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Homeowner Basics (Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2008

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About the Author

Jodie Carter is a licensed journeyman electrician. She also has contributed to several books and articles on a range of home improvement topics.
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Steve Wilson is a leading classic motorcycle journalist and author of the definitive six-volume British Motorcycles Since 1950. He contributes monthly to Real Classic and Classic Car Mart magazines.

Jerri Farris (Independence, MO) is an author and editor who specializes in home improvement and home decor books. Her most recent are The Complete Guide to Decorating with Ceramic Tile and The Complete Guide to DIY Projects for Luxurious Living. She has made guest appearances on HGTV and has done interviews with radio stations, periodicals, and newspapers across the nation. She maintains her own blog at: www.jerrifarris.blogspot.com.
David Griffin is a highly-sought professional handyman with a growing reputation as a freelance writer. He is the author of Plumbing 101, and the editor of Fences, Gates & Garden Walls. He lives in Minneapolis, MN
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158923376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589233768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It turned to be very useful for us - first time homeowners. Our house was a foreclosure, so there were tons of things to fix about it. This book has information on basic repairs such as repairing a light fixture, fixing pipes, replacing toilets, installing faucets, painting tips, new floor installation, gutters, etc. etc. The photos are detailed, description is simple. We definitely recommend it.
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If you are a new home-owner or somebody who is not confident in basic repairs, this book is perfect! Each section includes step by step instructions with color photos. At the beginning of each repair is a labeled color photo of all the tools and supplies you'll need to do the job.

What I love most about this book is that it covers not only simple repairs like replacing an outlet, but even covers how to fix squeaky floors or to tune up a garage door. I've never had much experience doing my own repairs, but this book has greatly built my confidence and has me always looking forward to the next project.
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Of the basics books I've seen, this one may cover fewer projects, but it covers them with background info/detail many others don't.
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I bought this book as a gift to my husband when we moved into our first house. It has been such a useful tool being first time homeowners as well as neither of us being particularly handy. I would really recommend it to any first time homeowner as well as to anyone that is not that handy and needs some great photos and easy to follow instructions.
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as a new home owner with a do it yourself attitude i love this book. i cant tell u how many times i've refered to it for one thing or another. so glad i have it.
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The book was purchased as a "housewarming" gift for my daughter and her husband. She informed me that it was very easy to read and understand and they carried the book with them when they were shopping for painting supplies at Home Depot.

The book also explains the basic equipment in a home and included various photos of different types of furnaces, hot water heaters, etc.

She was very happy to have the book for guidance for a new homeowner and reference material when starting on her next renovation project.
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I found and really love the Black and Decker photo guides, they are complete and detailed. If you were a kid that played with Lego's, K'nex, or a good old fashioned erector set and can follow the instruction you will be good to go.

over all i would HIGHLY recommend this product.
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My husband and I bought this book after being overwhelmed with all the home improvements we wanted to make. Steps are easy to follow, helpful pictures, and good variety of common home improvements. Great for first time homeowners!
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