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Storage, restoration, and repair for your collectible items

  1. HOW TO: Identify First Editions and First Printings

    There have been a few short discussions here and there regarding certain first editions - books and/or dustjackets. This purpose of this thread is...

    Started by Patrick, 11-09-2007 05:49 PM
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  2. HOW TO: Replace the battery in the Whitney Museum stainless steel MY PRETTY PONY.

    The battery in the clock wears down and stops after a few years. You may elect to leave it that way but it is possible to replace the battery and...

    Started by carlosdetweiller, 12-22-2011 05:21 PM
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  3. How To: Photograph Your Books

    Tips on taking photos of your books: What Makes a Good Photograph for Submission to a Juried Show or Galleryby Linda Kiley, 23 Sandy Gallery ...

    Started by Randall Flagg, 11-23-2010 07:39 AM
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  4. Cleaning Book Cloth

    A few books that I purchased last Fall were not issued with dust jackets and had picked up a noticeable amount of dust and light dirt on the covers...

    Started by Scoogs, 03-02-2013 10:35 AM
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  5. How to upgrade the binding on a book

    There was some interest in the P&J thread on my custom bound faux S/L of Wizard and Glass, specifically on the how's and whys. I'll cover the...

    Started by Robert Fulman, 06-03-2013 06:10 PM
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  6. HOW TO: Care for Your Dust Jackets

    This may be a weird question, but here goes. Is there a way to clean a glossy dust jacket that has these spots. I'm not sure what the spots are from,...

    Started by mae, 11-01-2007 04:46 PM
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    03-26-2014 08:38 AM Go to last post
  7. Magazine Repair

    I discovered yesterday that most of the magazines I am collecting have had the staples fall out. In a couple of them, the cover has completely...

    Started by pixiedark76, 05-05-2011 07:37 AM
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    04-20-2014 05:10 AM Go to last post
  8. HOW TO: Remove Smoke& Other Unwanted Smells from Books

    Some methods I have tried with success. For really smoky books all three steps were necessary. Layer the bottom of a box with baking soda. Place...

    Started by Randall Flagg, 12-01-2007 11:56 AM
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  9. Remove Books while Flea Bombing

    I am going to Flea Bomb my house and I was wondering if I should remove or cover my book collection? Would the Flea Bomb hurt my books? Would it...

    Started by pixiedark76, 10-10-2010 08:59 AM
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    10-04-2015 05:32 PM Go to last post
  10. HOW TO: Package Books Properly

    So, it is a major pet peave of mine when I receive books from sellers that are poorly packaged. I have decided to create a tutorial on the PROPER...

    Started by tippy4, 05-09-2012 03:28 PM
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    12-16-2015 07:10 PM Go to last post
  11. UV Window Film

    I haven't tried this myself, but it might be useful if your books are in a room that gets a lot of sunlight. (I still wouldn't leave a bookcase...

    Started by Scoogs, 05-05-2013 11:30 AM
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  12. How To: Clean soiled page edges

    I have achieved moderate to very good success cleaning soiled page edges using sandpaper. Here is what worked best for me: Practice on a book of...

    Started by Randall Flagg, 02-17-2008 10:35 AM
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    02-23-2016 08:43 AM Go to last post
  13. HOW TO: Prevent Dust From Accumulating on Books

    So I was just looking over my books and noticed alot of them had some dust on them. I tried blowing it off, and that seems to have worked for a...

    Started by Ricky, 06-15-2009 01:27 PM
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  14. HOW TO: Store/Pack Your Books for a Cross-Country Move

    Hey guys I need a little advice, I am going to be moving over 1000 miles away in a few months and have been thinking about moving my collection. ...

    Started by inertia1215, 08-19-2008 04:23 PM
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  15. How to Repair Bag of Bones Record Player

    Bag Of Bones Record Player Repair When I received the unit, it wasn’t working. I speculated that it had one or more batteries that were dead....

    Started by Randall Flagg, 10-13-2017 01:11 PM
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  16. HOW TO: Remove Stickers from Books

    This is probably a stupid question, but how the hell do you get a "sticky" sticker off a paperback without damaging it? I bought a copy of The...

    Started by Daghain, 11-14-2007 08:01 PM
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  17. Removing previous owners name

    I'm sure there is no good way to do this other than white out but if anyone knows please share :)

    Started by Beverly Marsh, 05-20-2016 07:11 AM
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  18. How To Properly Store Your Books

    Silverfish, roaches, etc... The bane of our sacred collections! I've been storing my books in Brodart Archival quality zip-lock bags for fifteen...

    Started by Ben Eads, 05-01-2019 01:06 PM
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  19. HOW TO: Insure Your Collectibles

    A while back, someone posted the Insurance company that Stu uses. Anyone have their info and web site?. Thanks.

    Started by Fsmdr, 01-19-2008 10:37 AM
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    08-30-2019 07:14 AM Go to last post
  20. HOW TO: Simple Book Repair Manual

    I saw this over at Lifehacker and thought I would post it here.... https://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/preservation/repair/index.html

    Started by funky dredd, 07-29-2008 07:17 PM
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