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  • Stephen Mann says:
    155 of 162 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I Didn’t Think They Printed Books Like This Any More, October 3, 2013
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    Stephen Mann (NY, USA) –

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    This review is from: Pocket Ref 4th Edition (Paperback)
    Where to start singing the praises?

    How about the request that anyone who finds an inaccuracy or misprint contact the publisher, with an address for that right next to the “this book is lost, return it to:” page?

    Everything from Algebra to Zinc sheeting gauge tables is in this book, which fits in the space from the pad on the base of my thumb to the end of my little finger in length and the width of my hand when closed. Its about as thick as the end joint on my index finger, and it’s packed with stuff you’ll need at some time or other.

    Need to identify a fastener or bolt? Done. Want to know how much dirt is in that pile over there (or conversely, how much of your driveway will be lost to x cubic yards of dirt)? Done. Log tables (remember them)? Done. Want to learn to tie a bowline and a sheepshank? Done. Need the melting point of lead? done. Need to know exactly how many “6 inch wide” boards you’ll need for your deck that you sized in real inches? Done.

    Time zones? Done. Area codes? Done. Military ranks so you don’t look like an arse when you meet a person on active service? Done. Need to know what day your wife’s birthday will fall on every year from now ’til next muckspreading? Done.

    Take the stuff you used to get in the ends of diaries when we were kids. Add all the stuff you find in the appendices of Big-ass Dictionaries. Add in the actually useful stuff from the old OU Science Data Book. Now pack it all in a pocket-sized book.

    This will bring out the inner eight year old in everyone and is about as useful as a Swiss Army Knife welded to a Leatherman Wave.

    And it is all organized into sensible sections. If you need something mathy, you’ll find it in a “math” section. Need a day/date and you’ll be wading into the perpetual calendar. There’s sections on carpentry, computers, cars. If you walk into a lamppost while reading, there’s a section on first aid, and once properly recovered you’ll be able to identify various properties of the post by looking up the metals section.

    Six stars.

    [EDIT 5/13/16] Good news! There’s now a desk-sized version for people who lack pockets, prefer to browse at a desk or are fed up with being laughed at by those who feel that when it comes to reference books, size matters. [/EDIT]

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  • C. MacPhail says:
    74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Caution: It Could Make Your Head Explode, December 14, 2010
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    C. MacPhail (Solana Beach, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Pocket Ref 4th Edition (Paperback)
    The range of facts in this tiny 860-page book will blow your mind.

    Amazing and fun, especially if you’re techno, mechanical, or scientific.

    You might actually use it. Either way, it’s hard to put down. A fun gift for the right person, including possibly yourself.

    Keep it in the guest bathroom.

    This 4th Edition is expanded (by 12%), updated, and better indexed. But it’s still 3.2″ x 5.4″ x 0.9″

    Reviews of the previous Pocket Ref – 3rd Edition are the highest I’ve seen for anything on amazon. (You can also “Look Inside” the 3rd edition on amazon.)

    Index entries for the letter B:
    ———————————–

    Batteries – sizes and capacities
    Battery characteristics
    Battery efficiency changes with temperature
    Beaufort wind strength scale
    Bed & sheet sizes – USA
    Birthstones by month
    Bites – animal, insect, snake, spider, scorpion
    Bleeding – pressure points on humans
    Blood – types and classifications
    Board feet calculations
    Body mass index (BMI) – Table: height to weight
    Boiling point of water at various elevations
    Bolts – head styles – names and images
    Bolts – clamping force of bolt types
    Bolts – clearance holes for bolts and screws
    Bolts – metric series
    Bolts – standard dry torque
    Bolts – steel bolts and screw grades, types, and classes
    Boltzmann constant
    Bones – broken – symptoms, treatment
    Boyle’s law
    Boys – physical growth percentiles
    Braille alphabet
    British imperial standard wire gauge (SWG)
    British taps and ties
    Browne and Sharpe wire gauge (BSWG)
    BTU – definition, calculation of fuel cost
    Bulbs – pilot lamp specifications
    Bulking factors – rock
    Burns – chemical burns – treatment
    Burns – electrical burns – treatment
    Burns – thermal burns – treatment
    Bytes and bits

    This is only about half of the index entries under “B” !

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  • Gina Hines says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing gift idea!, October 20, 2015
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    Gina Hines (Michigan) –

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    This review is from: Pocket Ref 4th Edition (Paperback)
    I originally purchased this book last year for my boyfriend for Christmas. He’s been carrying it around since and is always finding a use for it. There’s not much this book doesn’t have, and is just an amazing, jam packed reference book. I just purchased it for another person, who is incredibly excited to have it. This is the perfect gift for anyone who likes DIY or just figuring things out out on their own. It makes an awesome stocking stuffer, or any other reason for an inexpensive, small gift that will surely be incredibly useful to anyone who receives it.

    It’s small in size, and as the name of the book alludes to, it’s truly a pocket reference. There’s everything from math equations to bolt sizes, chemical properties, conversions, and ways to estimate quantity. All organized in an easy to find and apply guide.

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