Refresh Your Home: Simple Projects and Tips to Save Money, Update, and Renovate

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Isn't it about time to put the "you" in do-it-yourself? Refresh Your Home is filled with hundreds of easy, smart tips, techniques, and projects that will save you energy, money, and frustration. And if you are a seasoned DIYer, you'll find plenty of inspiration and useful information. Did you know that you can protect your car door with a pool toy? Or preserve open glues and sealers by storing them in glass jars?

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Overview


Isn't it about time to put the "you" in do-it-yourself? Refresh Your Home is filled with hundreds of easy, smart tips, techniques, and projects that will save you energy, money, and frustration. And if you are a seasoned DIYer, you'll find plenty of inspiration and useful information. Did you know that you can protect your car door with a pool toy? Or preserve open glues and sealers by storing them in glass jars?

The expert editors at The Family Handyman magazine will guide you step- by-step through a wide range of DIY improvements including:

Interior Projects and Repairs: Stop drafts, fine-tune a thermostat, dry up a wet basement, revive woodwork trim, make a carpet last longer, upgrade a bathroom on a small budget, add beams and panels to a ceiling, remove wallpaper
Electrical and High-Tech: DFix wobbly outlets, repair a remote control, install a larger electrical box, monitor power outages while you're away from the house
Plumbing, Heating, and Appliances: Repair a water-heater pilot light, replace a toilet, unclog a vacuum cleaner, tune up a gas grill, fix your dryer, connect a gas line, save on new appliances
Woodworking and Furniture: Rout perfect edges, build a super-simple workbench, apply a smooth polyurethane finish, put together a window planter, avoid common injuries from tools
Exterior Maintenance and Repairs: Quiet a noisy garage door, repair a leaky frost-proof faucet, make your lawn chairs puddle-free, fix slippery steps
Outdoor Structures and Landscaping: Sharpen a lawn mower blade, know when to rent power tools, prune for healthier bushes, build a $25 campfire bench in just two hours, find buried cable
Auto and Garage: Replace burned-out dash lights, put the brakes on high car insurance, change your own oil, prevent license-plate theft, burglar-proof your garage

"New Tools and Gear" and "Great Goofs" features point you toward useful new products and let you learn from others' mistakes. You'll also find bonus sections on painting, cleaning, and storage as well as a collection of the experts' favorite shortcuts and hints. With Refresh Your Home you'll be ready to tackle any home improvement project head-on.

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The coverage of a wealth of home fixes with a dose of humor makes this DIY guide a delight. Although the organization is a bit dicey, this is a fun book to browse because there are tips and insights on every page. New gadgets, considerations for appliance purchases, and fun little projects populate this book. The section on power tool safety is important, and "dos and don'ts" suggestions are peppered throughout. Even common goofs are shared with chuckles. A charming and friendly collection of tips and projects. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606522011
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,397,956
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The Family Handyman magazine has been helping homeowners improve their homes and yards since 1951. Each project has appeared in the pages of the magazine that is America's leading do-it-yourself magazine with over 4 million readers. On average, 75,000 copies of The Family Handyman are sold on newsstands and in all major retail stores including, Lowe's, Home Depot, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and WalMart.
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