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The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors
by Tamara Dean
"The Human-Powered Home is a level-headed book which focuses on informing and entertaining. There is no utopian hyperbole, just useful facts and anecdotes that provide the foundation necessary to take appropriate action. Dean has produced an accessible primer for novices in the area of people power as well as a book that is thorough enough to benefit even experienced tinke...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by New Society Publishers
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This book thoroughly covers a topic that has not been written about much: powering household and garden devices with the human body. It discusses the history of human power and the physics behind human-powered devices, and provides a survey of products on the market and very detailed plans for making your own pedal-powered devices such as blenders, juicers, and grain mills. It is a very practical book, and thankfully does not devote any space to rants about the evils of technology or reasons why...more