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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (September 1, 1991)
  • ISBN-10: 0895773783
  • ASIN: B000COQCSS
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This complete revamping of what is perhaps the champion of do-it-yourself guides, surveying almost everything under your roof and some of what lies beyond, has managed to retain all of its classic virtues without adding unnecessary pages. Rewritten, redesigned and newly illustrated, the upgraded edition also includes more color, improving the legibility of its explanatory drawings. New materials, techniques and tools are examined and explained with Reader's Digest 's customary clarity and thoroughness. For example, a chapter on electricity discusses track lighting, ceiling fans and telephones; the consumer who wonders what's going on inside his phone can see exactly what it looks like and consider how to deal with minor adjustments and repairs. The volume is also geared to the new breed of homeowners who admit to some degree of manual incompetence. They can learn how to deal with professionals without feeling intimidated and how to untangle the proper codes and regulations for major work. $400,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This profusely color-illustrated volume is an excellent update to the popular Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual (Reader's Digest Assn., dist. by Random, 1973). The book's intended audience is the occasional do-it-yourselfer with basic to intermediate skills. The coverage is comprehensive, though not overly detailed. Each chapter profiles a particular component of "doing it yourself," and discusses emergency repairs, various tools, fasteners, and building materials before moving into procedures on "how to use." User safety and environmental protection are stressed throughout. The format of the book lends itself to exploration. This update is recommended for public and academic libraries owning the original and desiring a worthy successor, or for those with interest in the area.
- Alex Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I gave this book to my son when he purchased his first home....several years ago.
Unknown
This book is a great resource for homeowners (or even renters) and is all the home repair and improvement manual that many people would ever need.
Karen L. Hunter
I knew just what to tell the repairman when I called to see how much it was going to cost me to get it fixed!!!
Louise

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Hunter on February 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It's extensive, easy to follow and copiously illustrated. With it, I can tackle most small-and-medium jobs around the home (even plumbing, my personal bugaboo. New faucet? No problem!) Without it, I'd be stuck having to call someone in and paying good money to have the work done. This book is a great resource for homeowners (or even renters) and is all the home repair and improvement manual that many people would ever need.
The book is broken into sections, organized by the type of work they cover. There's a chapter on Electrical, one on Plumbing, one on Power Tools, etc. The Emergency Repairs section at the beginning of the book could be invaluable in making your home safe and habitable if necessary until a professional can come in to make permanent repairs.
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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Jim Carson on August 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely good at presenting a given home repair task to the novice and covers most of what you'll ever need to do to your home.
It gives a general listing of the types of tools you'll use and includes some incredibly useful tricks of the trade like how to hide nail heads (aka "blind nailing") and using wedges of wood to prevent pry bars from destroying more than you want.
I especially like the supplementary material it provides. For example in the electrical section, it talks about how electricity is typically wired in a home. It further offers guidelines on such things as the number of receptaccles per (15 amp) circuit and how a layout of circuits might look around your home.
A minor nit is the book lacks is a way to estimate how appropriate a given task is for you. For example, they talk about installing and removing a bathtub, but don't include any conventional warning like "Are you out of your mind?" or "Maybe you should not attempt this." (Removing and installing bathtubs is considered to be both time consuming and labor intensive.)
Overall, this is a great reference book for the homeowner and provides great diagrams and descriptive text of tasks you may soon need to attempt.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is GREAT for the beginning do-it-yourselfer. It assumes that you know next to nothing, which is a good place to start. It's very thorough, starting with tools and how to use them and going through all the components of your house. The one thing it doesn't cover is landscaping/gardening, but there are millions of books about that. It won't teach you how to build your own house, but it has just about everything you need to maintain and improve one.
This book will give you the confidence to take on most home projects yourself. (And, hopefully, the skills to do so as well...)
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book has helped me with so much. When I was a new homeowner, it held my hand through numerous leaks, clogs, installations, renovations, etc. Even if you don't plan to make repairs or renovations yourself, you should still get a copy of this book if you own a home, just so you can ask contractors intelligent questions. Illustrations are helpful and clear, and the index is superb. I recommend this book especially to new homeowners.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Enhydra Lutris on April 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for the novice do-it-yourselfer. I was intimidated with a lot of the work needed to be done on my new home, but this book made it all seem possible. It was clear what things I could tackle myself, and what things are best left to a pro. I particularly liked the section on fasteners - it was something I didn't understand, although I thought I should!, and it gave a detailed description of what to use where, and why. I had a lot of lightbulb moments reading this book.

One note - be sure to pick up the new edition, which I hear is much improved (hard to believe)-it just came out feb 05 and is not the first one amazon brings up - the new edition is actually cheaper as I write this.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have this book and think it's GREAT for projects that you're doing from scratch (like replacing bathroom fixtures), but it's NOT a great Home Repair manual -- there are a lot of minor tasks that go virtually unnoticed and undescribed (like re-caulking bathroom fixtures). A good book to have in your home reference library, but definitely not my first choice!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on December 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are not the most adept person at home repair, or are living on a modest budget which does not allow for expensive home repairs, then this book may be the solution. It is extremely well organized and covers every part of home repair from electrical to plumbing to tools. Even those who do not own their own home but rent, and perhaps have a landlord who only does maintence when the roof falls through (and, believe me, there are more than a few of those around,) you will find this book extremely helpful. The illustrations are clear and the wording straight forward and easy to follow. If it's a Reader's Digest book, it sure to be worth every penny...and this book is. For the home handy-man, or woman (single woman will love this book,) this manual is a "must-have reference guide" to a ton of problems that could cost a fortune if you had to hire a professional to make the repairs. Go for it, be adventurous, the problem might be easier to fix than you think!
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