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Home Improvement For Dummies
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 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
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
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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on August 6, 2013
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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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on June 11, 2012
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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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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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on January 13, 2013
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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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on August 27, 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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on February 18, 2013
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I am very pleased with the content of the book, it's illustration, etc. Very user friendly. Book arrived quickly, with great packaging, and was in great shape.
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on January 8, 2013
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This is great book for the novice homeowner. Very informative and instructions are clear. Would recommend to a friend. thanks
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