Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff by Nick Harper – review

The Real Man's Guide to Fixin' Stuff - How to repair anything you need (or just want) to know how to fix bookI’m lucky enough to have a very handy husband,if I need something done around the house he can usually find a way to get it done, one way or another. But… even my man can sometimes struggle with certain honey-do-list items. It’s truly not a crime to read the instructions! Try telling Super Genius that though! Sometimes he reminds me of “Tim the Tool Man”

Al: Didn’t you study the manual at all? Tim: A real man doesn’t need a manual. ~IMD Quote from Home Improvement

Umm… please, just read the instructions! Help your guy out and give him a great Father’s Day (or birthday, Christmas, etc.) gift this year so he can shine – The Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff – How to repair anything you need (or just want) to know how to fix book by Nick Harper. Whew that’s a mouthful! The how-to’s however, are short and to the point. They cover everything form basic carpet stain removal to tire changing.

Description from press release:  Squeaky floor board driving you crazy, have no hope left for  a leaky shower or are you facing the worst problem of all… a weak vacuum? Real men know how to fix stuff. So if you don’t know a light socket from a socket wrench, what do you do? The Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff by Nick Harper, is the ultimate guide for guys on how to fix all those ordinary things that break everyday and no one seems to know what to do with. No longer will there be anything you own that you’ll think isn’t worth fixing or that it’s cheaper to buy a new one.

Leaky faucets, wobbly chairs, burnt pans and clogged gutters could be a thing of the past once your man feels more confident in his ability to fix ’em! Super G. read some of the book and said there was “a lot of cool stuff in it.” He said the directions made sense and he liked how easy it was to look things up. I agree. With 106 How-To’s listed in the Index I think the book is a great way for any man, married or single, to learn more about home upkeep and simple fixes to everyday glitches.

Win It! Thanks to Sourcebooks, Inc. I have 4 copies of The Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff to give away to my awesome readers!

How to Enter: (mandatory) Leave me a comment telling me if you have a handyman, or a funny tale about one of his fix it flops. Mine once drilled a hole in the casing of our BRAND NEW air conditioner “to let the condensation out” and the drill slipped and went straight into the unit and, you guessed it, killed it. Yep, he really did. :) Shh, I’ll never tell if you don’t!

Extra Entries: (optional) Please leave a new comment, with links if applicable, for each extra entry to be counted.

Use the retweet button or copy this tweet:#Win The Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff #giveaway. 4 winners @ahensnest! Great Father’s Day gift:

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Rules: Follow the directions above! Giveaway open to U.S. residents, 18+ only and ends June 24th, 11:59 est. Winner chosen by and must reply to email within 48 hours or I will redraw.

I was sent a copy of the book described above from Sourcebooks, Inc. for review. purposes. All opinions are my own, yours may vary. No other compensation was received for this post. Questions? Please see my full disclosure and giveaway info here.


About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
With a love for the outdoors and visiting local attractions in and around NW PA and Lake Erie, you never know what you'll find in my nest! Subscribe to A Hen's Nest so you don't miss the fun!



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    He drilled a hole in it! LOL. I won't tell.

    When my ex and I were together he took down the light kit from the ceiling fan in the living room (I can't even remember what was wrong with it). We went to Home Depot to get whatever part was needed. He re-hooked or re-wired or something and when it was turned back on the fan wouldn't stop spinning regardless of how many times you pull the chain. It was fine the entire summer as long as it was on low, but winter came around and I said, "Look, enough with the fan." He took the light kit off, couldn't figure out the problem and it has never been put back.

    Every time the season changes and there isn't a need for the air condition I look up at that fan and get really irritated! LOL

    I need to go ahead and get that fixed. Time to pressure the BF about it. :-)

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    OMG, Henrietta. LOL!!

    This would be perfect for me, and my husband, as we just bought our first home. Already, we've had one fix-it mishap…

    We're down in the Florida Keys, and as you may remember, we got flooded by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. We were one of the luckier people, and only had a foot of water in the house. Well, that was enough salt water to rust out one of the bases of our floor lamps. It made it to the new house, but the base was wobbly. Hubby picked it straight up, and forgot he was standing in the car port, with the low ceiling. SMASH!! He forgot about the low ceiling, and the CFL bulb screwed in the lamp :P I sent him scattering, to get away from the dispersing mercury. He did eventually fix the lamp though. LOL!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Henrietta! Good luck to everyone :)

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    Christina says

    Oh I have a handyman and a half alright. He once was rewiring our kitchen light and I asked if he had the breaker off- he said no need he could do it with it on- well short story- he ended up off the ladder onto the kitchen floor. I couldn't stop laughing after I made sure he was okay. He then asked me to go turn the breaker off.

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    Christina says

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    there are alot- like painting the dog house with indoor paint that was washable and first rain well- it washeed or stupid things like I know the wall is strong enough- don't worry about a stud when you walk in and find half the wall off due to not putting it on a stud-

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    I really could use this prize because my handyman efforts tend to end in me being injured somehow. =/ lol

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    Anonymous says

    I don't think my BF has ever fixed anything without somehow injuring himself

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    Anonymous says

    things get done to a certain point and left! Never finished, not a handy man at all!

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    OK, my husband was putting down a linoleum floor in our kitchen, he measured the floor and took it outside, but he had it face down so everything came out backwards when he turned it right side up. He wasn't very handy, this book would come in very handy for me.

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    I don't have a husband any longer, but I have to do my own repairs now, anything would come in handy. I have to do alot of repairs, instructions would be nice.

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    I have to do my own repairs, I have never had to do any repairs, my mom knows all that, but I have my own home now, and it would be nice to have some sort of idea of what I'm suppose to do. thanks

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    Denise S. says

    I do not have a handyman. It just took a month to fix a toilet that wouldn't flush right. Every time he touched it, a new leak sprung up somewhere and he always had to wait till "next weekend" to get to each problem.

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    I have a wonderful handyman. But there are always things that come up that he has no idea how to do.

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    Well there was the buttcrack man but it's too painful to relate in detail – use your imagination.

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    I have a very expensive handyman who charges me $45 per hour. I'd love to learn how to fix some of the more manageable things in my house.

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    My husband once dropped a power sander on my kitchen floor. It sanded a hole into my new vinyl kitchen floor before he was able to get it turned off.

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    I follow you on google friend.

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    I follow you on twitter @dawn408 and I tweeted

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    I'm a handyman who could learn a new trick or two.

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    Hollywood Geek Chic says

    Mine decided that he would put in our lovely ceiling fan and didn't need any "instructions". Well he worked and worked on and it looked perfect. Went to turn it on and it wouldn't work, the blades wouldn't spin; he said oh so that's what this piece (he was holding) was for.

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    Haydensmommy05 says

    I follow on twitter and tweeted!

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    Anonymous says

    Things get fixed, but not without a lot of aggravation and taking more time than it should.

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    Anonymous says

    I subscribed via email.

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    I follow on Twitter and tweeted:

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    I don't have a handyman, so there are a few "repairs" that I could have probably made better. The shelves in the garage may not be pretty, but they are functional.

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    Haydensmommy05 says

    My step dad is a maintance supervisor! Its really nice because on big things he can fix them and it saves from big bills!

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    Haydensmommy05 says

    I follow on google friend!

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    My dad could use this… He always claims to know exactly what he's doing, but we all know that's not entirely true.

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    Tim-O-Tee says

    My biggest problem with fixing things is how they snowball. I start off with a small project and then find something else wrong then something after that. Before you know it I have a room half torn apart because I was replacing a light switch.

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    My husbands fix it jobs don't flop they fizzle. He starts projects and then gets almost done then quits.

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    Terra H. says

    My husband is the handyman around my house and he actually does a wonderful job. The problem is getting him to actually do it. Once I poke and prod and nag long enough, he'll get around to fixing things. Thanks.

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    Steve Capell says

    II am handy man and I am always open to new ideas and ways to fix things that seem to keep breaking. I will plead the 5th on making any comments that may incriminate me on some of things that I have tried to fix that have gone wrong.

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.


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    katzkids says

    My husband is a real handyman around the house.He does a great job most of the time.
    He once drilled a hole in his boat.He did a great job of patching it though.It never leaked:)

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    i have a handy man here, as long as its not too complecated, really could use this book

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    Anonymous says

    My husband is a handyman. He amazes me with what he can figure out.

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    Chisum's Crew says

    Lol! That's so funny.

    My handy man fixes things to a point and rarely with the parts that you are supposed to use…

    trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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    smilekisses says

    I did not have a porch on the side of my house when we moved in. So I asked my husband to put a temporary porch their til we could afford a REAL porch. Well, he built a little box out of old pallets for me. It worked, I guess, until a week after using it, I stepped outside and went completely through it. My legs were tore up. I still have visable scars on my legs, 17 years later. We still laugh about my first "porch" to this day.

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    My dad is the family handy man. He can figure anything out – it's intuitive with him.

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    I tweeted today. Well, I re-tweeted your tweet. :-D

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    h. mcnaron says

    I don't have a handyman :( so I am happy we rent so we can call on the landlords. I did once accidentally drop a brush in the toilet and got it clogged- not exactly what you are looking for but embarassing anyway.

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    h. mcnaron says

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    sksweeps says

    A friend was going to show me how to change the washers on my kitchen faucet… simple, huh? HAH! 3 days later, a whole new kitchen faucet, and everything else leading up to the actual wall… we were just thrilled that we got to stop there! I never did learn (on that project) how to change washers!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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    my ex husband tried to fix the stopped up clogged drain with a butter knife and broke the pipe so now water flows under my house

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    I have a handy man but really enjoy doing things myself!

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    sweetsue says

    My guy is super handy, but he procrastinates so long that I usually do it myself.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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    sweetsue says

    I follow you on Google Friend Connect.
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    My husband tried installing a screen door – simple, right? Not only did he put it on crooked, but tried "fixing" it instead of taking it off and redoing it. After everything said and done, you couldn't open it or close it all the way!

    bevwhip at yahoo dot com

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    Anita Yancey says

    My husband is a real handyman, he can fix most things. But sometimes he needs a little help. Please enter me. Thanks!


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    Anonymous says

    I am my own handyman. I absolutely love to fix things. My wishlist years ago had a red, Sears Craftsman toolbox at the very top. My "weapons of construction" are piled up in it just waiting for a "Don't worry. I'll fix it" moment. I'm pretty good but sometimes need guidance; that is why I'd like to win this book. People depend on me, really, and I don't want to let them down.

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    My husband stuck a clothes hanger in the drain hole of our window unit air conditioner to get it to drain properly. He did this while the a/c was on….DONT DO THAT… The hanger touched the moving fan and the ai rconditioner had to be replaced

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    kmorghan says

    My hubby is handy enough, though he does sometimes make some rather makeshift repairs which seem to hold – surprisingly! Right now we have a pole lamp that broke during a cross-country move, and he stuck a dowel down the broken pole and taped it back together. It is more-or-less upright, if you look at it from the right angle.

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    heaventrees says

    My Mr. Fixit was just going to clean the bathroom sink. Somehow cleaning turned into a damaged faucet and then a water disaster when he tried to replace that faucet. sigh.

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    heaventrees says

    I follow on Google Friend Connect. (Christie)

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    I'm trying to remember a funny story but they're escaping me now. We are not handy people and would love this book…seriously. I'm more of the take it apart person in the house, I just never put it back where it all belongs.

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    I don't have a handyman, but I have alot of repairs. I could use the book myself.

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    Nickolay says

    I am the wanna be handy man. I am not so good at it most times though. This book could be a real help


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    we both are into handy and crafty things

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    Anonymous says

    I do not have a handyman and would like to have one!

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    kathyluman says

    I'm the handyman around my house. I could use some good tips. Would love a book like this.
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    kathyluman says

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    kathyluman says

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    heatherann says

    My husband is so sweet and tries so hard to be a handy man but…. I wanted a new railing put up in my sair well so he got everything, started to drill in the wall the drill slipped and he tryed to get his balance but never let go of the drill or the trigger, well lets just say the windaow has now been replaced as well,,,, by a actuall handy man

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    Anonymous says

    My man, while trying to create a veggie/herb garden in the backyard cut the cable lines with his shovel. Twice.
    dwndrgn at hotmail dot com

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    no handyman per se. My husband is better than he thinks. Usually a how to gets him motivated.

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    susan1215 says

    My husband put a new fan on backwards, boy was he mad, took him all day to fix it but he was happy we didn't have to pay someone to do it.

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    My husband is NOT a handyman, if you move any picture in our home there are about 20 holes behind it :)

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    FDP 4 Life says

    my husband is not a handyman but my dad helps him out so we don't mess anything up
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    We had a leak in our roof and it had damaged a section of our living room ceiling. DH cut a hole to replace a section of drywall and then carefully measured and cut a new piece. The problem? The hole he cut didn't have square corners so the new piece didn't fit.

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    I follow with GFC.

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    I follow on twitter and tweeted

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    Bakersdozen says

    My husband has taken up woodworking and now he has become more capable of fixing other things around the house. He just fixed our washer and replaced the belt on our dryer. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    cdmarteny says

    he is handy and reads directions but before we got married he did not turn off breaker melted a screw driver and got schoked very bad

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    My handyman is much better at computer fix its then anything else. Anything that breaks is usually my responsibility since I want it down NOW and not later so this book would be for me! Thanks!

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    I'm a follower

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    I'm a new follower on twitter
    I tweeted

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    I subscribe with email

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    Jinxy and Me says

    My husband is learning to be pretty handy and, fortunately, he doesn't have any good stories because he hasn't really screwed up (yet).

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    Jinxy and Me says

    I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

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    Jinxy and Me says

    I'm subscribed to your RSS feed in my Google Reader.

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    My hubby is my handyman.

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    I follow you on GFC!

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    Charlene says

    My Hubby is a great Handyman, but he's so busy that it's hard to get him to do things around here :)

    motherabagail531 at yahoo dot com

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    Charlene says

    Follower on GFC, thanks!

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    Charlene says

    email subscribe

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    I am a handyman or try to be one. One embarrassing thing I did once was trying to hang a picture and drilled straight into a water pipe!

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    LIKED YOU fb and follow you too

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    follow you twitter and tweeted

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    I have a handyman.. I wanna learn too :)

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    I don't have a handyman. I need one! :)

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    I am a follower

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    missrantsypants says

    My boyfriend is not a handyman at all..he really needs this book. He's currently better at breaking things then he is at fixing them.

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