Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

Brand: Andrews McMeel Publishing
MPN: Illustrated
Category: #302505 in Paperback (Health, Fitness & Dieting)
List Price: $10.99
Price: $7.99  (119 customer reviews)
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Dimension: 7.0 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
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Average Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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? Or how to create your own home security system? Science-savvy author Cy Tymony does. And now you can learn how to create these things and more than 40 other handy gadgets and gizmos in Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things. More than a simple do-it-yourself guide, this quirky collection 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. Included are survival, security, self-defense, and silly applications that are just plain fun. You'll be seen as a superhero as you amaze your friends by:

* Transforming a simple FM radio into a device that enables you to eavesdrop on tower-to-air conversations.

* Creating your own personalized electronic greeting cards.

* Making a compact fire extinguisher from items typically found in a kitchen pantry.

* Thwarting intruders with a single rubber band.

By using run-of-the-mill household items and the easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams within, you'll be able to complete most projects in just a few minutes. Whether you use Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things as a practical tool to build useful devices, a fun little fantasy escape, or as a trivia guide to impress friends and family, this book is sure to be a reference favorite for years to come.

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Top Reviews

Unless you are a mechanic and like keeping wires around the house, don't buy this book.
by Jeanlea Kirk (2 out of 5 stars)
January 29, 2018

Bought this book for my son, trying to get him off his games and into something else, thought this book would be great for him. I found out a lot of the ideas in the book you better already have on hand or you have to go and buy the stuff. I thought this book was all about using stuff around your house to make cool things, I don't have a lot of the stuff in the book in my house.
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Great book to interest children of all ages and genders in "information" reading.
by Special Teacher (5 out of 5 stars)
December 30, 2012

I teach reading and math to special education students. Fostering an interest in reading books "for fun" is difficult enough for students who have developed an extreme aversion to reading in general, but capturing their interest in reading for information is a monumental undertaking. Every winter break I try to find a book they will read and reread. This year it was "Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things". The students were thrilled. They were observed reading it during lunch, recess and every spare minute! They came to me constantly during the day to show me a section. I highly recommend this book to students of all ages. I found it facinating and a wonderful resource for teaching hands-on science.
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Great book
by Angelena (5 out of 5 stars)
August 5, 2016

Good book. It shows you how to use everyday items to make things you wouldnt think about. My kid ask me to purchase this book for him as a gift and I did. He seemed to really like it and he tried out some of the things in the book. It entertain him for several hours. I would recommend buying this book for a teenagers or someone who likes to do experiments.
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It's fantastic for anyone who loves to recycle
by Ravyn (5 out of 5 stars)
December 26, 2015

This not only has alternative uses for products, it also has a lot of craft and building projects. It's fantastic for anyone who loves to recycle, loves to build, loves pintrest for the projects listed there. . . It's absolutley wonderful! It was a Christmas gift for my step-father, and he was very excited by it, as was my mother who loved all the projects!
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Good information, but a bit too light
by Rob (3 out of 5 stars)
April 20, 2013

There is some really cool "hacks" in this book, and the author calls out some interesting uses for every day items. There are some neat MacGyver tricks in the book.

My only complaint is that it seems like it should be longer. A few of the tips where the same tip done indifferent ways (which is fine), but at the end of the book I actually said, "that's it?". I was hoping for the MacGyver training manual, but it falls a bit short on that hope.

However, I am still glad I read it, and there is some great tips in the book. Some of the projects would be fun to do with kids if you wanted to get them into science.
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Easy to follow directions, but ingredients NOT common, everyday things
by mose1947 (3 out of 5 stars)
July 23, 2017

I ordered this book for my 11 year old grandson. It has easy to follow directions, but I was disappointed in that the items listed to use in the majority of experiments shown in this book were NOT common household items. In fact there were only a couple of experiments we could do using everyday things found in the average household.
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Could be better
by Kaelyn Angelfoot (3 out of 5 stars)
February 24, 2012

This book is extremely simple and would be great for someone who is looking to learn some of the most basic MacGyver-isms.

One of the things that bothered me most is the cheap hand-drawn illustrations. I think this book would be much better with pictures showing the projects. The book is short and feels like the author rushed through, leaving me with the impression that there is significantly more information to be had elsewhere and that I'm missing something vital. In addition, the illustrations are poorly done. It is improbable that I will purchase the other books in the series.

I gave it three stars because in reading it, I was constantly reminded that thinking creatively is not only possible, it can have amazing results.
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Thin but good
by JDRanger (4 out of 5 stars)
December 11, 2016

Fun and interesting book. Just be aware that there's not an abundance of content.

What's there is great but it's a really short read.
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A little brainy, a little zany!
by dreamweaver (4 out of 5 stars)
October 22, 2016

Grandson loved it! It's written for kids so I don't understand the disdain in some of the reviews. Yes, you can find a lot of this online but kids have so much "screen time" nowadays it's nice to see them following instructions written in a book!
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Awesome book! Buy 5
by SGS (5 out of 5 stars)
January 16, 2018

I bought a bunch of these to give as gifts to all the men in my life. Every single guy was excited to receive it! This was true across a wide range of ages and educational levels - I would highly recommend it

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