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Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  325 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is a valuable resource for transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary. With over 80 solutions and bonus applications at your disposal, you will be ready for almost any situation.

Do you know how to make something that can tell whether the $20 bill in your wallet is a fake? Or how to generate battery power with simple household items
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published September 1st 2003)
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Miles
Aug 14, 2009 Miles rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, but was a little disappointed. Perhaps it's just a sign that I'm sneakier than average, more inclined to think out of the box, but most of the things that made it into the book I had already thought of, read about online, etc. A great many of the uses described were also quite impractical. Not exactly a bad book, but it could have been much better. If you've got to read it, try not to go into it with high hopes.
Brian
Jan 27, 2012 Brian rated it liked it
Good, but unless you have multiple watch batteries a cassette player and other obsolete technologies, this may be too outdated. It was published in 03, but references a lot of things I don't have around any more. 3 for the stuff I didn't know though.
Martin
Jan 18, 2017 Martin rated it really liked it
A fun little book with lots of rudimentary reuse and repurposing projects. Bonus for the casein plastic recipe.
Andrew
Jan 25, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
This is another one of those tinker and hack everyday objects which I find so fascinating. However this book trades off complexity (you do not solder electrical components, you just wrap wire around them) for accessibility (for example it refers to using pennies - these are US pennies which have a different alloy composition to UK pennies so its impossible to conduct this experiment).
The book however is an interesting source of ideas and suggestions and for that it is a good read - though some
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Astrid Yrigollen
Sep 28, 2014 Astrid Yrigollen rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, nonfiction
This is a another one of those cute project books for you and your child or for yourself if you like tinkering and making small gadgets.
Do not be fooled though by it's simplistic drawings and 7th grade text, there are also larger applications to a lot of these projects if one cares to expand on them.
Julie
Aug 12, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Okay so I learned how to origami a cup and make a compass out of my watch but spending hours tearing LED lights out of electronics and bulk buying various kinds of batteries is not practical for me soooooo...
Lora
Feb 08, 2008 Lora rated it really liked it
Now I can make a sparking arc with my car battery to start a fire!! And...there are some great in-the-kitchen basic items (like the homemade fire extinguisher) that are super for little kids to do and learn about science.
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it liked it
Learn to make: Milk plastic, Milk glue, fruit batteries, coin batteries, home security alarms, fire extinguishers, gel pack, magnetic bill verifier & many other useful gadgets out of common household items.
Josh
Jun 23, 2014 Josh rated it did not like it
Regrettably simplistic; the author's books continue to titillate with covers and blurbs, but fail to deliver any content of value.
Jaguar
Aug 03, 2013 Jaguar rated it really liked it
I loved the survival stuff at the end of the book. It included some survival websites as well. I liked this one better than Sneaky Green Uses for Everyday Things.
Matthew
Jul 16, 2009 Matthew rated it really liked it
You want some good things to learn concerning survival, this book will give you plenty to use and remember.
Angus
May 15, 2008 Angus rated it really liked it
Build fun toys for nerds or just dumb shit for idiots. I'm kidding this is a fun book to have and use.
Nono
Feb 06, 2008 Nono rated it it was amazing
Great book for the gadgety guy. All sorts of fun projects with great illustrations. Sure to appeal to the DIYer.
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