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House Repair Books - The Best of the Bunch

Terry W. Sprouse "Author, Storyteller, Lincoln-ologist"
The list author says: "In operating a house fix-up and rental business in my spare time, I have found the following books to be very useful. If I encounter a repair that I have never done before, these books are my guides.

I am author of the book "Fix 'em Up, Rent 'em Out: How to Start Your Own House Fix-up and Rental Business in Your Spare Time.""
New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home
New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home
"This one tops the list because it is so useful.  It covers many topics not covered by other simlar books.  If you can't find out how to do it anywhere else, look here!"
Better Homes and Gardens New Complete Guide To Home Repair & Improvement
Better Homes and Gardens New Complete Guide To Home Repair & Improvement
"Very useful because it covers a large array of topics.  A great reference!"
Complete Fix-It-Yourself Manual
Complete Fix-It-Yourself Manual
"A very useful book for repairing appliances.  I have had my copy for over 13 years, and its still the first book I turn to to fix the refrigerator, clothes dryer, or any other appliance around the house."
All Thumbs Guide to Home Wiring (All Thumbs Series)
All Thumbs Guide to Home Wiring (All Thumbs Series)
"A great book for the beginner to learn about making electrical repairs around the house."
Easy Cooler Care: A Self Help Guide to Servicing and Repairing Your Evaporative Cooler
Easy Cooler Care: A Self Help Guide to Servicing and Repairing Your Evaporative Cooler
"For those of us who live in the Southwestern United States, to survive the desert heat we must know how to repair our coolers, and this book is the most useful guide around."
Flooring 1-2-3: Expert Advice on Design, Installation, and Repair (Home Depot ... 1-2-3)
Flooring 1-2-3: Expert Advice on Design, Installation, and Repair (Home Depot ... 1-2-3)
"This Home Depot guide is a great resource if you want to tile a floor, put down carpet, or lay laminate.  It's much more complete than the Tiling 1-2-3 book that Home Depot offers."
Wiring 1-2-3 (Home Depot ... 1-2-3)
Wiring 1-2-3 (Home Depot ... 1-2-3)
"A good guide to wiring projects around the house. A little more advanced than the "All Thumbs Guide to Home Wiring.""
Plumbing 1-2-3
Plumbing 1-2-3
"You can tell I like these Home Depot Guides.  This plumbing guide, like most of their publications, has lots of good pictures to guide you through many common repair projects."
Perpetual Income: How-to Generate Cash Flow from Low-End House Investments
Perpetual Income: How-to Generate Cash Flow from Low-End House Investments
"This book has an excellent chapter on making repairs to rental houses at the lowest possible cost.  It has great suggestions for cutting corners on this type of repair."
Profits in Buying and Renovating Homes
Profits in Buying and Renovating Homes
"Some of the information is a little dated in my 1990 version of this book, but it still contains a lot of useful information for those who do larger repairs on fixer-upper houses."
301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought: How to Inexpensively Reorganize, Stage, and Prepare Your Home
301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought: How to Inexpensively Reorganize, Stage, and Prepare Your Home
"Shortcuts to prepare your house for sale."
How We Made A Million Dollars Recycling Great Old Houses
How We Made A Million Dollars Recycling Great Old Houses
"Another book, like the previous one, focused more on the business of fixing up houses.  It has a good section on repair and rennovation."
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
"A "Bible" for basic skills."
Black & Decker Codes for Homeowners: Electrical Codes, Mechanical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes
Black & Decker Codes for Homeowners: Electrical Codes, Mechanical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes
"A very informative book that will keep the handyman out of trouble."
How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded
How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded
"Knowledge of your home's systems helps you control repair and construction costs and make sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced."