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This is a great general fix-it book for the do-it-yourselfer. The authors have packed a lot of helpful information into this comprehensive guide to home improvements, from winterizing windows to unclogging stopped drains, painting, repairing furniture, installing flooring, weather-stripping doors and windows, making basic plumbing and electrical repairs and improvements, and completing indoor and outdoor projects. Like all the books in the Dummies series, special icons highlight "Great Gadgets," tools and specialty devices to make projects go faster; "Safety First," with tips on potential dangers and how to avoid them; and "Remember," indicating special points to remember during projects. Well organized and indexed for easy reference, the book is filled with hundreds of helpful diagrams and illustrations. This is a great gift book for the new homeowner or anyone off to a new house or apartment for the first time. Even if you have no tools and little experience, you'll find which tools you must have for any project. By simply following the straightforward instructions, this book will have you looking like a pro in no time. --Mark A. Hetts

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"The most comprehensive guide available for those of us who are ‘home improvement challenged.’"
—Susan Powell, Host of Discovery Channel’s Home Matters

Over 300 step-by-step illustrations show you how

"Gene and Katie Hamilton . . . offer lots of do-it-yourself know-how."
—USA Today

Make your own house calls with this handy guide to home improvement. From fixing leaky faucets and replacing faded wallpaper to installing light fixtures and repairing broken furniture, Home Improvement For Dummies® shows you how to save time, save money, and save your sanity!

Praise for Gene and Katie Hamilton’s HouseNet.com

"For home renovators looking for tips . . . HouseNet is the place to go."
—Newsweek

"Voted the best place on the Web for fixing up your home."
—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine

"Think of . . . Gene and Katie Hamilton as your helpful neighbors."
—Chicago Tribune

Discover how to:

  • Tackle basic home improvement projects
  • Paint, refinish, and wallpaper like a pro
  • Fix or replace all kinds of flooring
  • Maintain and weatherproof windows and doors
  • Troubleshoot plumbing and electrical problems
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550058
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Librarian on December 4, 2013
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I am a librarian at a university and the buyer must be aware of what they are buying. This book is a *reprint* of the 1998 book "Home Improvement For Dummies." Amazon, the Wiley website, and the For Dummies website all erroneously report the book as having a date of 2012. This is wrong. The content of the book is 14 years old. Inside the book, the copyright date is 1998. ("Look Inside" at the verso of the book.) I could not find 2012 mentioned at all. The fact that it is a reprint, second printing, or any printing is not mentioned. I contacted the publisher directly and they told me it was a reprint. Contact Wiley or For Dummies and ask them yourself! I expressed my disapproval.

It is very possible that Amazon did not know that the age of the product was misrepresented. Publishers provide the information about their materials.

Now, you may find it acceptable that the content is 14 years old. Some home improvement options may not have changed significantly since 1998. But for myself, with the changes in the housing market and the economy and houses in the past 14 years, I will be returning this book and buying something more current.

It is a shame. I used to like the For Dummies series. Now, I am more suspicious. I AM keeping "Home Maintenance for Dummies" (2010, 2nd ed.).
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
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Having just entered into home-owning (versus apartment-dwelling) I've embarked on a crash course in home improvement. So far, this book has been a good resource, especially in terms of =illustrating= what I'm supposed to do. I need the visual cues to understand how part A is supposed to fit into part B and so on. This is one book I think I will be referring to often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on May 17, 2009
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Very affordable book with lots of info to reference for the new/young homeowner! I have a copy and give it as gifts to friends for housewarming!
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I got it for a friend of mine to help them make repairs to my home. They have a lot of projects going, hopefully this book will help light the fire. They read what they needed to do, and they said that it was easily explainable and ready to tackle the job .... Now,when that will take place ... One day .. LOL. Really thought it looked like it was a good deal and you could read it and understand what it's trying to tell you. So, let me say what I read from another reviewer .... If your looking at this item, your interested in buying it. Go ahead and take the chance. I recommend it.
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While this book did not cover the subject that I was interested it, it did contain many interesting project to think about. It is a good source when you are thinking about making some improvements to your home.
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By misslamb on February 6, 2013
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I have used this book many times since buying my 1st home. Many helpful tidbits and information. I recommend this book to any home owner or someone who appreciates layman terms to fixing the home.
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Urgh. This book really is *the* guide to making your home better. But, well, just be careful if you give it as a gift. If you're not careful, you may end up having to help.
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By Aaron Moore on August 26, 2013
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Broad
Covers various areas of home improvement.
Not extremely detailed to master anything.

Breaks down the basics.
Great for first time homeowners.
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