How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home

How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home

by Charlie Wing
     
 

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Understand how to maintain everything in your home—including the kitchen sink

How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home's systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. How Your House

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Understand how to maintain everything in your home—including the kitchen sink

How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home's systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. How Your House Works uncovers the mysteries behind just about every major appliance and building element in your house. Clear, full-color drawings show you exactly how these things should be put together and how they function, including what to check if they don't work.

Covering topics such as electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows, this updated Second Edition has considerable additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability in and outside the house, as well as new topics, including clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and passive solar heating.

  • Illustrated guidance on electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows
  • Includes a wealth of additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability and outside the house
  • Features new topics that include clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, LED lamps, motion-activated light switches, and passive solar heating
  • Presented in a richly illustrated with full-color drawings

With see-through, cross-section drawings that show you how things are put together and how they function, How Your House Works supplies you with the knowledge that just might save you having to call in a professional.

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Editorial Reviews

This Old House magazine
From toilet tanks to table lamps, this text tells you how it all works.

SmartHomeowner magazine
Crystal-clear illustrations and explanations... It will quickly become the operator's manual for your house.

Library Journal

The more you understand how your home works, the easier it becomes to handle simple problems without paying a lot of money for repair. With this premise, Wing, author of many books on home repair and maintenance, teaches the basics of home systems and appliances. Providing clean and detailed diagrams, Wing describes the purpose and function of that system or fixture. Also accompanying each is a list of tips to use before you call in a professional. This book is more a "how" than a "how-to" and fills its role quite nicely. Highly recommended for all collections.


—Karen Ellis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118099407
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
RSMeans Series, #81
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
206,532
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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The author of more than twenty books on home repair and improvement, Charlie Wing is perhaps the most credible house-building teacher in the world. His writing and illustrations make complex home issues understandable. An MIT graduate, he developed and hosted a national PBS energy conservation series, Housewarming with Charlie Wing, and served as primary editorial developer for Home Depot's branded 1-2-3 books.

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