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BOOKS THAT WORK'S HOME SURVIVAL TOOLKIT PUTS MULTIMEDIA TO WORK ON HOME REPAIR; NEW DO-IT-YOURSELF SOFTWARE PROGRAM IS THE ULTIMATE GIFT

 PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- From wiring a light switch to purchasing paint, doing it yourself is now easier than ever before. Books That Work announced today the release of "The Home Survival Toolkit(TM)", a "how-to" multimedia software program for home maintenance and repair. The second product in Books That Work's Home & Yard Series, "The Home Survival Toolkit" contains information crucial to every home dweller, including tips, techniques and colorful animations that explain how to fix electrical and plumbing problems, prevent common emergencies, use a variety of tools and more. The Windows-based program, designed by professional builders, artists and writers, delivers information in an exciting multimedia format. It is available for around $35, and does not require a CD-ROM drive. An essential addition to every household, "The Home Survival Toolkit" is a fast, practical reference that saves home dwellers time and money.
 "The Home Survival Toolkit" represents a new direction in multimedia products with its underlying "intelligent" software tools, called "Survival Guides(TM)" and "Estimators(TM)." These tools consist of rich customized databases and powerful calculators that deliver specific information to the consumer in an easy-to-use, lively way. With the "Paints" and "Adhesives" Survival Guide, users decide what kind of paint or adhesive to buy for different situations, surfaces and desired appearances. To use the "Stain Removal" Survival Guide, homeowners simply enter the staining agent and surface, and the program produces detailed instructions on how to remove the stain. "Paint Estimator," "Concrete Estimator" and "Attic Venting Estimator" calculate precise supply needs to ensure that do-it-yourselfers buy the correct quantities of materials.
 Individual chapters in "The Home Survival Toolkit" deal with the most common home repair subjects. The "Emergencies" chapter prepares homeowners to respond intelligently to the household disasters that can wreak havoc with a savings account. It covers gas leaks, fires, electrical problems, a shut-off water supply, burst and frozen pipes, and leaking roofs. "The Home Survival Toolkit" gives instructions on how to personally cope with emergencies to save thousands of dollars.
 The "Tools" chapter is a complete homeowner's guide to selecting, caring for and using a home tool collection. It features professional tips and clear, easy-to-understand visual explanations. The "Painting" chapter offers techniques for executing clean, long-lasting paint jobs. And, "A Field Guide to Paint Failures" helps prevent common mistakes.
 If a problem is beyond the scope of do-it-yourself techniques, the "Working With A Pro" chapter analyzes when and how to hire a contractor, alerts users to signs of fraud and includes a sample construction agreement. The program also features an extensive database of toll-free numbers for companies offering everything from catalogs and detailed product literature to technical advice.
 "The Home Survival Toolkit" comes on 3-1/2" diskettes and requires an IBM PC or 100 percent compatible, 386 or higher, 2MB RAM minimum; VGA or Super VGA monitor, and Windows 3.1. It does not require a CD-ROM drive.
 Books That Work, Inc. is a developer and publisher of interactive software devoted to the home how-to market. Its first product, "Design & Build Your Deck," was launched in May 1993. "Design & Build Your Deck" is a multimedia software program that features an electronic design workshop and offers intuitive guidance through every phase of deck design and construction. Books That Work is based in Palo Alto, Calif. To order or for more information, contact Books That Work, 285 Hamilton Ave., Suite 260, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Phone: 800-242-4546.
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