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A hands-on, step-by-step guide to properly maintaining yourhome
Your home requires regular maintenance to operate safely andefficiently. The expert advice in this second edition of HomeMaintenance For Dummies can help you save literally thousandsof dollars each year by showing you how to perform home maintenanceyourself!
This new edition provides the latest tips on how to tune up yourhome and make repairs to every room of the house, from basement toattic. By combining step-by-step instructions and expertinformation, this practical guide gives you the skills to tackleeverything from furnace tune-ups to leaky roofs. You'll also learnhow to conduct routine inspections, keep major appliances runningefficiently, and increase energy efficiency.
- Shows how to keep your home in tip-top shape, preserve itsvalue, and avoid costly repairs
- Covers all rooms of the house, in addition to the roof,foundation, and exterior
- Explains how to keep all home systems and major appliancesrunning smoothly
- Includes a seasonal maintenance schedule
- Provides the latest green maintenance options to help loweryour utility bills
James Carey and Morris Carey have a radio show, a newspapercolumn, and a Web site, all called On the House, and appearregularly on CBS News Saturday Morning. They are also theauthors of Home Remodeling For Dummies
If you've always wanted to tackle home repairs like a pro,Home Maintenance For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your idealresource!
About the Author
James Carey and Morris Carey Jr. share their 55+ years of experience as award-winning, licensed contractors with millions of people nationwide through a weekly radio program and syndicated newspaper column, both titled On The House. They also appear regularly on CBS News Saturday Morning.
Table of Contents
Part I: Home Maintenance and You.
Chapter 1: Home Maintenance: What It Is and Why It Matters.
Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your House and Its Systems.
Chapter 3: Putting Together Your Home Maintenance Plan.
Part II: The Energy Envelope.
Chapter 4: Foundation and Floor Frame Fundamentals.
Chapter 5: Roofi ng and Siding.
Chapter 6: Windows, Exterior Doors, and Insulation.
Part III: Key Systems: Plumbing and HVAC.
Chapter 7: Plumbing, Part I: Pipes, Water Heaters, WaterSofteners, and More.
Chapter 8: Plumbing, Part II: Fixtures.
Chapter 9: Plumbing, Part III: Sewer and Septic Systems.
Chapter 10: Heating, Ventilating, and Air-ConditioningSystems.
Part IV: Inside Home Sweet Home.
Chapter 11: Walls and Ceilings.
Chapter 12: Floors and Interior Doors.
Chapter 13: Cabinets and Countertops.
Chapter 14: Appliances.
Chapter 15: Don’t Get Burned: Fireplaces.
Chapter 16: Maintaining Your Home-Safety Systems.
Part V: Out in the Great Wide Open.
Chapter 17: Walkways, Patios, and Driveways.
Chapter 18: Decks, Fences, and Retaining Walls.
Chapter 19: And Then There Was Rust.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home.
Chapter 21: Ten Maintenance Skills You Need.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has a good layout. Topics are clearly explained. A home maintenance schedule is provided and embedded throughout the text. There is a useful list of cleaning solutions you can make yourself. Overall, a very informative and useful book. I think it will help me save a lot of money. It takes the mystery out of home projects. I'm actually looking forward to maintaining my house. Thanks!