The Home Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Household Maintenance

Overview

Quirk Owner's Manuals have taught readers how to "repair" and "maintain" babies, toddlers, dogs, and cats. Now we're tackling the biggest and most complicated "appliance" of all your home!

Through step-by-step instructions and techy schematic diagrams, The Home Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: How can I drain the sludge out of my water heater? What makes my radiators "hiss" at night? Is there any easy way to ...

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Overview

Quirk Owner's Manuals have taught readers how to "repair" and "maintain" babies, toddlers, dogs, and cats. Now we're tackling the biggest and most complicated "appliance" of all your home!

Through step-by-step instructions and techy schematic diagrams, The Home Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: How can I drain the sludge out of my water heater? What makes my radiators "hiss" at night? Is there any easy way to unstop a toilet? How can I fill a crack in my wall? And when should I seek professional help?

You'll also find advice on inspecting a new home, moving in, redecorating, emergency maintenance, and much more. With plenty of helpful illustrations to guide you along, The Home Owner's Manual makes household maintenance a breeze.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Quirk continues its line of little owner's manuals with this title by Ramsey (Doors, Windows and Skylights). A short and stocky book, it features heavyweight paper that will supposedly stand up to repeated use. Stylized cartoons that contain hidden jokes effectively pepper the book with humor. Coverage is purposefully cursory; house systems are described very concisely and authoritatively. Simple repairs are never illustrated, just via instructional text. Though the book offers some useful information, it is not an essential purchase. Turn to Reader's Digest's The Complete-Do-It-Yourself Manual instead. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641949456
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Ramsey, a licensed building and home improvement contractor, has taught thousands of homeowners how to fix things through his Web site, www.fixitclub.com (hosted by BobVila.com). He lives in Willets, California.
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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    No Depth

    I found it okay but with a serious lack of depth. It's good to help someone who doesn't know the difference between wrenches but for serious matters it truly falls short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Helpful

    I gave this book to my son and daughter-in-law. They've only been married a few years and have just bought their first house. They find it very helpful in home repairs.

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