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10 Best Home Repair and Home Improvement Books

10 Best Home Repair and Home Improvement Books

10 Best Home Repair and Home Improvement Books for your Cabin or Cottage

The Internet is an excellent tool for finding information on almost any repair or DIY project that you need to undertake, but many of us still prefer to use good old fashion books.  Furthermore, at a cabin or cottage, you are often stuck without any Internet access, and stuck with a problem with no way to solve it. Plus, some of us actually like to read home repair and improvement books for fun. Sounds twisted, but true!

100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your Home

The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.

The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.

Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair, 4th Edition (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

When something breaks in your house, finding and hiring an expensive repairman shouldn’t be the only option for homeowners. Next time your faucet springs a leak or that bedroom doorknob punches a hole in your drywall, fix it yourself with help from The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: a one-volume encyclopedia of do-it-yourself fixes that will save you money, time, and frustration. With 350 projects offering clear instructions and over 2,000 photos to guide you through common repairs, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair is your one-stop DIY manual.

How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded

How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home’s systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. How Your House Works uncovers the mysteries behind just about every major appliance and building element in your house. Clear, full-color drawings show you exactly how these things should be put together and how they function, including what to check if they don’t work.

Big Book of Home How-To P (Better Homes and Gardens) (Better Homes and Gardens Home)

  • Must-have resource and incredible value—the largest do-it-yourself home improvement book on the market.
  • Innovative layout appeals to readers of all skill levels by allowing them to either follow more than 200 step-by-step projects or look up specific techniques.
  • Fix it, build it, paint it with confidence—thorough instructions and more than 4,000 full-color, step-by-step illustrations guide homeowners effortlessly through even the most complex projects.
  • Based on the reader-tested and time-proven Better Homes and Gardens “Step-by-Step” series.
  • Priceless knowledge for every homeowner—valuable expert advice on buying and using the right tools, selecting building materials, keeping projects safe, and much more.


Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Plumbing, 6th edition (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

From fixing a faucet to installing a drain line in a basement floor, The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Plumbing 6th edition has the answer to any home plumbing problem you’re likely to have. Packed with clear color photos and easy-to-understand descriptions, the basics of home plumbing systems are clearly explained, and all of the most popular plumbing projects are shown with beautiful step-by-step photos.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring, Updated 6th Edition: Current with 2014-2017 Electrical Codes (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

Electrical work is what we are the most apprehensive about undertaking, but if you have a good step by step set of instructions that are clear and not full of jargon, most repairs and improvements are not too difficult. The Black & Decker book on wiring is exactly that, with well written and well illustrated instructions on most home wiring projects.

Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances

Fully updated for current technologies and packed with hundreds of photos and diagrams, this do-it-yourself guide shows you how to safely install, operate, maintain, and fix gas and electric appliances of all types. Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances, Third Edition provides easy-to follow procedures for using test meters, replacing parts, reading circuit diagrams, interpreting fault and error codes, and diagnosing problems. Featuring a new chapter on becoming a service technician, this practical, money-saving resource is ideal for homeowners and professionals alike.

Woodworking Basics – Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship – An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power tools

Woodworking Basics presents an approach to learning woodworking that has proven successful for hundreds of people who have taken the author’s introductory course over the past 20 years. Peter Korn’s method helps new woodworkers learn the right techniques from the beginning. More experienced woodworkers can use it to master the classic furniture-making skills key to fine craftsmanship. Korn includes two attractive and useful projects — a small bench and a side table with a door and drawer — providing you the opportunity to practice skills and develop confidence with tools.

Insulate and Weatherize: For Energy Efficiency at Home (Taunton’s Build Like a Pro)

The appliances we use…the lights we turn on…these two items alone in our homes can account for upward of 40% of total energy dollars spent. For those who want to save money (and who doesn’t?) by becoming more energy efficient―and for those who want to go a step further and embrace the latest strategies in renewable and alternative energy systems―Insulate and Weatherize is about to lead the way.

The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room

Create a Beautiful, Modern Home with One-of-a-Kind DIY Furniture, beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It’s easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensable collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process.

 

 

 




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