Popular Mechanics Home Repairs & Improvements

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Learn everything you need to know about repairing your home from the experts at Popular Mechanics. Enhance the value, look, and feel of your home with Home Repairs & Improvements -- and save money on contractors! With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this book describes dozens of projects around the home, from laying down floors to replacing door frames, installing new windows, mixing and applying plaster, applying ...
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Overview

Learn everything you need to know about repairing your home from the experts at Popular Mechanics. Enhance the value, look, and feel of your home with Home Repairs & Improvements -- and save money on contractors! With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this book describes dozens of projects around the home, from laying down floors to replacing door frames, installing new windows, mixing and applying plaster, applying wallboard, and sealing cracks in walls.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert do-it-yourselfer, Home Repairs & Improvements is the complete guide to "start to finish" home projects -- from plans and building permits to materials and the satisfying finished work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588165305
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Popular Mechanics Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

House Contruction 4
Walls 6
Making a Wall Opening 9
Blocking Off a Doorway 11
Converting Two Rooms to One 12
Making One Room into Two 19
Ceilings 26
Lowering a Ceiling 27
Making an Attic-access Hatch 31
Interior Wall Finish 32
Plaster 33
Repairing Lath and Plaster 38
Gypsum Wallboard 40
Applying Wallboard to a Ceiling 48
Flooring 50
Re-laying a Floor 52
Baseboards 55
Doors 56
Fitting and Hanging Doors 58
Repairing Exterior Door Frames 60
Windows 62
Repairing a Broken Window 66
Repairing Rotted Frames 67
Re-cording a Sash Window 69
Replacement Windows 71
Building Codes and Permits 73
Builder's Tool Kit 75
Glossary 78
Index 79
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