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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 ...
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
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
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.