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Ed Del Grande's House Call: Foolproof Tricks of the Trade from a Master Contractor Paperback – Bargain Price, May 10, 2007

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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Studio (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142005185
  • ASIN: B001G8WJB8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,046,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is excellent if you want to fix things around the house and aren't an expert. Ed's tips are useful, informative, and humorous. His tips are time- and money-saving, and I've saved 100s of dollars by fixing and installing things myself rather than hiring a contractor. I am no expert in the house, but with Ed's easy-to-follow instructions, I sure feel like one. I definitely recommend this book!!!
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Because the author's weekly column in our paper is confined to plumbing, I thought that's what I was buying (rather than general home improvement stuff). Disappointed because plumbing is the subject of interest, but I didn't check carefully enough before I bought.

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I'm finding the book to be very frustrating. I'm more than halfway through it and I haven't learned a thing...except this. If you want to be a quitter, this is the guy to teach you how. In the book, the author constantly suggests you give up and call a licensed plumber. Why would you need this book if you didn't intend to work your way through the problems. For me, not learning anything makes the misinformation even more insulting. Regarding the toilet handle assembly: It doesn't just "appear to be a reverse-threaded nut". It actually IS a reverse-threaded nut. And a combination square does NOT look like what is pictured with the description. The garbage disposal section is where I had had enough. Who cares that it was once called a "disposer". What's more important are the guidelines for using it. Who would ever suggest pouring coffee grounds down your disposal? Are you looking for trouble? Throw them in the trash. Btw, the sink clog illustration is in incorrect. I really dislike how the author is always insistent about using a "licensed" plumber. There are plenty of non-licensed guys who are quite capable, as are there many licensed guys who are lacking in knowledge or are willing to take advantage of you. Even with my 40 years of experience, and people calling me a "master" builder, I refuse to accept that title, as I believe I am still learning, and always will be. I guess this is what happens when you write a book just to make money from it.
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I'm not terribly handy, which is why I bought this book, but nearly everything in it is either obvious or I already knew it, despite my general lack of experience fixing things.
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