- Hardcover: 600 pages
- Publisher: Creative Homeowner; Revised and Updated edition (August 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158011783X
- ISBN-13: 978-1580117838
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 11 inches
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- Customer Reviews: 109 customer reviews
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Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement, Updated Edition: Proven Money-Saving Projects; 3,400 Photos & Illustrations (Creative Homeowner) 600 Page Resource with 325 Step-by-Step DIY Projects Hardcover – August 31, 2016
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From the Publisher
Your #1 Resource—Updated!
This up-to-date edition includes:
- Green Solution tips & projects to help you save money and the earth at the same time
- Updates on plumbing and electrical work
- Energy-efficient product & material suggestions
- Energy saving building techniques and improvements
- Money Saver tips & projects to help you tackle small problems before they get bigger
Ultimate Guide Home Repair and Improvement
Your Definitive "How-To" Reference
Wouldn't it be nice if your home came with a user's manual? That's where Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement comes in!
This 600-page manual is your comprehensive handbook for day-to-day repair, maintenance, home improvement, and upgrade projects.
Eliminate the need to call a professional—just grab your trusty guidebook to confidently tackle any household job!
- Over 3,000 color photos and illustrations
- 325 step-by-step projects for home improvement and repair
- Comprehensive sections on wiring and plumbing
- Do-it-yourself wisdom on how to save money while making the most of your home
- Remodeling guide covering planning, contractors, and project management
- Tech-reviewed by over 20 industry experts
Clear, Thorough Instructions Guide You Through Every Project
Project Photo Sequences
Step by step, you'll find clear how-to photos to guide your work, each provided in sequence along with concise instructions to help demonstrate the task you're undertaking.
Clearly labeled diagrams, exploded views, and illustrations break down the anatomy of everything from circuit breakers to roofing, guiding you through the inner workings of your home—and helping to troubleshoot when things aren't working properly.
Find over 325 step-by-step projects for everything from pouring a patio or installing surface wiring to insulating your attic or restoring bath tile. The detailed, straightforward instructions help you ensure the job is done right.
Tools & Materials Guides
Special tools and materials required (or suggested) for larger projects are provided with helpful illustrations and lists, so you can be sure you have everything on-hand you'll need for the job.
Inside this book, you'll get acquainted with how electricity is provided and distributed throughout your home, and learn foundation techniques like testing fuses and stripping cable sheathing. You'll get all the guidance you need to tackle common repairs like replacing your thermostat or fixing your doorbell, as well as improvement projects such as installing a recessed light fixture.
Cabinets & Counters
Learn cabinetry basics and discover the special tools you'll need to succeed!
You'll be prepared for new home improvement projects such as installing wall cabinets or post-form counters and making helpful repairs such as retrimming bases or refacing your cabinets.
Windows & Doors
Learn the inside & out of your windows, how to prep before any window or door project, and the material choices available to you.
Complete repairs your home needs, like replacing glass or repairing a slider, or begin a home improvement project such as installing window trim or a new garage-door opener.
Floors & Stairs
Discover the importance of subfloors, floor-trim options, and more!
You'll be equipped to successfully complete home improvement projects like installing floating floors or carpeting stairs, as well as handle needed repairs such as replacing floorboards, repairing tile, and patching damaged carpeting.
Walls & Ceilings
Learn about the basics of paneling, wallcoverings, drywall, and more.
Get started on home improvement projects like installing a suspended ceiling or constructing sound-absorbing walls, or handle repairs such as patching paneling, fixing large holes, or stripping old wallpaper.
Packed with full color photos cover to cover Ultimate Guide: Home Repair and Improvement is highly useful and very much highly recommended.--The Midwest Book Review
This manual is highly recommended.--Library Journal
Essential instruction on plumbing and electrical repairs, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, cabinets and countertops, and more.--This Old House
From the Back Cover
HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT
- 3,400 COLOR PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
- OVER 325 STEP-BY-STEP PROJECTS with tools and materials lists
- REMODELING GUIDE: special photo-illustrated section on contracts, contractors, and managing your remodeling project
- COMPREHENSIVE WIRING AND PLUMBING SECTIONS
- PROJECTS THAT ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME
- TECH-REVIEWED BY OVER 20 INDUSTRY EXPERTS
- COMPREHENSIVE INDEX AND GLOSSARY
"The definitive "how to" reference and instructional guide for anyone seeking to re-model, renovate, repair, or maintain any aspect of their residence. Plenty of direct do it yourself wisdom. Highly useful and very much highly recommended."
—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Consumers recognize Creative Homeowner as their leading and trusted source for the best information, inspiration, and instruction related to the house and home. Creative Homeowner is the preeminent publisher of books on all aspects of decorating and design; home repair and improvement; house plans; gardening and landscaping; and grilling. Creative Homeowner's books stand out from other publications with their complete and easy-to-follow instructions, up-to-date information, and extensive use of color photography. Among its best-selling titles are Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement, Updated Edition; Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 4th Updated Edition; and Ultimate Guide: Wiring, 8th Updated Edition.
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The book goes into great detail about a lot of things though, especially electrical wiring. I really appreciate this, because electric terrifies me. The book has a lot of great info about stuff I didn't think I'd be interested in (never thought I'd enjoy learning about leech fields). I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a good home maintenance book.
The pictures are clear, and the instructions are also clear. The book also give cutaway figure/pictures for things, so you will know the name of specific components, which are great for beginners. This book covers more things that just simple home repair, but also on how to manage contractors, and more complex tasks such as installing air conditioners. This book does not cover much about wiring and electronics though, though that is covered in another book.
Really great book.