Nearly 1M Books Recalled For Bad DIY Advice

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    Jan 10, 2010
  1. Mark Wein :mad:

    http://cbs2.com/business/diy.book.recalled.2.1414606.html

    Oxmoor House on Friday recalled nearly 1 million home improvement books because of errors that could lead do-it-yourselfers to make risky mistakes while installing or repairing their electrical wiring.

    The errors in technical diagrams and wiring instructions could cause people to be shocked or create a fire hazard.

    In announcing the voluntary recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said no incidents have been reported.

    Oxmoor House of Birmingham, Ala., published the 951,000 recalled books.

    Here are the nine different book titles being recalled:

    _"AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook"

    _"Lowe's Complete Home Improvement and Repair"

    _"Lowe's Complete Home Wiring"

    _"Sunset Basic Home Repairs"

    _"Sunset Complete Home Wiring"

    _"Sunset Complete Patio Book"

    _"Sunset Home Repair Handbook"

    _"Sunset Water Gardens"

    _"Sunset You Can Build — Wiring"

    Readers might have bought some of the books more than three decades ago. Bookstores and home improvement stores nationwide sold the recalled books from January 1975 through December 2009.

    Consumers can call 866-696-7602 for more details.
     
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  3. jelloman couch'd tater...

    :facepalm:

    ...anyone who needs a book they bought at lowes to do a home repair...probably shouldn't...
     
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  5. Kerouac weird musical dildo

    Hey, we all have to learn someh*ZAP*
     
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  7. Tiltsta Bliuw fan my ôf!

    I didn't think step four looked right....

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. ChaseA17 n00b

    Step 5: Hold opposing ends of live wire in mouth while duct taping light bulb into socket.
     
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  11. Mark Wein :mad:

    This is the part that gets me:

     
  12. Jan 11, 2010
  13. jaxn slim Your Worst Nightmare

    Seriously. Anyone in the know uses YouTube for that.
     
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  15. Prages User Error

    In their defense, codes change all the time. It's possible that what is considered a very dangerous fire hazzard and extremely dangerous in 2009, was perfectly acceptable in 1975.

    Kind of like sharing needles and unprotected sechs.
     
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  17. Dew Knot Hump Sausager

    I don't mess around with electrical or gas work. Everything else I can pretty much handle but when it comes to electric and gas I pay someone to do it for me.
     
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  19. Tralfaz Drawing a Blank


    I must confess that I've used the DIY books sold at Lowes and Home Depot to do some fairly complex home repairs. It's still infinitely better than the advice you get from the dimbulbs who work there.
     
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  21. Steverino black sheep

    The black wire is hot. That's real important.
     

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