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From the Back Cover

The easy way to keep your home in tip-top shape!

Just like a car, a home requires regular maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. Home Maintenance For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gives you the latest tips and advice on how to inspect, tune up, and make repairs to every part of your house! You'll get expert, step-by-step information that will empower you to roll up your sleeves and make your home safer, more comfortable, and more energy efficient.

  • Home maintenance and you — practical information on the benefits of home maintenance and the major systems and components in your home

  • The energy envelope — guidance on understanding your home's exterior surfaces and associated components, like windows and doors, the roof, the basement, and the foundation

  • Plumbing and HVAC — instructions on how to tackle problems with mechanical equipment, common household appliances, and heating and cooling systems

Open the book and find:

  • Ten home maintenance skills you'll be glad to have

  • Tips on preserving your home's value and avoiding costly repairs

  • Green maintenance and cleaning options

  • Tips on day-to-day repairs from walls and appliances to decks and fences

  • Straightforward advice on what you can tackle yourself and when you should call a pro

  • Step-by-step instructions on everything from replacing a furnace filter to insulating your home

About the Author

James Carey and Morris Carey Jr. share their 55+ years of experience as award-winning, licensed contractors with millions of people nationwide through a weekly radio program and syndicated newspaper column, both titled On The House. They also appear regularly on CBS News Saturday Morning.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047043063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470430637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By SteveR on August 20, 2011
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This book is a great overview to help the new homeowner be a little more savvy about maintaining your house. It starts out explaining why home maintenance is important, getting to know the house, and putting together a plan.

Sections include
- The Energy Envelope (foundation, floors, roofing, siding, windows, doors, insulation)
- Key Systems: Plumbing and HVAC
- Inside Home Sweet Home (walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, appliances, fireplaces, home-safety)
- Out in the Great Wide Open (walkways, patios/decks, driveways, fences)
- The Part of Tens (cleaning solutions, maintenance skills you need)

There's even a handy to-do list that breaks down home maintenance into "musts," "shoulds," and "coulds." Plus a schedule of annual, seasonal, or monthly maintenance.

The book helps me feel more comfortable knowing the basics of home maintenance. Cleaning, caulking, painting, leaks, cracks. It makes you feel more confident to take care of the little things around the house and avoid costly repairs later on.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bandi on June 11, 2010
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We have been living in our current home for over 20 years but I purchased this book for my husband anyway as he is a big fan of the Carey Brothers. He absolutely loves it from the do it yourself cleaning solutions to the home maintence checklist. So whether you are a first time homeowner or have owned your home for 20 years like us this book is must have.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Don Logay on May 19, 2010
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As the former Editor-in-Chief of the top three magazines for the professional remodeling industry, I can say (with some degree of authority) that "Home Maintenance for Dummies" is the number one reference book that every home owner and apartment dweller needs to keep handy. The insights and pro tips offered by the Carey Brothers are spot-on info-wise and are based on decades of experience and "real" hands-on home repair work. Filled with easy to understand solutions and hundreds of suggestions to keep one's household running trouble-free, the "book with the yellow cover" will help you avoid having to use the dreaded "yellow pages" once its too late.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 22, 2010
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I am a new homeowner, and this book has been a huge help for me. I don't intend to do many repairs myself, but I wanted a resource that would help me be more knowledgeable when talking to contractors, and it has been great for that. It also has a great maintenance checklist so you know what needs done & when.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BearPup on December 21, 2012
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I gave this as a housewarming present to a first-time home buyer. She had no experience in doing home repairs but wanted to learn. She swears by the book..."I've actually used it a lot. Its been great.". Given her review, I feel like I chose the right 'beginners' book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Sutton on May 19, 2010
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Home Maintenance for Dummies is the best Dummy book ever. I have no aptitude for home maintenance and yet this book clearly explained matters in a way even I could understand. Well done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harold on November 4, 2013
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Very informative. Had my first house and I never thought that I had to do some of the things written here. I guess you don't what you don't know. Education is always good
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mary l. ray on February 27, 2011
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great book especially for new home owners - it has given me the confidence to know what and when to do home maintenance and if i can't do it myself - hire someone. I feel i have a basic knowledge of what to look for in home maintenance and how to get the job done.
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