DIY For Dummies, UK Edition [NOOK Book]

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The most important piece of equipment in your tool kit

Whether you need to fix a household problem or simply want to spruce up your property, this hands-on guide will help you prepare for and manage a multitude of home improvements and repairs. Learn how to sidestep the trials and tribulations of DIY with information on jobs ranging from fixing a leaky tap to hanging wallpaper. This full-colour guide uses step-by-step illustrations to take you ...

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DIY For Dummies, UK Edition

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Overview

The most important piece of equipment in your tool kit

Whether you need to fix a household problem or simply want to spruce up your property, this hands-on guide will help you prepare for and manage a multitude of home improvements and repairs. Learn how to sidestep the trials and tribulations of DIY with information on jobs ranging from fixing a leaky tap to hanging wallpaper. This full-colour guide uses step-by-step illustrations to take you through each project and offers a lay-flat binding that's perfect for on-the-job advice.

  • Plan your project – assess the scope of your DIY dilemmas and find out how to budget and prepare for the path ahead

  • Don't get in a tangle – easy-to-follow advice on performing electrical and wiring repairs, as well as dealing with damp, replacing window panes and more

  • Colour your home beautiful – learn how to paint and wallpaper your walls without disaster

  • Tread softly – get the lowdown on replacing and repairing wood, tile, carpet and vinyl flooring

  • Get stuck in – find out how to carry out straightforward plumbing jobs, without calling in the experts

Open the book and find:

  • The best DIY tools and how they work

  • Essential health and safety info

  • How to save money and avoid overspending

  • Advice on preparing walls and choosing wallpaper

  • Guidance on finishing wood

  • Painless ways to unblock a sink or drain

  • How to deal with damp

  • When to call in the professionals

  • How to find a good builder

Learn to:

  • Draw up realistic plans and budgets for your DIY projects

  • Achieve success with full-colour illustrations and step-by-step advice

  • Tackle everything from putting up a shelf to hanging wallpaper or unblocking a drain

IN FULL COLOUR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470975398
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,053,584
  • File size: 15 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Jeff Howell is a renowned home-improvement expert who has practised, taught and written on the subject for the past 30 years. He writes a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph and was the presenter of the Channel 4 series Don't Blame the Builder. Roy Barnhart, James Carey, Morris Carey, Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton, Donald R. Prestly and Jeff Strong are DIY experts and authors.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

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: 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 V: Plumbing.

Chapter 1: The Plumbing System in Your Home.

Chapter 2: Heating, Ventilating, and Insulating Systems.

Chapter 3: Plumbing Materials and Tools.

Chapter 4: Unblocking a Sink or Bath Waste Pipe.

Chapter 5: Unblocking and Fixing a Toilet.

Chapter 6: Fixing a Dripping Tap.

Index.

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