From the Back Cover
An easy-to-understand, richly illustrated guide to howeverything in a house works
Why is my faucet leaking, my toilet running, or my dishwasherrefusing to start? Can I fix it myself? What's causing the heatingsystem to smell bad or the foundation to crack? Do I need an airfiltration system? Is the new "engineered lumber" as good asconventional wood? These are just a few examples of questionshomeowners face when repairs are needed or when a new house oraddition is being planned.
This new edition of How Your House Works uncovers themysteries behind just about every major appliance and buildingelement in your house. Clear "exploded" drawings show you exactlyhow these things should be put together and how theyfunction—what to check if they don't work, and what you cando that might save you from calling in a professional.
The easy-to-understand pictures and explanations on every pageget right to the point, helping you understand how things work,what can go wrong, and how to troubleshoot a problem.
Virtually everything in your house is included:
Electrical – circuit breakers and grounding,service, outlets, lamps, and fixtures
Heating and air conditioning – gas, electrical, andoil, ductwork and piping, thermostats, central and window AC units,humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and air filtering systems
Plumbing – kitchen and bath fixtures, piping, waterheaters, traps and vents, septic tanks, and pumps and watersoftener systems (even sprinkler systems and swimming poolfilters/heaters)
Major household appliances – from kitchen tolaundry
Foundation, framing, doors, and windows – includingissues like drainage and radon, types of framing and how itsupports the house, and all types of doors and windows
Sustainability and beyond – covers sustainabilityand issues outside the house, as well as clock thermostats,ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and¿¿passivesolar heating
This quick and easy guide will save you time and money, answernagging questions, and help you keep your house runningsmoothly.
About the Author
The author of more than twenty books on home repair and improvement, Charlie Wing is perhaps the most credible house-building teacher in the world. His writing and illustrations make complex home issues understandable. An MIT graduate, he developed and hosted a national PBS energy conservation series, Housewarming with Charlie Wing, and served as primary editorial developer for Home Depot's branded 1-2-3 books.