Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual 1973 edition

This weekend I picked up an old edition of the Reader’s Digest Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual for $1.00.  It really proves that many of the principles of home maintenance and improvement haven’t changed much in nearly 40 years.

Reader’s Digest has been publishing the Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual since 1973.  Known to many as the ‘Big Yellow Book’, this guide became the must-have resource for homeowners.  In it are key chapters on hand tools, power tools, plumbing, electricity, and  small appliance repair.

The Complete Do-it-yourself manual received its first major update in 1991, and then again in 2005.  These updates introduced color photos, cordless tools and (now already defunct) instructions on how to repair a telephone.

Anyone who owns a home would enjoy and benefit from this guide.  It is a great reference, and the 70’s era furniture projects are back in style yet again. It’s funny how things come full circle.

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Derek Smith

Derek is the co-founder of HomeSpot HQ, and uses it to manage the seemingly never-ending list of projects and maintenance tasks around his suburban home.