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The Taming of the Screw: How to Sidestep Several Million Homeowner's Problems

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Barry concentrates on the popular topic of home repair.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 5th 2000 by Rodale Books (first published April 27th 1983)
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May 07, 2012 MisterFweem rated it really liked it
Oh Mr. Barry. This is one of his earlier books, and it shines nicely. Having owned three homes, I'm with him on the impossibility of trying to keep up with repairs especially the exterior where the sun will try to kill you so to hell with the exterior, as he says. And his description of paneling is even funnier: "Paneling is an easy way to make your home look less attractive." Having escaped a '70s home, I've got to agree with that assessment.
Nathan Major
Dec 12, 2011 Nathan Major rated it it was ok
Not his best book. While home repair is certainly entertaining, it doesn't really provide enough material to merit an entire book, and as a result it seems Barry is stretched thin. Still a quick, entertaining read.
Aaron Bond
Apr 29, 2013 Aaron Bond rated it liked it
Fun, quick read typical of fairly early Dave Barry. Toilet humor and total absurdities, which is what you're looking for in a Barry book anyway.
David Allen
Apr 20, 2008 David Allen rated it it was ok
Dave's first book, interesting because he hadn't quite found his voice. With unappealing illustrations.
Dec 29, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
It's a pretty funny take-off on home repair. Fun and fast to read!
Jan 30, 2009 Margie rated it liked it
It's fun to laugh at life's challenges. Fun book.
Mar 15, 2012 Anh rated it really liked it
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The funniest "How to" book I've read so far.
May 05, 2008 Joey rated it liked it
ha ha, but not as funny as his other stuff.
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Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.
Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as
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