- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Readers Digest; Reissue, Subsequent edition (September 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895773783
- ISBN-13: 978-0895773784
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual Hardcover – September 1, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
This complete revamping of what is perhaps the champion of do-it-yourself guides, surveying almost everything under your roof and some of what lies beyond, has managed to retain all of its classic virtues without adding unnecessary pages. Rewritten, redesigned and newly illustrated, the upgraded edition also includes more color, improving the legibility of its explanatory drawings. New materials, techniques and tools are examined and explained with Reader's Digest 's customary clarity and thoroughness. For example, a chapter on electricity discusses track lighting, ceiling fans and telephones; the consumer who wonders what's going on inside his phone can see exactly what it looks like and consider how to deal with minor adjustments and repairs. The volume is also geared to the new breed of homeowners who admit to some degree of manual incompetence. They can learn how to deal with professionals without feeling intimidated and how to untangle the proper codes and regulations for major work. $400,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This profusely color-illustrated volume is an excellent update to the popular Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual (Reader's Digest Assn., dist. by Random, 1973). The book's intended audience is the occasional do-it-yourselfer with basic to intermediate skills. The coverage is comprehensive, though not overly detailed. Each chapter profiles a particular component of "doing it yourself," and discusses emergency repairs, various tools, fasteners, and building materials before moving into procedures on "how to use." User safety and environmental protection are stressed throughout. The format of the book lends itself to exploration. This update is recommended for public and academic libraries owning the original and desiring a worthy successor, or for those with interest in the area.
- Alex Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book will give you the confidence to take on most home projects yourself. (And, hopefully, the skills to do so as well...)
I also have the original 1973 edition (without the word ‘New’ at the title beginning), which has 600 pages and many more photographs – color – than this book, so we use both of them as a reference. One of the other differences besides page numbers is in chapter 17. In the 1973 edition, for example, the chapter has 50 projects that the buyer might want to build, so for this chapter alone, the 1973 edition is worth keeping and consulting.
Another difference between the 2 editions is that the 1991 edition has more current tools and accessories that are demonstrated to fix things.
I am not a contractor and have never fixed things in a house before we bought our first home. I am an educator, so I have lots of different books on different topics to consult in my library when something needs fixing in the house. I also do online searches, print them out, and use them in conjunction with these 2 Reader’s Digest DIY Manuals.
Both RD DIY Manuals are priceless resources in keeping a home running smoothly. If we have a major problem that can’t be fixed from consulting the books and online sources, though, we get a professional in to fix it. During the process of home-DIY, we learn about our home and how to keep it in good working order.
If I should come across an even more current edition of DIY, I would buy it and use it in conjunction with the other 2 books.
These books are something that every household should have.
Using this manual, I have been able to repair a ceiling, install drywall, repair a cement walkway and stairs, install a new window, and fix a tile floor. My only investments were time and some materials from a local big-box home store. I can’t calculate what these would have cost me if I had to hire a handyman to come in and do these things for me.
The other great thing about this book is that it’s also a reference manual! It has clear explanations of all the different systems you actually have in a house – plumbing, electrical, masonry, exteriors, interiors, and on and on. The book is loaded with excellent explanatory illustrations that are so clear and detailed that you almost don’t need to read the text in many cases.
Even if you need to know something simple as how to replace a faucet washer or something as big as installing a zero-clearance fireplace, this is the book you will need!
I regularly give this as a housewarming gift to new homeowners.
After that, I looked through the book and was amazed at not only the detailed yet easy to follow instructions for home repairs, but also the helpful tips and tricks to make life easier. One of the tips was to fashion a gutter scoop out of a plastic milk jug that easily scoops out wet leaves from the gutters and has a built in handle to keep your hands from getting wet.
I recommend you buy the book...you will save the cost of the book when you do your very first repair or project. Amazing!