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The most complete home improvement manual on the market, this book offers more than 2,300 photos, 800 drawings, and understandable, practical text.
- 600 page ultimate home improvement manual
- 325 step-by-step projects with how-to photos, tools, and materials lists
- Essential information on tools, materials, and basic skills
- Comprehensive wiring and plumbing sections
- Includes a remodeling guide, a special photo-illustrated section on contracts, contractors, and managing your remodeling projects
- Tech-reviewed by more than 20 industry experts
- Thorough index and glossary
Inside this book, you will find essential instruction on plumbing and electrical repairs, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, cabinets and countertops, and more.
Information is also provided on tools, materials, and basic skills, plus 325 step-by-step projects with how-to photo sequences.
The Ultimate Guide to Home Repair & Improvement also includes a remodeling guide and a resource guide.
Top to bottom, inside and out, this is the single, ultimate resource book for DIY projects and repairs to save you money when remodeling, renovating, repairing, and maintaining your home.
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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.
Learn about the anatomy of your home plumbing system and how it works. You’ll be able to apply that knowledge to home improvement projects like installing a new sink or shower stall, as well as perform common repairs such as fixing a leak with a new seat washer or quieting noisy pipes.
Heating, Cooling, & Ventilation
Brush up on the different options for heating and cooling systems and understand ventilation basics. You’ll utilize your new insight to execute common repairs like furnace or dehumidifier maintenance, as well as undertake home improvement projects like installing a masonry fireplace or new ceiling fans.
Roofing and Siding
Discover the anatomy of a roof, roofing language, and siding choices. With your newfound knowledge you’ll be able to successfully and confidently execute home improvement projects like installing wood roofing or a skylight, as well as common repairs such as repairing or replacing roof shingles.
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.