While I didn't actually learn anything from this book, that doesn't make it any less fantastic. It should be required reading for everyone who intends to grow up and live on their own, starting at about age 10. It'd be the perfect gift for the kid leaving for college, or the new homeowner. I wish I'd had this book when I was 19, I wouldn't have had to painstakingly re-invent the wheel over and over again. The photos are clear, the text informative. It's kinda presented as the One True Way, but any way is better than no way at all.