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Book Description

How many readers does it take to change a light bulb?

Only one - if he or she is armed with this book! Rather than focus on the big projects that most homeowners would wisely leave to professionals, it concentrates on the common repairs that everyone encounters and anyone can do, with the right instruction, including repairing holes and dents in drywall; fixing popped nails in walls; checking and replacing fuses; unclogging drains; replacing light fixtures; fixing squeaky floors; repairing cracked tile and damaged carpet; replacing screens; screening gutters; and much more.

?Contains 250 to 300 step-by-step illustrations

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Introduction
  5. Part 1 - Getting to Know Your House
    1. Chapter 1 - Your Personal Tool Kit
    2. Chapter 2 - Your Most Important Tool: The Safety Drill
    3. Chapter 3 - Your Supply Closet
    4. Chapter 4 - A Map of Your World
  6. Part 2 - Skin Deep: Repairing Surfaces and Openings
    1. Chapter 5 - Walls: From Trash Talk to Smooth Talk
    2. Chapter 6 - Floors and Ceilings: Beneath Your Feet and (Not Really) Over Your Head
    3. Chapter 7 - Stairs: A Few Steps to a Happy Landing
    4. Chapter 8 - Getting Clear About Windows
    5. Chapter 9 - Doors: An Open-and-Shut Case
  7. Part 3 - The Circulatory System: Plumbing and Fixtures
    1. Chapter 10 - Solving Pipe Problems
    2. Chapter 11 - Controlling the Flow: Faucets, Sprays, and Showerheads
    3. Chapter 12 - Tub and Toilet Techniques
  8. Part 4 - Mission Control: Wiring, Appliances, Heating, and Cooling
    1. Chapter 13 - In the Loop: Understanding Your Wiring
    2. Chapter 14 - Smooth Transitions: Cleaning and Replacing Filters and Hoses
    3. Chapter 15 - Appliance Repairs
    4. Chapter 16 - Heating and Cooling
  9. Part 5 - Preventive Maintenance: Safety and Upkeep
    1. Chapter 17 - Safety Must-Haves
    2. Chapter 18 - Preventing Repairs: Inside Maintenance
    3. Chapter 19 - Preventing Repairs: Outside Maintenance
  10. Appendix A - Glossary
  11. Appendix B - Online Resources
  12. Appendix - Home Inspection Checklists
  13. Index
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