The Complete Idiot's Guide to Trouble-Free Home Repair

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Trouble-Free Home Repair

by David J. Tenenbaum

Paperback(Revised & Updated)



You're no idiot, of course. You can stick a bucket underneath a dripping ceiling with breathtaking precision and tape cardboard over a broken window like you were born to the craft. But when it comes to real home repair challenges, your handiwork begins and ends with the call you make to your carpenter or plumber. Don't pack up your toolbox yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Trouble-Free Home Repair, Second Edition is your total guide to diagnosing and fixing the most basic home-repair problems yourself. In this completely revised and updated Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028632629
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 09/22/1999
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Edition description: Revised & Updated
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: It's Handy to Be Handy 1(34)
Is Your Home Looking Homely?
To fix your house, you need a realistic attitude. That means avoiding perfectionism and knowing when to say "when."
Assessing Your Home
Foundations, roofs, and other home essentials---how are yours?
Get a Plan, Stan (Can You Do It?)
Meshing your home repair projects with your other responsibilities.
Dial a Home Fixer: Building Rescue
Can't fix it? How to find the help you need.
Talk Contract---and Live to Tell About It!
Comparing home repairers' prices and skills; understanding their contracts.
Part 2: Safety, Tools, and Materials: The Building Blocks of Success 35(70)
Health, Safety, and Common Sense
How to protect yourself---even from yourself! A brief treatise on the stupidity factor.
The Bare Essentials: Hand Tools
Old, reliable, and versatile, hand tools are the heart of any repair---and they're fun to use, especially if you keep them handy.
The Bare Essentials with Oomph! Power Tools
Drills, saws, and sanders---sooner or later, these electric helpers will show up in your toolkit.
Fast Guide to Fasteners
Screws, nails, and hardware are better than ever---meet the cream of the crop.
A Workable Workshop
When you need to do your homework, here's where to do it right: scientific storage solutions.
Wood: Still Champ After All These Years
Tips for nailing, screwing, sawing, and filling wood. Why wood splits---and how to prevent it.
Part 3: Strictly for Outriders: The Exterior View 105(70)
Skin-Tight: Caulking, Weather-Stripping, Insulation, and Ventilation
Control your indoor climate with these basic materials, and save a few bucks in the process.
In the Yard: No Rest for the Weary
How to treat pressure-treated lumber, how to replace bad boards, and what to slather over your driveway.
Beauty's Only Skin Deep: Care and Healing for Your Siding
Siding shouldn't cause trouble---unless you mistreat it. Fix it first, then treat it right.
Gimme Shelter---and Other Advice on Repairing Roofs
Replacing shingles, repairing roll roofing, and other hints for rapid roof repair.
Bricks and Stones: Doing Masonry and Concrete Without Getting Stoned
Play along as masonry and concrete march to a different drummer: mortar, stones, and the ground-truth of masonry.
Bricks and Stones: Masonry and Concrete (the Sequel)
Fixing foundations, drying basements, repairing concrete, and tuckpointing brick---heavy work made (relatively) easy.
Part 4: An Inside Job 175(126)
A Paneless Guide to Windows
Sane pane replacement, and how to get jammed windows moving again.
An Entry-Level Treatise on Doors
Hinges, latches, and deadbolts help your doors do their job.
Here's how to keep them happy.
Getting a Solid Footing on Floors
Squeaks silenced, boards replaced, and carpets repaired.
Tile in Style!
Miraculous mends for tortured tile, and great tips for installing new tiles.
Cosmetology 101: Drywall and Plaster Repair
Invisible fixes for damaged drywall and plaster; seven ways to find a stud; installing drywall.
The Will to Wallpaper
Making perfect repairs in wallpaper---quickly, cheaply, and easily.
A Scolding on Molding
It's the finishing touch, so you might as well finish it right!
Putting a Good Face on: Choosing Paint and Painting Tools
Paint, primer, and stain for any surface. Understanding old problems is key to a good paint job.
Lay It on---but Not Too Thick
Preparation for any material; tips for pain-free painting with brush, roller, or spray can.
Part 5: Mechanicals for Non-Mechanics 301(100)
Breaker, Breaker on the Wall: Electric Fundamentals
To work safety with electricity, you must know these principles and tests.
Getting Wired Without Getting Zapped
Electrical gizmos and connections; understandings switch and receptacle wiring, and installing receptacles the easy way.
A Welcoming Blast of Hot Air: Heating System Tips
Heating system maintenance and troubleshooting.
Champion Chimneys
Inspecting and cleaning chimneys, operating wood stoves and fireplaces, and capping and flashing masonry chimneys.
Either It Leaks ... (Plumbing, Part I)
Emergency repairs, taking the drip out of faucets, soldering pipes, and preventing the big freeze-up.
... Or It Doesn't Drain (Plumbing, Part II)
Cleaning clogs from drain lines, understanding and replacing toilet mechanisms, and living with a garbage disposal.
Appendix A Nuts and Bolts Glossary 401(6)
Index 407

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