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Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated Hardcover – Feb 18 2005


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; 2 edition (Feb. 18 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762105798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762105793
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 3.7 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This super-handy manual, first published in 1973, has received a major upgrade. Seventeen chapters' worth of fixer-upper opportunities are enhanced with more than 3,000 photos and illustrations that would look equally at home in an upscale home decorating catalogue. The first few chapters cover hand and power tools, fasteners and adhesives, and are enough to incite hardware envy among even dwellers of tiny apartments. There is strange beauty in the cutaway views of five different hollow-wall fasteners and the machinations of nine types of pliers. But homeowners are, of course, the real target audience, and an all-new section on Landscaping reflects this with entries on fences, water gardens and retaining walls. The plumbing section offers a mega-view of wastewater-treatment systems as well as a micro-exploration of unclogging a toilet. Another new section, Storage Projects, is full of cabinets and shelves that either "Swing-out" or "Fold-away." New technologies are generally overlooked in favor of meat-and-potatoes projects. For instance, a home satellite dish is pictured but not indexed or dwelled upon, while carpeting is charted, graphed and deconstructed in the extreme. Intriguing sidebars on wood refinishers (the fastest drying versus the safest), the financial benefits of renting specialty tools for a large drywall project and other subjects round out this must-have guide. (Apr. 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 15 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book when I bought my first house. Not only has it saved me a lot of money while renovating, but it has helped me understand how things work in a house. Would make a great housewarming gift.
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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Just buy it. Period. Nov. 14 2009
By ProfWombat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The 1973 version was one of the first things I bought when moving from a NY City apartment, where maintenance involved calling the super, to a 220 year old house previously owned by a succession of people who did it themselves and thought they knew what they were doing. Every time a tradesman walked into our basement, his eyes would light up, and a sly smile would flash over his otherwise imperturbable countenance. I had no skills whatever at that point.

We had no money at all to hire these guys. So within a couple of years, I'd replaced the entire hot water circulating baseboards, most of the supply plumbing, a whole lot of knob-and-tube wiring, added GFCIs, put in new cartridge circulators north of the boiler, and replaced the hot water heater. Among other things: windows, doors, toilets, on and on. Like the morning on the day we were leaving for Kazakstan, and I went into the basement to find a new pinhole leak that I fixed within the hour so we could make our plane without shutting off the water to the whole house.

This book saved me, conservatively, $15-20,000, and an enormous amount of aggravation. And the house became mine in a way it wouldn't have had someone else done all the work. The revision makes it better. Just buy the damned thing. Even if all it does for you is let you talk intelligently with a contractor, it's more than worth it.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Beats saving all the Handyman Magazines Sept. 30 2007
By R. William Pratt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent "fix it yourself" book that includes many fixes you can find only in The Handyman Magazine. The magazine is a top-notch periodical, in my opinion, for guys like me - mediocre at making everyday fixes to common problems around the home. This is the latest upadate I could find, and for the price, it was an excellent deal. For all you do-it-yourselfers who have two left hands, and for indepent women who need to economize, this is an a very good book. Covers most every day maintenance and repair stuff that comes up when you least expect and need a fairl quick, but easy and inexpensive fix. I'd buy this one again.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Nice book July 27 2010
By PH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
its a nice well-rounded general know-how-to book. It doesn't get too deep into any one particular project, yet the info is good.Some of the graphics look a bit dated despite the claim of it being recently revised. I suppose all is well though, how much does plumbing change over the years? Hammering a nail is still hammering a nail.

i've enjoyed this book and plan on using it as a main point of reference for future household projects.

UPDATE: OK, so a wood flooring project came up and I was a bit stuck mid-project. Then I remembered I had this great book. A few flips of the pages, look at a few pictures, read a bit... and voila! I became unstuck and masterfully completed the floor I was working on.
64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Very good! Feb. 22 2006
By Guy Chamberlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This do-it-yourself book is very good. It is an excellent resource for the homeowner with some to many handyman skills. My first complaint is that several projects are way beyond the capacity of the weekend home-warrior. Secondly, many of the instructions are not detailed enough. You are forced to figure out internal steps to procedures on your own. I have the original 1973 edition, and its new look and upgrade is amazing. It is a book I wouldn't do without.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Honest and true fantastic book Jan. 21 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If your in the market for the house, a current homeowner, or renting this is the book. For those searching for a home read how this book tells you to look for signs of damage, wear, cracks or water leaks. For the homeowner or for those wanting to fix stuff around the rental or the apartment, confidence is the what you'll get from this book. Anecdotally I went from being scared of wiring to having the confidence to wire my entire basement after I built it myself, oh and bye the way two years ago I couldn't nail two pieces of wood together. Every new homeowner should be issued this book as standard equipment, this thing will get some wear helping you fix wiring, concrete, siding, roofing, plumbing and outdoor projects. Three words "GET THIS BOOK". Wow that's all I have to say.


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