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Black & Decker Complete Home Improvement: with 300 Projects and 2,000 Photos (Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide) Flexibound – Bargain Price, October 1, 2007
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Unfortunately, my neighbor came to reclaim the book, and after looking for a book of similar substance, I have circled back to this one. Today I'm buying this book with the Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Home Improvement (I've been asked to build a brick patio next.) As a former Army helicopter mechanic, I used to feel as though with a chopper manual and the right tools I could fix anything. Seriously, this book makes me feel the same way about home improvement projects. I can't think of anything you could do to the interior of a home that's not in this book. Want to rip down an interior wall to open up living space? In here. How about a glass block partition around your shower stall? Yep. Skylights? A bay window? Parquet floors? Stucco finish on the walls? All in this book.
Within a week after purchasing my house, I was installing new flooring, toilets, sinks, faucets, electrical outlets and switches, and light fixtures. These are things that I had NEVER done, but was able to do successfully with the help of this book.
If you do get this book, I also strongly recommend the Black & Decker Complete Guide to Home Repair as a companion. There is some overlap between the two books, but there are important pieces that are exclusive to each. Best wishes with your project!
---Original Review 2003----UPDATE 4/3/2015--------------------------------
While not as essential as it once was with the easily availability of project guides and videos online, this is still a useful starting point for many projects and I would still recommend new homeowners check it out. I still have my copy, but find myself referring more often to books with greater depth and detail around the specific task, as well as online video tutorials, to get jobs done that I haven't tackled before.
As an engineer, I consider myself "above average" in home repair. However, this book has saved me a few times, when I got lost, such as helping me to understand a three way electric switch circuit for my kitchen light.
The cut away diagrams are very useful; especially for the plumbing sections. They literally cut things in half, to show you the inside view, whether it be a garbage disposal or a shower stall.
Black & Decker used significant resources in making this book because in a way it is an advertisement for B&D tools. The book conveniently displays and uses Black & Decker tools in the pictures. Bear in mind that Black & Decker is in the business of selling tools, not books. However, that being said the book is still a great reference.
I already purchased the complimentary book, "The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair" by the same publisher about 6 months ago and this book is of similar quality and style.
The first thing you notice is its weight. It must weight at least 6 pounds! The numerous full color photos illustrating each of the 250 home improvement projects are what seperates this book from the others (which frequently only contain diagrams and/or illustrations). The photos make it much easier to understand the step-by-step tasks and instructions for each project.
The first 20 pages of the book discuss project planning followed by 120 pages discussing basic techniques of carpentry, plumbing, and wiring before going into the details of each of the projects. This makes sure the readers have a good foundation of general knowledge before embarking on the instructions and details of each project.
AS I said, I highly recommend this book along with its counterpart "The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair". These books have already helped my save a significant amount of money by allowing me to tackle some or the repair/improvement projects myself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every time my wife wants something done around the house I look it up in the book to decide if I want to do it myself or hire a pro. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Christopher Shumans
This "how to" book effectively demystifies projects and repairs we all should know. A must read for all property ownersPublished 22 months ago by andrew p motel
I thought this was a great guide for new home owners. We just purchased our home in the Fall. Obviously we were not expecting some of the things we would have to repair as... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by SSmith
For a DIYer this is a must have. It will give you the basics on everything you'd need to know on how to repair your house. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Blueblur1984
Excellent choice for dummies. If you need to be taught the basics in order tackle the toughest jobs around the house, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Slim
I found this book very helpful with gaining familiarity with terms of homebuilding. Also the pictures are great. I would suggest this book to others.Published on November 2, 2012 by Beau