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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Here's a meet-your-house-book with a difference: Beyond guiding you through each room and system of your home, Lou Manfredini, known to TV viewers from NBC's Today Builds a House, includes some genuinely helpful, expert tips in each chapter.
Take redoing the caulking around the bathtub (please). Manfredini correctly points out that most do-it-yourselfers leave a blobby trail that actually invites mildew and scum. After cutting out all the old caulk, he recommends using painters' masking tape to mark a line 1/8 inch away from the line to be caulked and another 1/8 inch down the tub -- then caulking the gap and removing the tape when it dries. Or how can you paint your bedroom a darker color without having to use four coats for good coverage? Manfredini suggests jump-starting the process by having the hardware store tint your primer a baby blue, so the cover coat has less work to do.
From roofs to driveways, basements to attics, Mr. Fix-It walks you through the essentials of home ownership. He even gives prospective homeowners good advice on how to conduct a 60-minute inspection of any home. He'll have you sniffing inside the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, giving the banister a good wiggle, and making sure there are an adequate number of electrical outlets in each room -- just like an expert. (Ginger Curwen)