DIY and Home Maintenance All-in-one For Dummies

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From the Publisher
"...your salvation...lots of easy to follow instructions and pictures..." (Lincolnshire Echo, October 22nd 2005)

"...plenty of tips throughout...and diagrams are clear and concise..." (Good Woodworking, December 2005)

"...the bumper reference guide for all your DIY needs..." (Essex Homes Review, December 2005)

"...For information and advice on tackling simple home repairs and improvements, why not try the idiot-proof instructions in Jeff Howell's book, DIY And Home Maitenance For Dummies All-in-One..." (Manchester Evening News, 13th December 2005)

"...this book covers everything you need to know about DIY in your home..." (Traditional Woodworking, 1st January 2006)

"...easy-to-follow...a wide selection of useful excellent starting point..." (Build IT, February 06)

"...a great guide through the DIY maze..." (Walsall Advertiser, 22nd December 05)

"...idiot-proof instructions..." (Dover Express, December 05)

"...meaty guide....a must-buy..." (Boys Toys, July 2006)

“This is very much a hands-on guide, covering a wide range of jobs which inevitably occur in most households.” (Scotland's New Homebuyer, April 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764570544
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Howell is a qualified bricklayer, university construction lecturer, and chartered surveyor, with 30 years’ experience in the building industry. He writes about building and DIY for a variety of British newspapers, magazines, and construction trade journals, and appears regularly as a guest expert on TV and radio. His Website is

Roy Barnhart is a lifelong do-it-yourselfer and former professional building and remodelling contractor. He enjoyed eight years as Senior Building and Remodelling Editor for two national home improvement magazines in the USA. As a freelance writer, editor, and consultant, Roy has contributed articles to more than a dozen home improvement magazines, including Family Handyman and House Beautiful. He has also contributed to four books.

James and Morris Carey, known as the Carey Brothers, are experts on home building and renovation. They share their 20-plus years of experience as award-winning, licensed contractors with millions nationwide through a weekly radio programme in America, daily radio vignette, syndicated newspaper column, and comprehensive Web site (, all titled ‘On the House’. Morris and James continue to own and operate a successful home remodelling and construction firm, Carey Bros., and have been named to Remodeling magazine’s Hall of Fame Big 50, which recognises top achievers in the industry. They’ve also been honoured as one of the nation’s top 500 companies by Qualified Remodeler magazine.

Gene and Katie Hamilton have been working on houses and writing about home improvements for over 30 years. They’ve remodelled 14 houses and write a weekly newspaper column entitled ‘Do It Yourself . . . Or Not?’ which appears in newspapers across America and on Web sites. The Hamiltons are authors of 16 home improvement books, including Home Improvement For Dummies, Carpentry For Dummies, Painting and Wallpapering For Dummies, and Plumbing For Dummies. They’re the founders of

Don R. Prestly is a former senior editor for HANDY Magazine for The Handyman Club of America, as well as a former associate editor for Family Handyman magazine. In addition to his nearly 20 years of writing and doing home improvement projects, he spent several years as a manager for one of the Midwest’s largest home centres.

Jeff Strong began creating sawdust at a very young age while helping his father, a master craftsman, build fine furniture. An accomplished woodworker, Jeff has designed and built countless pieces of furniture. He is the author of Woodworking For Dummies.

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Table of Contents


Book I: Planning Your Home Improvement Projects.

Chapter 1: Gearing Up for Your DIY Adventures.

Chapter 2: Being Safe and Prepared.

Chapter 3: Working with (And within) a Budget.

Book II: Basic Home Maintenance and Improvement.

Chapter 1: Repairing Walls and Putting Up Shelves.

Chapter 2: Windows Don’t Have to Be a Pane.

Chapter 3: Doors: An Open-and-Shut Case.

Chapter 4: Roofs and Walls.

Chapter 5: Dealing with Damp.

Chapter 6: Electrical Repairs and Replacements.

Book III: Painting and Wallpapering.

Chapter 1: Planning Your Painting Project.

Chapter 2: Preparing Surfaces for Painting.

Chapter 3: Painting, Finishing, and Cleaning Up.

Chapter 4: Choosing Wallpaper and Preparing Walls.

Chapter 5: Hanging Wallpaper.

Book IV: Bathroom and Kitchen Refurbishing.

Chapter 1: Getting Ready to Remodel a Kitchen or Bathroom.

Chapter 2: Installing Kitchen Cabinets.

Chapter 3: Installing Worktops and Sinks.1

Chapter 4: Fridges, Cookers, Hobs, and More: Installing and Cleaning Appliances.

Chapter 5: Go Flush! Selecting and Installing a Toilet.

Chapter 6: Rub a Dub Dub! Replacing a Tub.

Chapter 7: Showered with Possibilities.

Chapter 8: Bowled Over: Basins, Vanity Units, and Taps.

Chapter 9: Out on the Tiles: Tiling in Kitchens and Bathrooms.

Book V: Carpentry, Woodworking, and Flooring.

Chapter 1: Flooring: Keeping a Leg Up on Foot Traffic.

Chapter 2: Drilling, Driving, Fastening, and Gluing.

Chapter 3: Understanding the Carpentry Process.

Chapter 4: Finishing Wood.

Book VI: Plumbing.

Chapter 1: The Plumbing System in Your Home.

Chapter 2: Heating, Ventilating, and Insulating Your Home.

Chapter 3: Plumbing Materials and Tools.

Chapter 4: Unblocking a Sink or Bath Drain.

Chapter 5: Unblocking and Fixing a Toilet.

Chapter 6: Fixing a Dripping Tap.


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