Popular Mechanics Home How-To

Popular Mechanics Home How-To

by Albert Jackson, David Day, Ann Bramson
     
 
This home maintenance book is filled with practical advice on how to save money, time, and aggravation on everything from plumbing to color schemes. More than 200 subjects are covered, richly supplemented with over 3,000 color photographs, diagrams, and tables. Illustrated step-by-step directions clearly and precisely walk you through each task. A unique system of

Overview

This home maintenance book is filled with practical advice on how to save money, time, and aggravation on everything from plumbing to color schemes. More than 200 subjects are covered, richly supplemented with over 3,000 color photographs, diagrams, and tables. Illustrated step-by-step directions clearly and precisely walk you through each task. A unique system of cross-referencing - color-coded pages, references to related topics on every page - allows you to explore all facets of a subject and to make projects as simple or complex as you choose. A special section unravels the mysteries of tools, specific skills, and materials, and an extensive glossary and index mean no question has to go unanswered.

This book is for all those who want to increase the value of home or apartment, save on costly repairs, and have the satisfaction of doing a job themselves. No home can afford to be without it.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Exhaustive in scope, this is similar to the Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual (Reader's Digest Pr., dist. by McGraw, 1973). Like that earlier classic, this emphasizes home maintenance and improvements rather than large-scale construction and renovation projects. To list a sampling of topics risks misrepresenting its sheer breadth. Certain topics--wiring, plumbing, and heating, for example--are treated at length. What really sets this apart from similar treatments is its design and organization. An inventive page layout, imaginative use of color, a multitude of drawings and charts, and a comprehensive system of cross-references make this a pleasure to use. Sure to be in demand as a basic reference in most public libraries.-- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688085124
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.34(h) x 1.29(d)

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Assessing a Property: Room by Room

The kitchen
The quality of kitchen cabinets and fixtures varies enormously, but every well-designed kitchen should incorporate the following features:

A labor-saving layout
Preparing meals becomes tiresome unless the facilities for cooking, food preparation and washing up are grouped in a layout that avoids unnecessary movement. To use designer's parlance, the kitchen must form an efficient work triangle. In ideal conditions, the sides of the triangle combined should not exceed 20 to 22 feet in length.

Storage
When you are building storage into a kitchen, workshop, bedroom or living room, make sure every item is within easy reach and that there is room to open drawers and doors without backing into a wall or injuring others.

Storage and appliances
If the work triangle is to be effective a kitchen must incorporate enough storage space in each area. The refrigerator and food stuffs should be close to where meals are prepared, and adequate work surfaces must be provided. A freezer could be housed elsewhere but should be somewhere close to the kitchen.

The cooktop and oven should be grouped together with heat-proof surfaces nearby to receive hot dishes. Cooking utensils should be stored within easy reach.

Appliances that require plumbing are best grouped together, with the sink on an outside wall. In a small house, this area will contain a washing machine and tumble dryer, although a separate laundry room is an ideal solution.

Copyright ) 1989 by The Hearst Corporation

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