From Publishers Weekly
Master plumber, contractor and host of his own TV show on the DIY Network (Ed the Plumber), Del Grande puts his experience to work in this helpful guide to basic home maintenance and repair. Operating under the premise that a homeowner knows his or her house best, Del Grande explains, in simple terms, how homeowners can diagnose common problems and fix them. He covers day-to-day issues such as clogged drains, replacing light fixtures and resetting circuit breakers, as well as bigger projects such as installing a new dishwasher and laying down laminate flooring. Most projects are complemented with time- and money-saving tips, as well as easy-to-follow illustrations. While it's far from comprehensive, this book is an excellent primer for first-time homeowners and others unfamiliar with home maintenance.
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Who could resist a home repair pro who launches his first book with this introductory homily: "Get to know your home like you get to know a friend." So begins this systematic do-it-yourself manual on repairs and renovations almost any homeowner can tackle—with strong words about those jobs only professionals should handle. This Rhode Island contractor and media host knows well the fear and dread behind the "Honey, will you fix this?" request; he starts quite simply by defining tools and demystifying house systems, the latter accomplished through black-and-white illustrations, uncomplicated narrative, and plenty of Ed's pro tips and Ed's trouble tips as guides. Not only does Del Grande explain the most common how-to procedures, from unclogging toilets and sinks to repairing small drywall holes, he also counsels readers on a host of non-DIY projects: for instance, selecting shower grab bars, monitoring the three Gs (gutters, proper grading, and groundwater), and considering important items before singing a contractor's contract. Easy-to-use, lingo-free directions. Jacobs, Barbara Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved