Ladies with Tools

Feminine Fix-it Handbook title page

The Feminine Fix-it Handbooks

I’m actually kind of a fan of this book. Aside from the dated advice, it is actually a pretty good book. It’s written without any cutesy condescending language. I am also a big fan of the vocabulary/definition appendix in this book. Jargon is often an extra layer of complication when someone is learning a new skill. My nerd librarian self loves good footnotes, indexes, etc. The author/publishers recognize that the use and organization of the information is also critical. Regardless of gender, this is a pretty decent book.

My mom was actually quite the fixer around our house. She was never afraid to pick up a tool and figure something out. My mom would have liked this and even back in 1972 would have definitely disliked a “feminine” version of a repair manual.


Table of Contents

Basic Tools

pest control

Exterior Maintenance




  1. I have never heard a plunger called a “force cup”, but I have heard of all of the substances except perthane on pages 176-177 because they are regulated water contaminants.

    1. Nor have I. And I thought a plumber’s helper was a snake (my dad was a plumber and he had a BIG one)

    2. I googled “plumber’s helper”, which lead to “plunger” on Wikipedia.

      One of the “See also” references was “Dalek”.

      Hee hee.

      We will EXTERMINATE your clogs!

      1. Unlikely, they can’t angle the thing downward enough to get it in the toilet. Not to mention you’d need an ADA-compliant bathroom for it to get in.

  2. I am a single mom to two teenage daughters. I fancy myself handy, and can take care of most regular maintenance around our house. Every time I finish a job, I ask my kids, “Do you know know what tool I didn’t need?” They answer swiftly (trained well), “A man.” Correct. I would have used this book in the 70s but now rely heavily on YouTube demonstrations.

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