The Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair

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From painting walls to patching ceilings, from laying tile to fixing a leaky toilet, and from installing track lighting to replacing water pumps, this comprehensive illustrated guide from Black & Decker will see even the most hapless do-it-yourselfer through basic home repairs. Color illustrations.

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Overview

From painting walls to patching ceilings, from laying tile to fixing a leaky toilet, and from installing track lighting to replacing water pumps, this comprehensive illustrated guide from Black & Decker will see even the most hapless do-it-yourselfer through basic home repairs. Color illustrations.

From painting walls to patching ceilings, from laying tile to fixing a leaky toilet, and from installing track lighting to replacing water pumps, this comprehensive illustrated guide from Black & Decker will see even the most hapless do-it-yourselfer through basic home repairs. Color illustrations.

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This massive volume by Black & Decker covers everything one needs to know about home repairs. For those who enjoy everything from painting a cabinet to weatherizing the house, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair can help the amateur renovator through it all. With thousands of photos, this book covers such simple tasks as how to use a paintbrush to maintaining a gas forced-air system. Clocking in at more than 500 pages, this guide is divided into four sections. The first deals with basic issues, such as safety and storage. The second and third address interior and exterior repairs, respectively, and the last chapter is reserved for the weightier issue of systems repairs. While it is comprehensive in its scope of home repairs, it also offers smack-myself-in-the-forehead, handy tips. Did you know that lubricating a screw with beeswax makes for easier driving with a screwdriver? This is a keeper for your home reference shelf.
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Master carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other contractors contributed their expertise to this up-to-date guide to important home improvements, from patching cracks in a basement floor to replacing a roof. For each project they provide detailed how-to instructions, complete tools and materials lists, helpful hints, and troubleshooting charts. Topics include interior, exterior, and systems repairs. Contains about 2,000 color illustrations and a maintenance checklist for the entire home. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Working Safely 6
Storing Tools 10
Storing Materials 12
Transporting Materials 14
Using Tools 16
Interior Repairs 20
Basements 24
Protecting Walls & Floors 26
Preventing Dampness & Leaks 28
Ceilings & Walls 32
Repairing Plaster 34
Repairing Wallboard 36
Restoring Paneling 38
Restoring Ceramic Tile 40
Replacing Wall Accessories 43
Repairing Wallcovering 44
Repairing Trim Moldings 46
Restoring a Ceiling 50
Reducing Noise 54
Painting 56
Choosing Paint, Tools & Equipment 60
Preparing to Paint 62
Applying Primers & Sealers 66
Using a Paintbrush 68
Using a Roller 69
Painting Windows, Doors & Trim 70
Painting Cabinets 72
Painting Ceilings & Walls 74
Cleaning Up 75
Floors 76
Underlayment 84
Subfloors 86
Common Floor Coverings 88
Maintaining & Repairing Vinyl Flooring 90
Maintaining & Repairing Ceramic Flooring 98
Maintaining & Repairing Hardwood Flooring 100
Maintaining & Repairing Carpeting 108
Stairs 110
Doors 116
Maintaining & Repairing Doors 118
Storm Doors 134
Windows 136
Repairing Storm Windows 148
Insulation & Weatherproofing 158
Improving Insulation 162
Adding Basement Insulation 166
Weatherizing the House 170
Cabinets 172
Countertops 176
Exterior Repairs 180
Roofing 184
Inspecting a Roof 188
Locating & Repairing Leaks 190
Repairing & Replacing Flashing 194
Preparing for a New Roof 196
Installing a New Roof 200
Fascia & Soffits 208
Gutters 214
Chimneys 220
Walls & Siding 224
Masonry Walls 224
Stucco Walls 226
Wood Siding 228
Manufactured Siding 230
Exterior Painting 232
Preparing to Paint 236
Applying Paint & Primer 240
Concrete & Asphalt 248
Patching Holes 252
Repairing Walkways 254
Repairing Concrete Steps 258
Replacing Concrete Steps 260
Repairing Vertical Surfaces 264
Repairing Asphalt 266
Systems Repairs 268
Plumbing 272
Pipe & Fittings 278
Working with Plastic Pipe 280
Working with Copper Pipe 284
Using Compression Fittings 290
Using Flare Fittings 292
Working with Galvanized Iron Pipe 294
Working with Cast-iron Pipe 296
Valves 300
Drains, Vents & Traps 304
Clearing Clogged Tub Drains 308
Clearing Clogged Sink Drains 310
Clearing Fixture Drains with a Hand Auger 312
Sinks 314
Faucets 320
Ball Faucets 322
Cartridge Faucets 324
Disc Faucets 326
Compression Faucets 328
Fixing Spout & Sprayer Pressure Problems 330
Replacing a Faucet 332
Tubs, Showers & Whirlpools 336
Toilets 344
Repairing Pressure-assisted Toilets 354
Food Disposers 356
Dishwashers 360
Water Heaters 364
Water Softeners 376
Water Pumps 378
Septic Systems 380
Electrical 382
Service Panels 386
Tools for Electrical Repair 392
Materials for Electrical Repair 393
The Rules of Electrical Safety 395
Receptacles 396
Testing Receptacles 402
GFCI Receptacles 408
Wall Switches 412
Single-pole Switches 414
Three-way Switches 416
Four-way Switches 418
Double Switches 420
Pilot-light Switches 420
Switch/Receptacles 420
Dimmer Switches 422
Specialty Switches 424
Lighting Fixtures 426
Incandescent Mounted Light Fixtures 427
Recessed Light Fixtures 432
Chandeliers 434
Track Lighting 436
Fluorescent Lights 438
Doorbells 442
Telephones 446
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning 450
Heating 452
Gas Forced-air Systems 454
Maintaining a Forced-air System 456
Maintaining a Furnace Humidifier 462
Hot Water & Steam Systems 464
Maintaining Hot Water & Steam Systems 465
Identifying & Repairing Exhaust Leaks 469
Supplemental Heating Systems 470
Electrical Baseboard Heaters 470
Wall-mounted Electrical Heaters 474
Fireplaces & Wood Stoves 476
Ventilation 478
Air Conditioning 482
Maintaining Central Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps 483
Maintaining a Room Air Conditioner 486
Thermostats 488
Maintenance Schedule 490
Glossary 494
Index 496
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    I even replaced my roof with this book!

    This book is amazing! I have done everything from re-routing the hot wather piping to replacing roofing boards and shingles using this book as a reference. Anything you need to know is in this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    necessity!

    My brother gave me this book for X-mas one year ago when I was getting ready to move into my new home. I read it in 2 evening's time and have used it so much since then. It has helped me tackle alot of projects in my home that I wouldn't have dared to do otherwise. I also call my brothers for their guidance, but feel confident that the book gives enough details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    Most helpful, incredibly accurate amazing!!!

    In this book I discovered that if you need any information on any perticular projects it would be a great investment for any company to have for their maintenance department. If you wanted to you could probably sell it to any number of companys that would be interested in this catolog. Iwould strongly suggest advertising over television or a p.c.s. system. GREAT job!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Awesome book!

    This book is great. I'm a young, single woman and I've just recently bought a house. of course, I received a home repair book as a gift. It was horrible, no pictures, no 'how-to's, just lengthy explainations of one persons experience in calling a home repair specialist. Obviously, I exchanged that book for the Black & Decker Home Repair Guide. What a difference! I've fixed a toilet and the tub. it even gives hints for preventing the problems in the first place. i love it! It is SOOOO easy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    Not for beginners

    If you already have some home repair knowledge and skills, this book is probably more appropriate for you. It lists every conceivable, (or at least ones I can think of) home problem imaginable. For example, there's a section devoted to roof replacement. Like 99% + of homeowners, I am not going to undertake a roof replacement. For most of us, it's better left to the experts. Ironically, if one could replace their roof, it's not likely that they'll refer to a general home repair book. My interest is not roof repair, but in more detailed, simple directions on basic home repair, e.g., how to caulk the tile in the shower. For simple tasks like that, one would be better off searching elsewhere.

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