I gave this book as a gift to my brother when he bought 70 year-old home. He said it paid for itself in the first week of having it! He was able to solve a plumbing problem by following the book's advice and purchasing a $5 part, rather than paying for a plumber!
This book is a good introduction to home improvement. It provides detailed instructions on how to handle a large variety of projects. It's not the end all be all, however, and it's important to make sure you have a basic understanding of tools before you start. I would recommend pairing it with one of the Black and Decker series books, which are much more specific to the project you may be tackling.
I was very happy to locate this book. I was told my Home Depot staff that the books would no longer be published because they were going to be putting all the material on DVD's. Thanks Amazon.com and the sellers for coming through again.
I have not read the whole book, just areas that I was working on at the time. I found the book to be helpful for the most part. some great ideas in some areas. There were many things that I would do using other techniques. I a have been in the home improvement industry for over 35 years, so I have learned many ways of doing the same thing. There are ways of doing repairs the hard way and the easy way (and there are correct techniques and improper ones as well) Some ways, in the book, to do the repairs that can make it a slower process, but will get the job done. There is nothing wrong with that, but some homeowners don't have the time or don't want to spend 8 hours on a project that may only need 1 or 2 hours. If you have questions or need suggestions on a project, email or call one of your local contractor or handyman for ideas, suggestions, advice, or assistance. I have random people (past clients and new clients to be) call me and I freely give my 2 cents. What does it hurt me to help people? sjpeterman(dot)com . If you get the book, and you should, and live in the Orange County, Ca area, contact me. I would enjoy the conversation, and hopeful you will too. Enjoy the book.