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All homeowners know there’s always something that needs repairing or upgrading. They just may not know how to solve the problem. But Norman Becker, the writer of Popular Mechanics “Homeowners Clinic” column, is here to help them fix those annoying, and sometimes dangerous, household occurrences. Presented in an accessible question and answer format, the information comes from real-life situations faced by homeowners. It’s all divided into three easy-to-follow major sections: Exterior, Interior, and ...

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Overview

All homeowners know there’s always something that needs repairing or upgrading. They just may not know how to solve the problem. But Norman Becker, the writer of Popular Mechanics “Homeowners Clinic” column, is here to help them fix those annoying, and sometimes dangerous, household occurrences. Presented in an accessible question and answer format, the information comes from real-life situations faced by homeowners. It’s all divided into three easy-to-follow major sections: Exterior, Interior, and Electromechanicals. Every component is covered, from shingle moss on the roof to the wood-destroying insects in the foundation, plus walls, windows, doors, paved areas, landscaping, basement crawl spaces, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and more. Every homeowner needs this reference—now or in the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588163141
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Popular Mechanics Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 7
Exterior
1 Roof 10
Shingles
Roofing Paper (Felt)
Shingle Moss, Mildew and Algae
Roof Vents
Ice Dams
Flat Roof
2 Roof-mounted Structures and Projections 26
Chimney Problems
Chimney Flashing
Creosote Buildup, Leakage
Gutters/Downspouts
Lightning Protection
3 Paved Areas around the Structure 38
Driveway
Patio, Walkways and Steps
4 Walls, Windows and Doors 48
Masonry Walls
Vinyl Siding
Aluminum Siding
Wood Siding
Windows
Doors
5 Lot and Landscaping 70
Decks
Fences
Drainage
Retaining Walls
Freestanding Walls
Birds
6 Garage-Shed 79
Overhead Doors
Floor Slab/Seepage
Miscellaneous
Shed
7 Wood-destroying Insects 86
Termites
Powder Post Beetles
Moles
Interior
8 Attic 90
Insulation
Ventilation/Moisture
Attic Fans
Truss Uplift
Miscellaneous
9 Interior Rooms 104
Ceilings
Floors
Walls
Windows
Fireplace
Bathroom
Kitchen
Laundry Room
Dampness, Humidity
Fire Safety
Ceiling Fans
Miscellaneous
10 Basement-Crawlspace 155
Water Seepage
Sump Pit/Pump
Dampness/Condensation
Foundation
Crawlspace
Electromechanicals
11 Electrical System 174
Electrical Upgrade
Grounding
Ground-Fault Interrupter
Aluminum Wiring
Light Fixtures, Switches
Door Bell
Wiring
12 Plumbing 189
Drainage/Vents
Sewage-ejector Pumps
Wells/Pumps
Municipal Water Supply
Pipes
Septic Systems
13 Heating System 211
Hot-water Systems
Steam Systems
Warm-air Systems
Heat Pump
Oil-fired Systems
Gas-fired Systems
Miscellaneous
14 Domestic Water Heaters 241
Safety Concerns
Relief Valve
Water-heater Anodes
Electric Water Heaters
Preheater Tank
Recirculating Loop
Tankless Coil
Miscellaneous
15 Air Conditioning 262
Central Air
Wall and Window Unit
16 Environmental Concerns 266
Radon
Mold
Glossary 268
Index 270
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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    not as good as the Home Depot book

    I bought it for a gift. I personnaly prefer the Home Depot 1, 2, 3.

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