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Invaluable reference for readers of Henri De Marne's column,
This review is from: About the House with Henri de Marne: How to maintain, repair, upgrade, and enjoy your home (Paperback)
Henri De Marne publishes a nationally syndicated column called "First Aid for the Ailing House," in which he answers homeowners' questions about how to maintain, repair, upgrade, and enjoy their homes. If you are a fan of the column, buy this book pronto. De Marne has over three decades of experience with home maintenance and this volume collects all his advice into nine chapters organized by section of the house (roof, exterior, plumbing, etc.). It includes an extensive index which cross-lists items under as many names as possible. If you have a question and De Marne has ever answered it, you can locate his advice in a few seconds with this book.
This reviewer purchased About the House not because she was a fan of the column, but as part of a search for a good new homeowner reference book. This has been recommended as a great gift for a new homeowner, and I disagree with that recommendation. This is a great book for an experienced homeowner or a regular reader of the column. It is not organized in a fashion that is relevant to new homeowners, who need step-by-step maintenance and care instructions and would be aided by illustrations (which this book lacks, for the most part).
Know what you are getting into, and buy this book if it meets your need. This is not a gift book for the first-time homeowner.
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Initial post: May 12, 2008 6:31:37 PM PDT
Steven Peterson says:
I can do some basics around the house, but this book doesn't sound like it would be so useful for me. Nice review.
Posted on May 14, 2008 8:32:11 PM PDT
Judy K. Polhemus says:
I agree with Steve. The book has to have pictures!! Show me!! But thanks for the review! Does this mean you know how to do this stuff?
Posted on May 15, 2008 5:19:14 PM PDT
Linda Bulger says:
Don't mind me, I'll just keep watching re-runs of "This Old House" and my all-time favorite, "The New Yankee Workshop."
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