This profusely illustrated volume is the first of a new series, coproduced by the respected magazines The Family Handyman and Reader's Digest. Many charts and clear, simple color photographs illustrate the problem-solving procedures offered here. All sorts of basic and necessary information, such as materials lists and a glossary of terms, are included. User and home safety, environmental protection, and economy are stressed throughout. The layout of the book lends itself to exploration, while the table of contents and the index are useful for direct access. Essential for the reference or home repair sections of public libraries.-Alex Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa.
This do-it-yourself repair book covers more than 100 bothersome but fairly predictable problems that may beset almost any home owner at some point in time. The layout is easy to follow, with a what-you-need list of tools and materials, as well as color photographs illustrating the step-by-step directions for each repair job. Repairs are divided into eight separate categories--plumbing, wiring, roof and eaves, etc. An additional chapter is devoted to safety concerns. So whether an indoor problem beckons (patching drywall or repairing wallpaper) or some advice is needed on how to pour concrete, this book will function as a sound, basic resource.