy one and once I've gotten it home I've simply put transmission fluid in and bam! Transmission fixed! It's amazing, really. So I've bought cars that could have sold for $1,500-$2,200, but the owners didn't know enough to check the transmission fluid.

There can be other issues with the transmission, for sure, but honestly unless you've abused it (you know things like constantly shifting into drive while still rolling backwards/ driving without fluid) I would assume it's likely not going out. It could be, but I doubt it.

The starting thing I would put a large sum of money that it's your battery. You can take your battery into a autozone and have them test it, it might just fix that entire issue.

I view vehicles differently than most people I know a 2005 Chevy Cobalt with 120,000 miles is still pretty new, if you have in fact been changing the oil. My truck has 220,000+ and I feel like it's just getting started. IMO, your car isn't getting old. You may want a new one, but if you ask me it isn't the frugal decision.

The frugal decision is to buy some tools, like these.. Buy a book, like this one and last but not least get a manual specific to your vehicle, like this one..

With those things you're into it for less than $100 and with the knowledge you'll gain from doing simple things, like learning to change the oil, to swapping out the serpentine belt, and bolting on a new alternator, you'll end up saving thousands in your lifetime. And in time you'll gain confidence and start to do more and more.

My first project was changing my own oil, my second I put in a new thermostat, my third was an alternator, my fourth was a coil pack, and my knowledge and skill has improved with each one. I swapped a transmission a little over a year ago in my truck. My girlfriend at the time thought it was silly that I wanted to do it myself (her uncle owns a dealership, she tends to throw cars away for new ones) so I had her call a repair shop. They quoted her more than $3000 to put in a used transmission. I put in my own used transmission for $350. I did it all laying in a parking lot, without a garage using only hand tools (much like the ones I linked you to). It took longer, I got really dirty, it was frustrating and really, really hard, but at the end of the day I saved more than $2,500.

I've written you a book here, but it's because I think far too often people make excuses instead of just admitting that they want a new car. If you really want the new car, that's fine go for it! However I won't tell you it's a frugal decision because it probably is not.

u/phtcmp · 5 pointsr/TinyHouses

Dont know the background/skill level/target audience you are looking for, but I found this pretty invaluable over the years:
Complete Do It Yourself Manual
It’s a pretty good walk through on all home systems in general. May be more basic than what you are looking for. I’ve got some pretty ancient books on carpentry and framing as well, the general concepts have changed little.

u/assramajama · 5 pointsr/CCW

If you're looking for further insight on this issue, massad ayoob's most recent book has a section on defensibility of "large" caliber weapons. Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense

u/conservativecowboy · 5 pointsr/TinyHouses

I am a contractor. I have only seen one book from tumbleweed and was not impressed. This was years ago, so perhaps later editions improved, but the one I saw had almost no detail and certainly not anywhere near what a novice needed.

If you have no experience building, I'd suggest The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling. It has detailed photos and drawing.

If you're still interested in some construction books, Renovation is written for remodeling, but it has some really interesting work-arounds.

u/neverJamToday · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Not something people necessarily think of as a "tool" but for anyone looking to take their homeowner game to the next level:

The Reader's Digest Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual

Beyond that, people seem to be covering a lot of stuff, so I'm going to throw some I haven't seen yet that are lifesavers when you need them and not easily "fudged" with some other tool:

  • Nail sets (you can fudge this but they're like $3, worth it)
  • Drill bit stops (you can get by without these, but they're a headache-saver)
  • Retaining ring pliers (seriously, there is NO substitute for these)
  • Long-nose electrician's pliers (not strictly necessary, but will make any wiring job 1,000x faster and easier)
  • Rubber mallet (honestly surprised I didn't see this one on there)
  • Curb key (One of those once-in-a-blue-moon things to need, but if you don't have one, you're calling a plumber.)
  • Tamper (although depending on the scenario, you might be better off renting a gas tamper when you need one)
  • Rope, ratcheting straps, bungee cords, velcro wraps, zip ties, carabiners and other clips, etc. (as much as you can manage to store. There is never not a need for this stuff.)
u/jspurlin03 · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Family Handyman magazine is a good one for the stage you’re at. Sign up for their email list of tips; I have and often find something useful in their newsletter emails.

Familiarizing yourself with the basic tools you need — various simple manual hand tools and their use, simple power hand tools and their use — that is a good first step.

Learning to use tools in the proper way will prevent you from inadvertently making some ill-advised-but-common mistakes, and will help keep you safe in the meantime. (For example— Could one use a flathead screwdriver as a rock chisel? Perhaps. Should you? No, and there are reasons for that and better tools for the job.)

Books like this one:
The Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual Newly Updated

Should be a good starting point. They’ll cover the basic ways houses are plumbed, wired, and some of the basic building techniques.

If you’re planning to do electrical work around your house, I’m going to highly recommend a non-contact voltage tester because it can tell you when a switch still has electricity live to it. I have a couple of weird wiring configurations (multiple breakers used in the same junction box, from three-way light switches) in our 2015 house, and my tester has saved me from risking getting shocked a couple of times. Being careful is also key, but that sort of tester is a good thing to have.

u/Ferrisimo1701 · 5 pointsr/ftm

This book has really great reviews:

Also I second the Youtube suggestion! My 70 year old step dad who isn't great at home improvement and is even worse with computers successfully repaired our washer with the help from Youtube.

u/Kizartik · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

>Renovation by Michael Litchfield

Looks like a new edition is going to be released May 7, 2019.

u/SuaveGerardo · 4 pointsr/utarlington

When I took it a year ago, the examples were sparse and it felt like the course didn't keep up with the labs. In the first week and a half, we were covering physics fundamentals, the syllabus, and the professor's standards in class and in the lab we jumped straight into voltage and current dividers. We had three or four homework assignments and IIRC there was a single circuit in each homework.

My advice is to get a really good fundamentals of electrical engineering book and work as much of that book as possible. I used this book and I found it very helpful. It would be a good idea to watch EE videos on YouTube as well. EEVblog, GreatScott, ElectroBOOM, and bigclive are all good resources.

u/petricup · 4 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

This is what I used for Electric Circuits I. I'd say it was pretty good (and obviously covers all that).

u/mengwong · 4 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I grew up in a household where the chores were always done by somebody else. When I started living on my own, I had plenty of motivation, but lacked knowledge. Home Comforts, by Cheryl Mendelson fixed that; the first few chapters talk inspiringly about why and how to clean and tidy. If your housemate / partner isn't evil, merely chaotic, and is open to new input and is capable of self-re-programming, then that book just might do the trick.

u/mad8vskillz · 4 pointsr/SVRiders

that's not how it works. with preload, you set sag and put the spring in a working range. You don't, however, change how stiff it is in any way. nor the ride height. a spring is going to have the same stiffness whether it's compressed or relaxed.

the only way it can "make the bike stiffer" is if you a) compress the spring to the point of binding up and you're riding on a dead spring or b) preload to past your weight. either way you'll have 0 rider sag and it will ride like shit but that's about it.

check out the racetech suspension bible for a much better explanation than I can type out.

u/therm · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I've been doing my own home maintenance and repair for about forty years, and I think these Readers Digest books -- here and here -- are very good. I've used them through multiple editions, and I bought them for my son-in-law when they bought their first house.

Some specialized topics (like gas fireplaces) receive only the most superficial treatment, but that's inevitable in books like these. One thing you'll learn is when to try something yourself and when to call someone. For instance, I've hooked up gas stoves and dryers, but when it comes to working with the gas lines themselves, I'd rather pay someone who knows what he's doing. And so far I haven't asphyxiated anyone or blown anything up.

Anyway, those are the books I've recommended to quite a few people. Good luck.

u/boboTjones · 4 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Nearly everything you want to do, you can find a video for. But I've gotten a lot of mileage out of these books:

u/qweltor · 4 pointsr/CCW

Some gaps that I see:

  • Firearms instruction. Having competent feedback from an experienced instructor will do more for your skill improvement than infinate hours of watching YouTube videos/DVDs or reading articles/books. This is both in firearms skils/marksmanship and for the more "tactical" stuff.

  • Legal instruction about deadly force and use of force. Attend a MAG-40 or -20 course (Rules of Engagement for the Armed Citizen, by Massad Ayoob Group), or a Law of Self-Defense seminar by Andrew Branca. Both instructors have content in book form (Deadly Force, LoSD, or even Kindle), but they lack in instructor interaction.

    > but I watch people like Colion Nior shoot and realize I have allot to go

    They have had the advantage of years of additional practice.

    Be a safe shooter, become a moderately skilled shooter (8" groups @ 7 yds), then test your skill by taking advantage of a local competition. Steel Challenge is mostly shot stationary (draw and shoot). IDPA & USPSA adds some movement to the draw & shoot. You need a pistol, a holster and a couple of magazines to get started.

    To add:

  • Learn to Call Your Shots

  • Make sure the sight doesn't move when the hammer/striker fires (you can practice this without ammo, then validate at the range with live-fire)
u/trigger_pull · 4 pointsr/CCW

Well thank you very much. I've taken a law-oriented CCW class at my local range and read a couple books on the subject by Massad Ayoob, plus some input by firearms instructors. I felt it was extremely important to get a handle on the legal (and many would also say moral) issues surrounding lethal force in self defense.

Ayoob in particular takes you through the whole process of a justified shooting, from the selection of gear, to training and readiness, to proper assessment of a situation, and to the legal aftermath. He's been an expert witness on many, many lawful shooting cases, is a part-time LEO, and an officer-prosecutor in NH. In his books, he mostly focuses on case law, which is much more informative than a simple reading of 'black letter law.' I highly recommend Deadly Force.

u/indigoblue1 · 4 pointsr/Parenting

Snap circuits seem to have already been recommended!

So I suggest this book. Mini weapons of Mass Destruction.

While my brother wasn’t autistic - this was his bible for a couple years. He has tackle boxes and various organizers full of different materials to build stuff with.

u/N3O9Pr · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Some books previously recommended on this sub:

“A Practical Illustrated Trade Assistant on Modern Construction For Carpenters-Joiners, Builders-Mechanics, and all Wood Workers.”

Do-It-Yourself Housebuilding: The Complete Handbook. by George Nash.

Also, Old This Old House and/or Ask This Old House episodes that cover framing may be valuable to you. JLC and are likely to have some beneficial tid-bits of wisdom when you start formulating you're own queries.

u/Do_Work_Son · 3 pointsr/eebooks

Personally, as a current(lol EE jokes) EE undergrad I like to use a lot of reference material that have tons of examples that are worked out so I can not only check my answers, but check my logic as well.

I would highly, highly recommend <Fundamentals of Electric Circuits> - <Charles Alexander and Matthew Sadiku>. I use this book even now in my senior year. There are lots of helpful examples that step you through every iteration of the circuit analysis process. I love this book and I think this will definitely ease you back into electrical engineering.

As a side note, it's very easy to find a pdf of this book online. PM if you're interested in the book, but not necessarily the price;)

u/trialbytrailer · 3 pointsr/findareddit

I've heard great things about the book, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House.

u/lukeatron · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

You should try only doing your steering input with the arm on the inside of the turn. Trying to steer with both arms means you're going to be needlessly flexing a lot of muscles as your arms try to fight each other. By steering with one arm the bars will feel a whole lighter and your outside arm will stay relaxed and free to work the controls with more dexterity. It also lets the wheel move slightly as is it responds to the road through the turn. Nothing on the road is going to try and rip the bars from your hands mid turn so just let them wiggle as they like (dirt is a different story).

The first time you try this, do it somewhere nice and open because you might find the bike turning in more quickly than you're used to. I was actually quite surprised at how much easier it made turning the bike. It feels like you shaved 100 pounds off your machine. It reduces fatigue substantially as well.

For attribution, I learned this technique from the book Total Control by Lee Parks. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Edit: the second review on that amazon link mentions this exact technique and reviewer's amazement with it's effectiveness.

u/khafra · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Space does not permit all the tips I've learned by reading this, this, this, this, and this.

But, briefly:

  • watch out for "edge traps"--where road work or a 2x4 in the street or anything similar can catch your tire and turn it to the side.

  • go somewhere safe, not on the road, and practice. Learn how hard you can apply your brakes, and how to ease off the back as you apply the front. Set up cones and practice various kinds of turns.

  • look far ahead, look all around, predict what other vehicles are going to do in one second, two seconds, five, ten.

  • Three words: Shots and wheelies.
u/thtanner · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

Check out Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch.

Also Total Control by Lee Parks.

u/Aragorn- · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

How is leaving your foot on the lever relevant to proper shifting technique? That's like me saying you shouldn't use your clutch because someone had their hand on it for X miles with it partially engaged on the highway and they burned it out.

Of course it's going to cause wear on the transmission, everything causes wear. As I mentioned, properly preloading will make it smoother and cause less wear on the transmission.

>"Press your foot down with just slightly less force than that needed to engage the next gear. Next, quickly roll off the throttle approximately 25 percent of its twisting range. When this happens, the torque force on the transmisssion will temporarily unload, and the preloaded shift lever will now snick into the next gear. For regular shifts at less than full throttle, a simultaneous, light stab of the clutch will help ease this process. For full-throttle 'speed shifting,' no clutch is necessary. In fact, it's actually harder on the transmission to use the clutch in this type of situation than to just let the loading forces do the job." - Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques by Lee Parks

Likewise I'm not trying to convince you to do otherwise. I just want to prevent the spread of misinformation to whoever else may be reading this thread.

u/jameson71 · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

Don't think there is a video for this one, but "Total Control" is the other book I've heard highly recommended:

u/Elucivape · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

Attention to detail and the bible should see you through.

u/UrbanEngineer · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

Modern version of the one you mentioned.

Got the modern one :).

Also recommend the Race Tech Suspension Bible. There is much to learn.

u/testmule · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

You can find the same info online, just not likely all in one place.

Skill, All depends on how in depth one wants to get and what each persons skill level actually is. Still, it's good info to know that every rider should have.

Another good resource

u/lollitics · 3 pointsr/POLITIC

you're a fucking idiot LOL. Sea_Still is officially illiterate. here's a book on teaching kids how to read for dummies, it's about $16 so I'm sure you can skip out on some meth for a bit so you can afford it!


here's another one for you, some easy to read books for beginners. after some practice you can probably learn to read the reports rather than listening to morons talking on AM radio.

u/AutoBach · 3 pointsr/cars

I'll take the low hanging fruit on this one. This book will get you started. After that you might consider getting a Chilton or Haynes manual for your daily driver and take on some basic maintenance for yourself when it comes due.

u/baldylox · 3 pointsr/childfree

A '65 Mustang is virtually identical to my Falcon. Same drive trains, same chassis, same everything. The only difference is the body and the interior.

My wife had a 2005 Mustang for a long time, but we recently traded it in and got her a brand new Toyota Rav4 Limited. I like it a lot more. The newer Mustangs are uncomfortable and gas hogs. A '65 Mustang with a little 170 i6 in it will get ~25 MPG. That's all you can ask out of a classic. Of course, Mustang people usually want a 289 V8. I like a straight 6. Very easy to work on.

Buy this book:

Absolutely perfect for a beginner with a '65 Mustang. You may also appreciate that the author is a woman. Most of the book is written around the author's own 1965 yellow Mustang, 'Tweety Bird'. At least the 1st edition is. I've never seen the 2nd edition.

You're not going to learn how to rebuild your whole drive train in this book, but it covers basic repairs and maintenance on virtually every other part of the car.

After 20+ years of repairing my own cars, I pretty much know what I'm doing, but I started out a long time ago with a modest collection of tools, a 1975 Pontiac Ventura, and this book.

After you learn the basics, you'll find that 95% of mechanics is correctly diagnosing the problem and having the confidence in yourself that you can do it. Repairing a vehicle yourself is very satisfying, and you know that it was done correctly.

Even if you have no interest in repairing a car yourself, knowledge is power. If you can diagnose the problem yourself, no mechanic is going to talk you into a whole new engine when all you need is a water pump. On a '65 Mustang that's a $35 problem if you do it yourself.

u/cariusQ · 3 pointsr/TrueFrugal

Great tips! Few things I want to add.

  1. Read your owner's manual! There is usually a section on scheduled maintenance and what need to be done at certain mileage. When in doubt, always trust the owner manual.
  2. Don't change your oil at 3000 miles! Read the manual. Most newer car within last ten years could go up to 5000 miles before oil change.
  3. Use youtube for simple repair! Most car problems can be DIY if you follow instructions on youtube. Look up Eric the Car Guy.
  4. Keep your repair receipts! Let's face it, most of us can't remember what's for lunch last week let along what repair we had done on our cars. Keep the repair receipts so you'll know what was done on your car.

  5. Do not go to Jiffy-Lube for service! I bought my car used, the previous owner kept all her service receipts from Jiffy-Lube. I can't believe how much Jiffy-Lube ripped off the previous owner with useless repairs and using incorrect fluid for my car. I have to undo some of the services performed at Jiffy-Lube.

  6. When in doubt, ask questions! Try /r/cartalk or /r/MechanicAdvice. I also highly recommend Auto Repair for Dummy just for general knowledge.
u/GuntherMontez · 3 pointsr/stickshift

When I was in my twenties, I bought an '87 BMW 3 series from a friend of a friend for $800, it had 146K miles and needed a lot of work, which included: the muffler had a 5 inch hole (the car was loud enough to set off car alarms when driving by); the center support bearing was broken which resulted in the drive shaft causing an unnerving thump-thump-thump between the front seats when accelerating from a stop; the front brake pads were so far gone, the squealing of the brakes was slowly turning into just a metal-on-metal grating sound; the hood release cable was broken, the hood could only be opened by knowing the right spot in the front grill to insert a long screwdriver and twist to release the hood.

I'd been driving stick-shift cars since I was 16, but I had never tried to work on a car until this one. I bought the Bentley manual, watched videos, and talked to my friends that had e30 BMWS. I bought some tools, I found some sites that sold parts for reasonable prices, and was able to teach myself enough to repair most of the issues myself over an 8 month period. Despite all the the problems the car had when I bought it, the engine was still strong and in good condition. Once I had most issues fixed, I was constantly telling myself that a car this old had no right being this much fun to drive.

So, while I'm not really giving a direct suggestion on which way you should go, I just wanted to relate my experience of how much fun it was to learn how to work on a car using an e30 BMW (without it getting too overwhelming). And if you're not looking for a pristine e30, they can definitely be found for under $5K.

u/saintdev · 3 pointsr/BMW

According to the Bentley Service Manual (you really should get one of these, even if you don't plan on doing the work yourself) section on the driveshaft:
> Repair kits for the universal joints may be available, but it is not common practice to repair the universal joints on BMW driveshafts, and there are no BMW-recommended repair procedures. Worn or damaged universal joints usually require replacement of that section of the driveshaft.

u/rlaw68 · 3 pointsr/Assistance

If you're trying to figure out how to do a bunch of DIY repairs, you could do a lot worse than dropping 7 bucks on this book -- I got this after we bought our first house and it was a huge help in figuring out how to do stuff that I had no experience with. Good luck to you!

u/DWShimoda · 3 pointsr/MGTOW

> This post is EXACTLY what I need and what I was looking for.

I kind of thought so.

Keep in mind with things like building (woodworking, carpentry, electrical, plumbing etc) -- I'm not saying you need to become some "master" of any of it, not even in fact to the level of "journeyman" or "apprentice"...

Rather I'm saying even just 12 year old kid-level "fucking around" -- being able to semi-competently pound some nails with a hammer, confidently cut boards with a hand saw (and power saw), drill some holes, replace an electrical outlet or swap out a sink faucet, etc.

In addition to "boys" activity books... which would be like "primers" for someone just learning how to read; well once you've done say 1/2 of the projects/activities in that "Dangerous Boys" book...

You pick up something like one of those "Reader's Digest Fix It Yourself Manual" books -- lots of pictures and LOTS of (simple/basic) advice on repairing things around the home (or even apartment).

>Basically I was raised to be nice.

Basically you were raised as a GIRL -- or worse, a wussy-mangina.

(No offense intended by the way -- and you're hardly alone in that -- much of your generation is like that, even boys WITH fathers & "intact" families... it's just the "paranoid helicopter parent" way.)

IMO only way to fix it is get out there and start DOING some of the "dangerous" (but not really) stuff that your (ignorant, idiotic, female -- but I repeat myself) mother prevented you from doing.

u/Tam212 · 3 pointsr/CCW

The laws regarding deadly force should be codified in the laws and statutes of your state. These would inform you as to whether shooting someone is justifiable or unjustifiable.


There are 5 principles to to keep in mind regarding self-defense. You must satisfy all of these conditions.

  • Principle 1: Innocence.
  • Principle 2: Imminence.
  • Principle 3: Proportionality.
  • Principle 4: Avoidance.
  • Principle 5: Reasonableness.

    Should really read up on such things. Everyone who chooses to be an armed self-defender, imo, should know the relevant state statues on justifiable application of force.

    Additional materials are:

    Andrew Branca's Law of Self Defense, he also has state specific seminars and materials (if you want to pay for them) -

    Massad Ayoob's Deadly Force -

    edit: typo clean up
u/QuasarMonsanto · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I found Renovation 4th Edition to be very informative. It's not necessarilly a step-by-step DIY guide, but it's gives a great overview of the steps and tools necessary to complete a job.

u/m_80 · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Renovation is the gold standard of books on improvement and repair, the editor is the guy who runs the Fine Homebuilding site, out of all the books I have none come close to the amount of subjects and details this book offers.

u/jldude84 · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Hmm...most useful things for $300. I would recommend Lowe's/Home Depot, but since you're limited to Amazon....

u/delixecfl16 · 3 pointsr/DIY
u/bailtail · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I just purchased the following book, and it's great. Highly recommended.

The Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual Newly Updated

u/trippknightly · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

In this electronic age, there are still some classic books worth having in the toolbox. I think if you want it to be useful and thorough it can't be small.

u/Notevenspecial · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Rex Cauldwell's book is quite thorough:

There are cheaper and simpler ones out there, but if you want an all inclusive, this one is very good.

u/cl2yp71c · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance.

It was definitely a godsend, as I had no clue about nearly all of the bike's systems.

I got the book before purchasing my motorcycle and read it front to back. I still open it up for reference.

u/wereinz · 2 pointsr/ComputerEngineering

Calculus up to derivatives & integrals

    (Circuit analysis)

    (Mixed logic design & Synthesis of circuits)

    Before these I would highly urge that you finish calculus. These two books are what I started with as a hardware engineer @ university (in silicon valley). Then move on to FPGA development. The basic fundamentals are crucial for you to be able to move forward.
u/dsampson92 · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

>2. If it's not too difficult and something that could be learned over a few months (minus full time work), what sort of subjects, books, pdfs, wikis or other resources would I need to be looking at to get started? I'm a web designer so this isn't really my field... but if there's a specific area of electronics that covers this sort of project, it'd really help to find out.

It is too difficult to do in a few months, but if you are really interested in learning, follow the curriculum of an Electrical Engineering BS. First you need to know calculus, this would be a good place to start, get the used version of course. Alternatively, watch the Khan Academy videos for calculus and find some problems to practice, though this will be less thorough.

Once you have gotten to integrals, start your calculus-based physics education. There is no point in really starting before, as algebra based physics isn't terribly useful for actually understanding things, and you will have to relearn it all with calculus anyways. Halliday and Resnick is a fairly good intro text that includes calculus. The one I linked is just the E&M sections, you can learn the mechanics stuff from Khan -- you just need a cursory understanding of the mechanics. Unfortunately the Khan videos aren't very good for E&M, they are generally too algebra-based. Last I checked he doesn't even cover Gauss's law.

After that you will need some Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Digital Logic, Circuits, and programming just to round out your fundamentals. Now you are roughly 2 years into a basic ECE curriculum, ignoring a lot of filler courses as necessary.

After this it gets a bit more flexible.

Textbooks on Signals and Systems, Microcontrollers/Microcomputers, Antenna Design, Embedded Devices, Electric Networks, and Digital System Design should round out your education. However that doesn't mean you know what you need to design what you are thinking of -- you also need to get a bunch of real world knowledge and practice. Make a few basic devices, get them manufactured, just to get a feel for the process. Delve into the various IEEE standards and UL standards to learn what you need to do to produce a device that can be sold and will be compatible. You have a lot of research ahead of you, so good luck!

u/goosecow · 2 pointsr/ECE

I really liked this text when I was taking circuits:

(older versions of the text are good; I used the 3rd edition). Everything is pretty clear & straight forward in that text.

u/monkeyMan1992 · 2 pointsr/math

A good book, that's also free is Foundations of Signal Processing available for free here.

Though what it sounds like you need is a basic Electric Circuits textbook, such as Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by Alexander & Sadiku is my favourite or even the one by Dorf & Svoboda, in both these textbooks the Fourier Transform is covered in the context of Passive Filter Design, and the chapter on this topic is much later on in the book.

u/katgoesmeow- · 2 pointsr/housekeeping

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping house and Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Housebook are my favorites. The Martha Stewart one is more broad than the other which makes it a better reference, however, Home Comforts has a very extensive section on fabrics and laundry that is so helpful and much better than Martha's.

u/penny_feral · 2 pointsr/actuallesbians

Some activities that make me feel better when I'm feeling "off" are: shower, wash your face, floss/brush your teeth, do a face mask, write in a journal, call a loved one, go for a walk, take a fitness class, have a drink, tidy your living space, read a peaceful book ("Home Comforts" is a personal fav), go on a little adventure (public gardens/greenhouses are great), take yourself on a date(woo the shit out of yourself), put on fancy headphones and listen to a melancholy/blue playlist, take a depression nap, rub one out, give yourself something fun to look forward to (sign up for a class or something), practice a new skill, make something for a loved one, DANCE

u/Aposematism · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

Lee Parks also has a very good book, geared more to the street. All of them have the same basic info, only thing different I recall Parks talking about is he like to pull the outside bar to countersteer, rather than push in the inside. Easier leverage, less unintended input from your body mass. It is worht trying both ways to see which is preferred

u/StarWolve · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

Here's a list, off the top of my head - I know all these are on my bookshelf, but I'm probably missing a few more:

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club by Sonny Barger

Freedom: Credos from the Road by Sonny Barger

Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories by Ralph Sonny Barger

Dead in 5 Heartbeats by Sonny Barger

Under and Alone by William Queen

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library) by Hunter S. Thompson

Street Justice by Chuck Zito

The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club by Bill Hayes

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart

The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa by Neil Peart

Against the Wind: A Rider's Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally by Ron Ayres

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

Honda CB750: The Complete Story by Mark Haycoc

Shovelhead Red The Drifter's Way by Roy Yelverton

Shovelhead Red-Ridin' Out by Roy Yelverton

A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performan​ce Motorcycle Riding by Keith Code

Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques by Lee Parks

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig - Still my favorite. A high school english teacher bought it for me when he found out I had just passed my motorcycle road test. I've read it at least 15 times, and get something new from it each time.

But the best recommendation - Buy the FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL for your bike and read it. Read it often, until you can almost turn to the exact page for each procedure.

u/CKitch26 · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I would suggest this book as your basis.

As far as putting it together again, you have some options. First, pay close attention to what you're doing when you take it apart. Second, take a video of what you're doing to refer back to later. Third, as you take it apart, put each piece in sequential order so that you can just move down a line when proof it back together. Also take notes so you know where each part goes.

EDIT: sorry for the formatting. I was on mobile

u/jackncoke72 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

There's always this

u/beefcakez · 2 pointsr/E30

That's a clean E30. Definitely google some "e30 buyers guide" and go through that list.

It's a northern car, so prepare to have to fight rust (hopefully not though).

Absolutely change the timing belt (unless the previous owner shows you with proof that it was done less than 30k miles ago). Even so, it's not a hard job, just takes a while. I did mine the first time in 10 degree weather (no heat in the garage) and it sucked.

If you do buy it, a Bentley's manual is an absolute must. You can download it online in places, but the book is best so you can wrench on it and look at the diagrams too.

Bentley PDF link from r3vlimited I take no responsibility if you download a virus.

Bentley book on Amazon

u/Projekt535 · 2 pointsr/E30

+1, and don't forget the Bentley Manual!! It is by far the best thing you can buy for DIY projects on these cars. I have one fore my E30 and my E28, and it has never failed me.

I would also add a variety of different sized flatheads and phillips screwdrivers. And I would recommend an actual caliper spreader for brake changes vs a C-Clamp, as it is much easier in my experience and they can be had for ~$10.

u/kaihp · 2 pointsr/motogp

+1 Kevin Cameron's Sportsbike Performance Handbook is a really good read. A. Graham Bell has written two books on engine tuning (Two-Stroke /Four-Stroke Performance Tuning) which are good companions.

u/jorming · 2 pointsr/EngineBuilding

VWs are a great place to start. Four-stroke performance tuning by A. Graham Bell is an interesting read.

Edit: added link

u/brandon_najarian2 · 2 pointsr/MechanicAdvice

Four stroke performance tuning

Reasons why:

1)Starts from the basics and continues to the complex

2)Easy to understand

3)Hundreds of illustrations


This is definitely in my top 3, the others being Reher-Morrison racing engines championship engine building and Forced induction performance tuning

u/T1978_sach · 2 pointsr/CafeRacers

Just a lot of books... Here a re some of the ones I've bought over the past year:

Welding:Principles and Applications (this is a bit overkill but I found it at a used book store)

Advanced Custom Painting Techniques

Four Stroke Performance Tuning

Engine Builders Handbook This is more focused on V8s but has a lot of great advice/best practices.

Sheet Metal Fabrication I have only used the skills in this book to make my electronics box so far, I was originally going to make a cafe style seat but decided on room for a passenger. Someday I would like to make my own gas tank.

Other than that it's a lot of online research!

u/22quack · 2 pointsr/NASCAR

Check out these books for in-depth stuff

I personally like Carroll Smith's books and Four Stroke Performance Tuning. While FSPT is very good, it is very difficult to read. Carroll Smith's "_____ to win" books are very good places to start, and are easier to read.

Tuning knowledge is definitely something that is improved on over time. After building fundamentals in tuning particular systems, you'll see opportunities for the car to be better, and then you do research on which setting would be better than another. Racing sims are very good for seeing the effects of suspension tuning, which is where I started. For console, obviously Forza and GT6 are worth looking at. With no console, check out iRacing, Live for Speed (demo has free multiplayer), and Assetto Corsa.

u/Soggy_Stargazer · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement
u/dakboy · 2 pointsr/AskDad

This link is for an older edition, but it's an excellent book to get started with. Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual

u/mellokind · 2 pointsr/DIY

Others have made some great suggestions. I would add to those lists--

a big can of some high quality lubricant, I like Ballistol for all kinds of cleaning/protecting/lubricating things, but there plenty of other kinds on the market.

Duct tape

Electrical tape

A caulk gun, and a few tubes--plain old "painter's caulk" and a waterproof caulk for windows, doors, and bathroom water infiltration areas. --- and a lesson on how and where to use them.

AND, maybe a nice book, with lots of pictures, for how to do lots of varied home repairs and upgrades, perhaps something like this: Reader's Digest New Complete DIY Manual

u/KittenPurrs · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation
  1. Buy a plunger for each bathroom, and if you have an old garbage disposal in your kitchen, grab one for the kitchen too.

  2. Track down a copy of this, this, or something really similar. They're step-by-step instructions for most basic home repair projects, with lots of pictures, cutaways, and diagrams. You can search for YouTube vids for additional help, but having a physical reference book tends to make life a little easier.

    My folks always called repair people when things went wrong, so I didn't learn a lot of the basics. I inherited a weird collection of these old Reader's Digest how-to manuals from my grandparents, and they got me out of a lot of jams. Highly recommend.
u/CapOnFoam · 2 pointsr/homeowners

Get a book on basic home maintenance and repair, like this one: New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home

And get a fire extinguisher for your kitchen!!

u/mmm_burrito · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Buy this book:

How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded

You won't learn everything, but it will give you a good grasp of the fundamentals of the systems that make up your home. You'll know what questions to ask when a thing breaks, and that's the key to learning more.

u/getElephantById · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I second Youtube, but I never really trust any one video, I have to watch a bunch of them and then go for whoever seems most trustworthy. It is nice to have a single expert resource you can turn to frequently.

I really, strongly recommend How Your House Works by Charlie Wing. It's got great cutaway illustrations for common features of the home, and he explains how they work and interact with each other. It's interesting to read, and also a good reference. It's written for beginners, and would be a nice way to start even if you intended to go into greater depth with some other book.

u/bossoline · 2 pointsr/CCW

Everyone has given you really good advice. I don't have anything to add except a recommendation to read the book Deadly Force--Understanding Your Right to Self Defense by Massad Ayoob. IMO, everyone who has the capacity to use deadly force should read it. It will answer a lot of your questions on this topic.

u/GotSeoul · 2 pointsr/guns

As far as legit. I thought the training was pretty good. My brother and I took the 4-day Defensive Handgun class and the 4-day practical rifle class. You will read comments elsewhere that refer to Frontsight as a McDojo of gun training. It's not far off. The program is very standardized and the instructors follow the plan. Our instructors were former Army and Marines and they shot very well. And they were very patient. Not a bootcamp at all. My feeling is that we got very good training from them.

We had a great time in the classes and came away with knowledge we didn't have previously. I did actually shoot much better after the 4 day course than before. We will be taking a 2-day skill builder class in March. My brother and I both paid about $100 each for a Commander membership that allows us to take as many of the classes as we want. I have a place in Vegas so easy for me to attend. I haven't met anyone in any of the classes that actually paid the prices listed on the website, although I would speculate that there are some people that have.

I don't believe Frontsight is a scam but as far as marketing tactics you will get a lot of emails with lots of offers to upgrade, last chance to get this deal ... etc. Just use the delete button on your email. I get the same feeling between Frontsight and USCCA regarding the level of their marketing campaigns. The training and the marketing are two separate things at Frontsight based on my experience.

For lawful use of deadly force, I look to the teachings of Massad Ayoob's thoughts on the subject. The frontsight classroom content seems to be derived from Cooper, Ayoob, and others, and is a bit light compared to material from Ayoob and others. It's good that Frontsight teaches topics on lawful use, the color codes of readiness and such, but I would suggest further research into those subjects.

If you do go to Frontsight I think you will learn something from it and will enjoy it.

All this being said, my brother and I are planning on taking the MAG-40 class in July from Massad Ayoob to get a feel for how others train.

Either way, I suggest also getting the Deadly Force ... book by Massad Ayoob. Will definitely give a good foundation on use of the firearm when protecting yourself and what to expect if you actually have to use your weapon for self defense.

u/SendLizards · 2 pointsr/mbti
u/nolookz · 2 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

I always recommend Renovation by Michael Litchfield.

The User's Manual for your home.

u/shut_up_everyone · 2 pointsr/bikewrench

Not quite as technical as the others, but the Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair from bicycling magazine is a great, easy to use reference. Everything is illustrated with photos and there is a ton of good information for both the novice and the experienced.

u/NerosNeptune · 2 pointsr/bicycling

YouTube videos are great. I find I do better with a book though and use YouTube as a backup once I've given something a go but can tell there is something I'm missing. Just depends on how you take in information best.

Edit to add the book I use. There are lots of them on Amazon with good reviews.

The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes

u/disco-bigwig · 2 pointsr/bicycling

If you are interested in learning to work on bikes, I would reccomend this book: . I learned by an earlier edition of this book, and now I do all of my own maintenance (except for truing wheels, and suspension parts)

I hope you enjoy the biking lifestyle! Owning , maintaining, and riding for utility and fun is one of the most rewarding hobbies/lifestyles you can get into! I have recently started to ride my bike EVERYWHERE, and just leave my car at home (have refuled once in the past several months). With learning the bike lanes, and my new waterproof messenger bag, I feel UNSTOPPABLE !!!

u/Rick91981 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Something like THIS is a good start, but really YouTube is probably your best resource.

u/hilldex · 2 pointsr/DIY

Huh cool! Is it OK that it's 25 years old? I'm new to DIY so I'm not sure how old that is.

EDIT: found a newer version from 2014!

u/mslindz · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Looks like there's a newer one from 2014, which is what I bookmarked to buy. The other poster linked the one from 1991 and then from 2005. There's also an edition from 2009. I searched it on Amazon to make sure I had the most recent version. Thanks for the heads up, though!

u/thisSidehasbirdsonit · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Came here to to say this as well! Use the amazon smile link and donate to charity!

u/uberphaser · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Invest 25 bucks in a hardcover copy of The Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual it's a TREASURE HOUSE of info. It's also a good barometer for "Should I hire a contractor?" If it's not in there, you should.

u/FlourCity · 2 pointsr/Rochester

Your insurance company didn't come to inspect either after you bought the house? Maybe my insurance company is weird that it did come and inspect.

Anyways, it's going to be quite expensive. I haven't paid someone to do it, but I have gotten rid of old knob and tube (not being use) and replaced it with proper modern stuff.

What is the power coming into your house like? You have a breaker panel, fuse panel, or what?

If you are the DIY'er type, I would hire someone to install a breaker panel and move all your current circuits to that (I'm assuming you've got fuses). Make sure he installs a breaker panel with enough spaces you can fit all your proposed circuits in. Form there, just pick a room/circuit and re-wire it and then add that to the panel. It's not all that hard, just time consuming. Also, as long as you have half a brain about how electricity works, test wires to make sure they aren't hot (you flipped the breaker already, right?) it's kinda hard to hurt yourself.

Here is a great book.

u/RogueJello · 2 pointsr/realestateinvesting

For what subjects please?

For electrical "Wiring a Home" by Rex Cauldwell is pretty good.

For Drywall repair this guy is amazing.

For basic carpentry I can't really recommend much, since I've been doing it most of my life, starting with instruction from my dad.

I don't do much plumbing, but mostly it's looking up code, and running pipes. Replacing a toilet/wax ring is all about draining the water, and removing the seal. Almost everything else is about tightening the nuts. If it leaks tighten until it stops.

For roofs, generally if you keep in mind that water is going to run down, then everything else follows from that basic principal. A shingled roof is a PITA to install, but you can do it without too much help.

u/smithandjohnson · 2 pointsr/electricians

This book

Don't let the "For Pros by Pros" tagline scare you. This is super accessible to DIYer's as long as they have the basic know-how.

u/habitual_calculus · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

This book has taught me a ton of maintenance:
Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance

u/raetherx · 2 pointsr/Fixxit

I have this book and it seems to be about what you're asking for. It covers motorcycles very broadly and is full color. Instead of learning the steps to change something on a specific bike it covers the process and tools you use and teaches you how to do it.

u/dapf · 1 pointr/vzla

Le invito a que se lea este libro:

Aunque, para entenderlo, va a tener que leerse este:

Y este:

Si le parece que la inversion de tiempo es demasiada, y si me da por un momento el beneficio de la duda, dejeme decirle que no hay rayo en el mundo que pueda causar un incendo cuando el sistema de pararrayos esta bien diseñado y el mantenimiento es adecuado.

Es lo mismo de la red electrica nacional. Un desastre producto de la falta de mantenimiento y planificacion propia de la 5ta republica.

Ningun sistema aguanta la combinacion de incapacidad mas corrupcion.

Si no me cree a mi, preguntele a un ingeniero amigo suyo. Eso si, si no es chavista es preferible. Las posibilidades de que no sea un pirata son mejores.

u/Soke · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

> "Electric circuits" by Nilsson, 9nth edition.

I know absolutely nothing about electronics but Amazon reviews are not liking this book at all.

EDIT: Many reviews are tipping to get this one instead :Fundamentals of Electric Circuits

u/nanowatt · 1 pointr/ECE

Well, if you want to become an engineer, you'll need to go to college. After you get your prereqs out of the way, the first courses you'll take will be something like Circuits 1 and 2, covering RLC circuits and basic transistors, opamps, etc., and a digital course covering logic gates, flip-flops, etc. Later on, you'll get into Fourier and Laplace transforms, more analog and digital, and elective subjects based on your specialization.

Typical books:


Digital Design:

u/fallacybuffet · 1 pointr/ECE

Some poking around on Amazon, starting from the page for the Cunningham text recommended by redditor EbilSmurfs which was thoroughly panned by Amazon customer reviews, I found this book. It is Alexander's Fundamentals of Electric Circuits and received almost uniformly 5-star reviews. Most reviewers noted its clarity of exposition, which made it appropriate and useful for self-study. Also noted was the high correlation between material covered in a section and the concepts needed for the section exercises that followed at the end of the chapter. It is a McGraw-Hill textbook, and one reviewer noted that the book format is chapters divided into sections, worked examples after every section, review questions with answers at the end of the chapter, exercises grouped by section also at the end of the chapter, and then more end-of-chapter exercises that combined all the concepts covered in the chapter.

Almost bought it on impulse; added it to my wishlist, instead. While typing this, I noticed that redditor lordloss also recommended this text, which his school uses.

The current 4th edition is $155 at Amazon; the second edition can be had for $12 through Amazon Marketplace; the second edition was also found on Google Books.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of The Art of Electronics.


u/imightbearobot · 1 pointr/engineering

I am a current EE student right now and saw you ask in another comment about book recommendations so I thought I would throw a few in:

u/nottheactresss · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Check out this book:

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

It has the answer to how to properly clean everything--dishes, bedsheets, litterbox, shower--with instructions for how to make homemade cleaning solutions, how often you should clean items/spaces, et al. It's made a huge difference in my life and saved me money on store bought cleaning aids.

There's a glossary in the back (obv) so you can easily search for what it is you want to clean.

u/GetOffMyLawn_ · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook
u/tryanotherJuan · 1 pointr/RedPillWomen

This book is like a text book for keeping a home. It covers everything from folding fitted sheets to managing accident liability.

u/ReverendDizzle · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

There is a book called Home Comforts that is pretty much the bible of home care. I highly recommend it as a really solid starting point; I read through it when I was young and on my own for the first time and really found it invaluable.

u/ASnugglyBear · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Has tons of good schedules and techniques

Has a good follow up book on laundry :)

u/NekoLaw · 1 pointr/AskWomen

The absolute best, and most thorough, guide to the "domestic arts" that I've ever seen is a book called Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson. It came out in the 90s, but it's still relevant:

u/ShowTowels · 1 pointr/sewing

Most silks are washable too. The hand of the fabric may change and dome dyes might bleed so testing a sample cut is important. Silk is especially delicate when wet so machine washing it is difficult.

That said, dry cleaning is harsher than hand washing.

For anyone interested in learning more about the science of fibers and fiber care I strongly recommend the cloth section of Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson.

u/tomatopaste · 1 pointr/motorcycles

> The techniques I have learned and shared were taught to me in the MSF Beginner course. I think your advanced techniques and concepts might certainly be confusing and "over the head" to many beginners .. such as the OP.

I encourage others to think, and -- as I keep stating -- I fight misinformation. If you have a problem with one or the other, I really don't give a shit.

The MSF course teaches you the fundamental mechanics of riding and very little more. In retrospect, I'm horrified that they put people on the street with so little training. If you want to swaddle people in a nest of MSF generalities, go ahead. I may well be there, too, to point them in the right direction.

> Oh, and disagreeing with others does not have to equal calling them idiots.

I call it like I see it. Not an idiot? Demonstrate it by reading and writing carefully. Your post was poorly constructed, contained tangential information, and was simply wrong. Further, you were defending someone who has been going around spreading some dangerous misinformation.

Seek out information and learn.

Total Control

Proficient Motorcycling

More Proficient Motorcyclig

Twist of the Wrist

Twist of the Wrist Vol 2

u/Benny_Lava · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Capt. Crash Idaho has some good tips and techniques with his free videos.

Here are some basic parking lot exercises. A tip for laying out parking lot cones--get a bunch of bright yellow tennis balls and cut them in half. You'll get two "cones" for the price of one tennis ball.

There's a lot of good articles on Bike Safer.

There are some good books and DVDs if he's willing to spend a few bucks, get the Total Control or Ride Like a Pro DVDs. RLAP is mostly focused on slow-speed tight turning techniques (like the police bike "rodeos" do). More Proficient Motorcycling book is great for street survival tips. If he's willing and able to spend more money, then he could take a course, such as Total Control, MSF Experienced Rider course, etc. Speaking of MSF, you can get their book here.

When I took the MSF Beginning Rider Course, several of the other students already had experience riding and owned their own bikes. They, like me, were there to refresh the basic skills and maybe learn something new because we were all self-taught. BRC isn't cheap, but I think it's worthwhile, and being on a bike in a structured environment like that might be just the confidence-builder that he needs.

Edit: I found a link to PDF files from the MSF, including their textbook for the BRC.

u/Bootsypants · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Twist of the wrist was one I read- it didn't do much for me. It was very much about fine-tuning each turn on a track, which isn't where I'm riding. I got a LOT more out of Total Controle.

u/TriumphRid3r · 1 pointr/electronic_cigarette

It's definitely because you haven't figured out how to handle it yet. I'm an instructor with Doc Wong Northwest. It's a free riding clinic & covers the finer details of sport riding. We teach the concepts covered by Keith Code's Twist of the Wrist 2. I personally help run the clinics in Albany, but they originally started in PDX. You should check them out. They meet the first Saturday of every month at BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon in Tigard. Not only is it a great way to learn more advanced riding, but it's a good reason to get out and ride & a great way to meet other riders in the area.

I'd also like to recommend a few books to get you started:

u/tsunesf · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Lee Parks' Total Control book has good drills.

u/AGGGman · 1 pointr/motorcycles

You can do that with the Ninja 250. It's all practice. Like V_Glaz_Dam mentioned you should watch the Twist of Wrist 2 series.

Here's something I wrote for one of my friends.

For books, I personally like this one the most. I feel like Nick took a lot information from the Twist of the Wrist books and made it more modern.

But I also learned a lot from Lee Park's book. Lee Park hosts a rider school where he runs over all the drills in his book and helps with rider technique. You have to google the class schedules but he comes around California at least once or twice a year.

The there is the Twist of the Wrist series

I haven't read those books but the Twist of Wrist II videos are on youtube so you can check them out.

The last book I would recommend is Proficient Motorcycling. I highly recommended reading that one because it focuses a lot on general riding. Techniques that everyone should learn just to stay alive riding on the road. The book can be found at some libraries so you can save some money by just loaning it.

The rest is all practice.
Also youtube "ninja 250 track" and you'll see a bunch of videos of guys racing their 250s on the track.

I wouldn't get on a track until you are at least familiar with your motorcycle. Get some miles under your belt before you decide to do it. After you are comfortable on your bike I would try to hook up with some local riders who are better than you. That way you can talk to them and learn from their experience. But remember to take most advice with a grain of salt. I personally use to meet a lot of other guys to ride with.

u/bbasara007 · 1 pointr/motorcycles

My friend that got me into riding races an R6 with more low end torque than an R1 (only tops out at 120 because of that though :/ ). Another is a bmw s1000rr. I myself ride a old 90 FZR600 supersport and a honda shadow.

It doesn't matter what type of bike it is, steering physics work the same. Cruisers just steer slow and with less lean. It doesn't mean your input on the turn should be any different.

This is also backed up by some well known pro's. Example:

Twist of the Wrist: Keith code

Total Control: Lee Parks

Lee Parks spend a good amount of the book explaining the techniques for both sportbike and cruisers, which end up being the same thing.

u/BrianWantsTruth · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Here is what it looks like at least.

u/jtunzi · 1 pointr/motorcycles

I read these based on Amazon reviews and they were both very helpful in addition to Twist of the Wrist.

Total Control

Sport Riding Techniques

u/Rock3tPunch · 1 pointr/motorcycles

> What are the effects on things like weight transfer under breaking and acceleration, the effects upon the wheelbase, effects upon traction, are there any downsides like possible chattering of front ends, what are the effects on weight distribution/how the suspension loads itself through a turn? I'm really just looking for someone to talk me through all the pros and cons to such a modification.

u/LtDanHasLegs · 1 pointr/Trackdays

Depending on what trackday org you normally ride with, there's normally a suspension guy there to help.

Virtually every racer I know pays the suspension guy to setup the bike. There's some very good books around to learn more about suspension setup (Race Tech's Suspension Tuning Bible is very popular, and I learned a good deal reading it), but in general, those books will help you communicate with the suspension gurus more than they will turn you into a suspension guru.

It sounds like the shock is stiffer, and causing the front end to lift by keeping the rear from squatting under heavy throttle. It's probably a good thing overall, but there's also probably a better middle ground to be had.

Are you running a steering dampener? What bike is it?

u/tttruck · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Are you looking to do the work yourself? Cause it sounds like you're gonna need much heavier springs, and without a subsequent re-valve, you may end up worse off, with stiffly sprung but under damped suspension. Heavier oil is a band aid fix, and even that may not get you close.

What's your time frame and budget? I'd suggest two things: Find a resource for info specifically for the 599, a forum or something where there'll be lots of people with lots of knowledge about how to set up THIS bike, and if it's in the budget, find a good suspension shop to not only get proper springs for your weight, but also a re-valve for you and your riding. You may find out from the forum what budget fixes work, but nothing is gonna be as good as a professional set up. It may be expensive, but will absolutely be worth it if you care about the way your bike handles on the track at a track pace.

If you've got lots of time and not much money, you can do your homework and try and tackle a re-spring and re-valve yourself. It may or may not be feasible, but if possible, certainly rewarding.

Check out Racetech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible. Even if you don't follow any of my suggestions, the book is excellent and worth a read.

u/onecartel · 1 pointr/motorcycles

For everyone asking why there's so many washers (shims/toonie outsides), check out Race Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible. Many pictures, much learn. Good words.

u/sarj5287 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm moving out of state and pursuing a career in auto mechanics!

u/Ordinate1 · 1 pointr/mechanics

Auto Repair For Dummies.

Or, search Amazon for "car repair book," and you'll get a couple of hundred results.

u/bodhemon · 1 pointr/BMW

definitely. I replaced a reverse light switch (screws into the transmission under the car) felt pretty awesome about myself. I would recommend getting the bentley manual. I understand that is the one to go with. Good luck!

u/patrickeg · 1 pointr/E30

I've only worked with one a handful of times. But each time I've had few issues. Just make sure you really research what you're doing, grab a bentley manual and follow its directions. Make sure you have a good set of jack and jack stands, the E30 is a relatively low car, so if you're doing work to it you'll need to lift it up sometimes.

Always do valve adjustments every 15,000 miles and the timing belt every 50,000, the M20B25 is an interference engine, if that belt goes it'll blow the entire thing. Make sure you change the oil and fluids, etc. etc. The engines in these things will go forever if you take care of them.

The cool thing about E30s is they're an enthusiasts car, so there's quite a few videos on YouTube on how to properly do a lot of this stuff, and there's at least 2 active forums; E30tech and r3vlimited so If you need to know how to do something chances are someone has already done it and can tell you how.

u/kingofpoptart · 1 pointr/BMW

All you'll ever need to fix an e30.

The e30 is an easy car to work on. There's plenty of space under the hood to work with. Its also very mechanical, so there's not a lot of computery things that can break. As somebody who owns a moneypit e30 I say go for it!

u/steidley · 1 pointr/Autos

Congrats! I learned how to work on a car with a few E30s. Great fun to drive. Now go out and buy your new bible:

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/NASCAR

Non-mobile: Four Stroke Performance Tuning

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u/Cindernubblebutt · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

I grew up in a house where my dad was extremely "handy" and able to fix just about anything.

I tried to be as "handy" as he was but found that growing up in a different time and economic conditions didn't prepare me very well for that. Up until a few years ago, when something broke, I would just call up my dad and he would come over and "help me" fix it (which mostly meant he did it all himself), but after he passed on, I was determined to acquire at least a semblance of the skills my father possessed.

The straw broke for me a couple of years ago when I had to have our kitchen remodeled after one of the sink fittings failed and leaked water, destroying a bunch of the flooring and necessitating replacing all the cabinets.

After enduring contractors taking 2 months to fix it despite being the highest rated contractor on Angieslist and the BBB and watching their progress and ignoring objections to my concerns, I swore I would never hire a "professional" to do anything I even remotely might be capable of myself.

Recently, I was able to do repairs to my heating ducting, light fixtures, bathroom fan/light and kitchen faucet and I figured I saved about $500 from having a professional do it. I had less luck with replacing my brake pads on my car as one tire would not come off and putting the car up on jacks and trying to kick the tire loose seemed like a really bad idea, so I paid for that one.

Keep on plugging away. Your repairman skills will only improve with time and use. Don't be ashamed if you have to re-re-repair something....usually by the second time around you know what everything does and where it goes so the repair goes easier. I've "fixed" one particular faucet three times now as the materials used in it's construction were shyte (Faucet "lifts up" because the bolt head inside securing it down was broken). I've been trying everything short of welding, but that's my next step. So now I get to teach myself how to weld a faucet together.

Here's some hints I have for the starting handyman....

Take pictures/video before you start. Take video as you remove/disassemble.

Keep all your old parts/bits in a bucket designed just for that.

Read up online on how to fix stuff. Try to find how-to videos. If you can find specific videos for your make/model of applicance/car/etc so much the better. Take online instructions with a grain of salt and don't use specific instructions if they weren't for your specific product.

Do a good job as you possibly can given your skills and tools. But if a repair fails, don't beat yourself up....just apply the lessons learned. When you do a home/car repair, you've got the opportunity to make it better than original. Take pride if you are able to repair something better than it's original condition.

If you learn things or "little tricks", remember to write them down. I have a little "repair book" with hints, tips and urls that I've picked up.

Also buy the Readers Digest Home Repair Manual It's full of good practices and advice as well as general step by step instructions. And a book is a lot better than a phone or tablet when doing this kind of thing.

Good luck and happy fixing! You'll do great on that sink the next time!!!

u/wintremute · 1 pointr/DIY

Someone gave me this book when I bought my first house. It was very helpful.

u/elnet1 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

The good thing, is that most used book stores have copies of these for pretty reasonable prices.

5.0 out of 5 starsNew Complete DYI Manual by Reader’s Digest: An Excellent Resource
February 22, 2018
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This 1991 hard-cover, heavy book has 528 pages, almost all of which have hand-drawn color graphics and a few black and white photos on them. This book has 17 chapters.

This is a review from Amazon:

I also have the original 1973 edition (without the word ‘New’ at the title beginning), which has 600 pages and many more photographs – color – than this book, so we use both of them as a reference. One of the other differences besides page numbers is in chapter 17. In the 1973 edition, for example, the chapter has 50 projects that the buyer might want to build, so for this chapter alone, the 1973 edition is worth keeping and consulting.

Another difference between the 2 editions is that the 1991 edition has more current tools and accessories that are demonstrated to fix things.

I am not a contractor and have never fixed things in a house before we bought our first home. I am an educator, so I have lots of different books on different topics to consult in my library when something needs fixing in the house. I also do online searches, print them out, and use them in conjunction with these 2 Reader’s Digest DIY Manuals.

u/dzyan · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The Reader's Digest "New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual" Seriously, get this book, it basically tells you how to fix, build or work on most things in your house.

Seriously get this book.

... and a plunger...

u/brainthought · 1 pointr/DIY
u/tanac · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Youtube is great, it's helping me remodel my bathroom. As far as books go, (hey the power might go out), the Reader's Digest book is a great thing to have around.

Good luck!

u/thisusernametakentoo · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/pirateofspace · 1 pointr/needadvice

Buy a book like this. If you go to Barnes and Noble or another big-ass book store, there will literally be an entire shelf (or more) of books devoted to explaining the basics of how your house works.

Then find a good contractor or handyman for when shit goes wrong. Ask family, neighbors, check Yelp reviews, whatever works for you. A good tradesman will patiently answer your questions and explain what went wrong, how and why he'll fix it, and what you can do in the future to prevent more problems. Once you find a keeper though, show some respect and don't "shop around" for quotes and then try to negotiate the price on every single thing. Knowing how to talk to and work with tradesmen will get you far.

u/jonathanrdt · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

This is a great book: How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded

u/falconPancho · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

The lack of ventilation would point to negligence. Negligence type events aren't typically covered, it doesn't matter if you didn't know. This is a common book people recommend for first time home owners. A house isn't typically cheaper than rent, its just not throwing away your money since at the end you have something to sell.

u/ElbowDeepInIt · 1 pointr/CCW

Tueller's Rule would beg to differ that. Many tests have shown someone with a knife can close a gap of almost 30 feet in less than a couple seconds. Depending on who's carrying, that's faster than they can draw.

Everyone carrying should read this book. Tons of source material that, if you've read it, can be introduced in a court.

u/Vote_4Cthulhu · 1 pointr/CCW
u/Handsoffmygats · 1 pointr/alaska

/r/CCW Spend sometime getting to learn what firearm you are going to carry and read some literature like [Deadly Force - Understanding Your Right To Self Defense by Massad Ayoob] ( Also read our laws. They are very specific. If you are not feeling comfortable yet start with just carrying the holster then step it up as you go. There are plenty of resources to help you learn.

u/Cletusvandayam · 1 pointr/guns
u/git_rekted_bruh · 1 pointr/tifu

Had this book as a kid. I bet OP would have loved this as a gift.

u/Zealos · 1 pointr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu
u/keNXT · 1 pointr/tifu

Reminds me of this

u/skkeith · 1 pointr/Parenting

>but no one in my family wants to talk about the meaning of life, physics, or play video games. The stereotypical kid activities stuff boggles my mind how anyone remotely enjoys it or can tolerate it for longer than 5 min.

These are your interests. Has it occurred to you that maybe the things you find interesting are mind-bogglingly boring to them and they can't possibly understand why you like it? It doesn't sound like you're looking for mutual interests, it sounds like you want them to like what you like and that's it.

I like physics, too. But I don't expect that my 3yo daughter will want to sit down and read the Feynman Lectures with me.

If things like physics are so important to you, why don't you try to bring these topics down to their level? That's part of being a parent - show your kids what interests you but do it in a way that interests them too.

Geek Dad - Perhaps a book like that will help you find a way to positively engage with your kids. It could provide fun activities for you to do together. BTW, there are tons of books like this. Here's another example: Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

You sound like spending time with your kids is a chore and obligation. What you need is a change in perspective. You have an amazing opportunity to show them how cool the world is and how fascinating these topics are, but you aren't willing to put in the work/effort to look at these things from the eyes of a kid.

And as the other commenters have said, look into getting some professional help. Don't just accept the situation as it is. Put some effort into it and work towards being less selfish. Your kids are only kids for so long and you're missing an opportunity that's right in front of you.

u/olerock · 1 pointr/DiWHY

can anyone link to the magical pumps they're using that look like motors?

as a sacrifice, i offer this, a book of similar projects!

u/Karbear_debonair · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/zidanetribal · 1 pointr/funny

Check out the book 'Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction'

u/draftzero · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Just some tips that I learned over the years...

  1. Tools and know how to use them, safely. - I started out with Harbor Freight tools and purchased better stuff that I used more often.

  2. Probably the most common thing around the house to fix/repair is drywall. This should be pretty easy. Learning how to do the common textures, such as, Knockdown, Orange Peel, etc.. Painting, which should be pretty easy, but there are a ton of articles that have good tips on preventing common mistakes,

  3. Since you're thinking about knocking down walls... learn basic woodworking and home structure. I personally liked this book: - which basically covers just about everything you can do with renovating. If you're building a bar... you may want to make your first project be a workbench or something simple, which will also be useful for building cabinetry and what not. It talks about also different materials/tools for the job at hand, which is useful.

  4. Building Codes... probably a good idea to know different building code standards, if you ever plan on selling the house. You'll want to make sure that it stays up to code for any project you do. You don't want to end up creating a potential fire hazard that may cost you $ in the future. I can't stress it enough, safety first. If you're tearing down walls, be sure you're not cutting into electrical wires and what not.

  5. Electrical, basic electrical knowledge will help. E.g. knowing about circuits, circuit breaker operation, safety, etc.

  6. Planning out your project ahead of time, will help you avoid costly mistakes, prep you for what tools/materials you'll need. Don't be like me and dive head first. Usually when I deviate from this, my projects come out less than desired. So plan ahead of time.

  7. In the end, the best way to learn, is to plan your project and just go out and do it. Take your time. Don't rush it. Start with small projects where you can afford to make mistakes. Having a carpenter in the family also will help for things that you're not sure on, plus you can probably borrow some of the more expensive tools.

u/growamustache · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I just bought this book after reading a lot of good reviews, and I would agree that it's got a lot of good info:


u/zirge · 1 pointr/homeowners
  1. Learn where all your shut-offs are. Make sure your shut-offs work. You don't want to learn the hard way that your main water shutoff doesn't work.
  2. is a book I've seen recommended often.
  3. Learn to Google/Youtube.

    Things are going to break, and you're going to learn how to fix them. Each time you fix something, you're going to gain new knowledge.
u/meltingdiamond · 1 pointr/DIY

This book, Renovation by Litchfield. I wish I knew about this book sooner. If something is fucked up in the house, this book shows how pros will fix it.

Edit: also if you want to really check your electricity you need both and outlet tester or multimeter to make sure that the outlet has the correct voltage/polarity and a circuit tracer to make sure that the wire goes where you think it goes. It took me two months to figure out where the hell my stove was getting power from, turns out I had a 2nd breaker box that was walled up ,I hope , unintentionally.

u/Koolorado · 1 pointr/bikewrench

Its an actual textbook by Todd Downs, and very easy to follow. Found mine on a thrift store shelf for 5.00. A very good book.

u/--wintermute · 1 pointr/madisonwi

Bike repair and maintenance is pretty easy.

That book will tell you all you need to know.

Bike repair shops charge that much, because people quit learning how to do it, so they can get away with it.

u/plytheman · 1 pointr/bicycling

I think this is a newer version than the one I have but the Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maitenance and Repair is pretty thorough. Has a lot of pictures and tips in it and for each part/compnent has a guide on both instalation and servicing/cleaning. I've used it mostly for playing with the derailers and shift levers, but it covers just about everything you'd need to keep yourself rolling.

u/ElBomberoLoco · 1 pointr/bicycling this book

You need to properly set up your bicycle so it will be an extension of your own body while you're riding it. Sounds a little corny to the uninitiated, I know.....but trust me. A properly adjusted bicycle is like the difference between driving a '74 Ford Pinto and a Bentley.

Riding position is key...if the saddle is too far forward or'll be out of position. If the saddle is too high or too low, you'll be out of position. If the brakes are too sluggish or too'll be less safe.

You almost certainly should get new brake & shifting cables.

BTW...all of this advice is contingent upon whether or not you want to love your bike. If you have a short commute...and just want a cheap ride back & forth...the time & effort will most likely not be worth it. But...if you want to start a new love affair with'll remember me for pointing this stuff out to you.

u/navybro · 1 pointr/gaybros

I bought this book off Amazon earlier in the week and it should be here today or tomorrow. I'll let you know if it's the Bible that I think it's going to be.

I've grown to really like taking care of my bike, almost as much I like riding it. :) To know how something works really intricately is like knowing a good friend. I maintain planes for work, so it's kinda the same thing. I just like knowing how things work and that I made it work better!

I'm not sure if you've seen this website, but it's pretty comprehensive and helpful. It's really old and a bit difficult to navigate, but worth it.

Ride on brother!

u/hirschmj · 1 pointr/MTB

More money than time? Pay a shop. More time than money? Start learning.

u/FingerTheCat · 1 pointr/homeowners

I would say the Do it Yourself Manual

u/goodhumansbad · 1 pointr/CasualConversation
  1. Definitely invest in a good basic home DIY book (you never know when the power/internet will go out and then where will Youtube be as you grapple around in the dark trying to fix your hot water heater?). This is the one my dad has:

  2. Keep all manuals for appliances and read them (especially things like washers/dryers, ovens, etc.). Proper care will extend the life of all appliances and can prevent dangerous incidents like fires or floods due to misuse or wear & tear.

  3. Prevention is always better than cure! For example, a toilet plunger and a sink plunger are two things you want to have on hand before you need them. Invest in some basic tools - a multihead screwdriver, hammer, wrenches and a power drill will definitely come in handy.

  4. On a similar note, learn where everything is (I know this sounds basic, but you'd be amazed at what people don't know about their own homes) e.g. shutoff valves for each toilet/sink, the shutoff for the water to the whole house, breaker box, etc.

  5. When you're buying the house, ask as many questions as possible before the sale: What kind of wiring does it have? Has the roof been redone recently? How about the brick pointing if applicable? How old is the furnace? Are their warranties on any of the structural elements like the roof? Is it transferable to a new owner? Make sure you know all this stuff and write it down in a "house bible" if you will - that way if something goes wrong and you need to hire a professional, you can answer their questions quickly and efficiently.

  6. Finally, when it comes to fixing things know your limits. It's great to learn DIY and try projects yourself, but remember that there are professionals out there for a reason! If you're not sure, put down the hammer and ask - ask an expert, ask at Home Depot, ask your friends/family, ask the internet, but have all the facts before you start.
u/dromio05 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

YouTube is good. Google is good. This book is good. Friends and family are good.

A lot of home improvement projects are actually surprisingly simple. Whatever it is, start small, take your time, triple check everything before you do something irreversible, and remember that it's your house, so you want to make sure you do it right.

u/informatician · 1 pointr/DIY

Just a couple of days ago I received my copy of "Wiring a House" by Rex Cauldwell ( Though I haven't read it in-depth, I already feel like I can highly recommend it, especially for your situation. He has an approach he calls "Above Code" where he makes recommendations that go a step beyond the code requirements and he points out areas which might vary from location to location. He also specifically addresses many situations that arise when you are doing retrofitting and renovation. The 5th edition was just released and is up-to-date for 2014 code and should be good until 2017.

u/DetroitHustlesHarder · 1 pointr/reactiongifs

This Old House on Youtube.
Also, if you like books check out the "For Pros by Pros" book series. I'm learning basic electrical wiring and this book has been indispensable.

u/IcyKettle · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

You bet.

If you want to learn more, this is a great resource:

I got it after buying this 1940 house and learned so much. I hired a pro to install a new panel on day 1, but I've done all subsequent electrical myself, using what's in that book. It's very well written. Cheers.

u/jimjazz1414 · 1 pointr/electricians

If you're doing residential, Wiring a House by Rex Cauldwell is a good non technical supplement to your textbooks

u/RebuildingABungalow · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I recommend the For Pros by Pros book series for each trade.

I’d also recommend:

u/ddog510 · 1 pointr/books

This book seems to have the best reviews on Amazon (of similar books).

Also, I couldn't let it pass...check out Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a great work of fiction.

u/socket_wrench · 1 pointr/Fixxit

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Zimmerman is a good place to start, although he tends to focus on older British bikes, if I recall.

u/Hatelore · 1 pointr/motorcycles

I'm late but i just started reading :
Click on Take a look inside and goto page 7, 8, and 9 they have a pretty good list of tools to start with to help you with all basic maintenance.

u/DirtLoves · 1 pointr/motorcycles

You'd want a manual, but you'd figure it out!

Short of that, do some work on your current bike with a manual in hand. If I remember, this book has some basics of how a bike works, so maybe that's a place to start?

u/sometimesineedhelp · 1 pointr/motorcycles

I can highly recommend this book (The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Zimmerman - I've bought six motorcycle repair books since I got my bike and this is by far the best one for an uber-beginner like me.

u/bilged · 1 pointr/motorcycles

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance has lots of info on engine design and engineering considerations in motorcycle design. Aside from that its a great book to have as a reference.

u/grunge_ryder · 0 pointsr/Fixxit

A lot of SV650 riders are building frankenbikes by bolting GSXR and Kawasaki parts, based upon recommendations from other riders who have swapped forks and shocks and wheels and brakes.

But Paul Thede of Racetech is The Man when it comes to suspension tuning, amigo.

Study this book before you starting grafting unsuitable parts onto your machine.

u/althaj · 0 pointsr/DotA2
u/MonacoE92 · 0 pointsr/JusticeServed

I don't know what you mean with "alive" vs dead. There is nothing in the law that talks about "alive".

Imminent threat means right that very second. You can't say "Well I thought he COULD be a threat so I shot him some more". That's a felony. It's called manslaughter, or 2nd degree murder if the prosecutor chooses to go that route.

Once the threat is no longer there (i.e. a guy who has been shot 20 times and dropped his gun and collapsed into a crumpled up heap) you can no longer shoot. The law is extremely clear on this and there are cases upon cases of precedent further proving what it means. You can not shoot unless a threat of imminent death or great bodily harm is there. My original point is that had this been a civilian and not a cop, they likely would have faced the possibility of jail time.

I highly recommend you read this book by an expert firearms instructor and former criminal defense attorney if you would like to better understand the law on deadly force:

u/porkchop_d_clown · 0 pointsr/bikewrench

Well, personally, I like to shower after I ride, but that's me...

If you're talking about maintaining your bike, I bought a copy of this:

u/bigladfrompakistan · -2 pointsr/BattleRite

Ah yes, let me tap into impossibility and assume my rank before even getting placed!

u/funandgun · -2 pointsr/guns

Another hot tip before you begin going trigger happy is to call 911 beforehand (if possible) and make sure you mention that you're scared for your life. Obviously, that's not a realistic scenario all the time.

Just speed read this book by Mr. Ayoob instead.

u/delta_77 · -4 pointsr/realmadrid

That's not the only thing he said. Not even close. Learn how to read

u/xevrai · -19 pointsr/news

Link for you since I guess you can't understand that 1) I'd never do anything, 2) I'm not encouraging anybody to do anything, and 3) nobody, especially me, is going around threatening to murder everybody who disagrees with them.