DIY for Renters: Don't Call the Landlord: A Renter's Guide to Repairs and Personalizations That Won't Break Your Lease

DIY for Renters: Don't Call the Landlord: A Renter's Guide to Repairs and Personalizations That Won't Break Your Lease

by Charles Byers


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DIY for Renters Don’t Call the Landlord is a complete repair and maintenance guide for everyone who rents—not owns—their home. It’s designed to help apartment and house renters perform common repairs and upgrades that are economical, safe, and don’t conflict with tenant/landlord agreements. Also included are tips on taking down and removing upgrades when it’s time to move out of the rental unit so you can get your security deposit back in full. Packed with step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and color photos, this book teaches basic repair skills that potential future homeowners will use for the rest of their lives. Author Charles Byers, an experienced vocational school educator, shows how to address all of the normal maintenance issues that every home encounters, from squeaky doors and floors, wet basements, and replacing light switches to installing ceiling fans, plumbing, heating, and electrical repairs. Byers guides the reader to complete each project as inexpensively and perfectly as possible, using readily available materials from the local home center. 


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580118330
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 775,839
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Charles Byers taught at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in the carpentry department for 12 years, where he created numerous innovative adult continuing education programs for carpentry, historic building preservation, apprenticeship instruction and electrical technology. He established and now teaches in a new residential remodeling department at the college, covering all facets of building, remodeling and maintenance of residential buildings.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Before You Begin

Safety First 8

Tips for Successful Repairs 10

Chapter 2 Dry wall Issues

Drywall Repairs before Spackling 12

Drywall Finish Repairs 17

Chapter 3 Painting Basics

Painting Projects 21

Precision Masking Tape 27

Applying Paint with a Brush 32

Applying Paint with a Roller 34

Caulk Gun Use 37

Chapter 4 Primer and Finish Paints

Calculating Gallons of Primer and Finish Paints 39

Applying Stain-Blocking Primers 41

Applying Finish Paint to Walls and Ceilings 42

Pointing Stained Cabinets and Trim 43

Chapter 5 Interior Doors

Interior Doorstops 46

Inferior Door Locksets 48

Interior Door Prep and Paint 52

Stripped Screw Repairs 54

Chapter 6 Exterior Doors

Exterior Door Locksets 57

Door Security 60

Exterior Door Weather Stripping 62

Electric Garage Door Openers 65

Chapter 7 Windows

Window locks 70

Window Weather Stripping 72

Older Window Counterweights 72

Chapter 8 Electric

Electrical Repairs and Replacements 75

Electrical Tools 77

Electrical Connections 79

Chapter 9 Electrical Device Repairs

Duplex Receptacles 84

GFCI Receptacles 87

Single-Pole Switches 92

Three-Way Switches 94

Over/Under Switch Replacements 96

Chapter 10 Water Service

Municipal Water Line 100

Well System 101

Inline Water Filters 103

Chapter 11 Basic Plumbing

Plumbing Repairs 106

Water Valve Connections 107

Water Lines and Hoses 110

Chapter 12 Kitchen Plumbing Repairs

Kitchen Faucet 112

Kitchen Sink Strainer Basket 114

Kitchen Sink Drain P Trap 118

Garbage Disposal 121

Chapter 13 Bathrooms

Bathroom Accessories 130

Bathroom Exhaust Fan and Light 131

Chapter 14 Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

Vanity Faucet 133

Vanity Pop-Up 135

Vanity Drain P-Trap 139

Bathtub Waste and Overflow 141

Chapter 15 Toilet Repairs

Wax Seal and Flange Bolts 146

Flange 149

Flush Handle 151

Flapper Valve 152

Flush Valve 154

Flush Valve Body Gasket and Toilet Bolt Replacement 156

Toilet Seat 158

Water Line Connections 159

Chapter 16 Appliances

Range Hood 162

Dishwasher 163

Electric Hot-Water Heater 164

Hot-Air Furnace 166

Condensate Pump 167

Central Air Conditioning Unit 168

Dryer Vents 169

Chapter 17 Exterior Repairs

Blacktop and Concrete 172

Power Wash Exterior 176

Gutters and Downspouts 178

Mailboxes 184

Outdoor Lights 188

Outdoor GFCI Receptacle Covers 190

Wooden Deck Rails 192

Acknowledgments 197

Art Credits 197

About the Author 198

Index 199

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