The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: 2000 Color How-To Photos (Black & Decker Home Improvement Library)

 
9780865737532: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: 2000 Color How-To Photos (Black & Decker Home Improvement Library)

Filled with over 2000 color photographs, The Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair is unrivaled among home repair books. This refreshing and accessible guide offers more than 500 pages of the most reliable, up-to-date information available on exterior and interior do-it-yourself home repairs, including a complete section on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

Top-quality color photography, detailed tools and materials lists, hundreds of helpful tips, and modern, time-saving techniques put The Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair in a class by itself. This remarkable book is, quite simply, brighter, more exciting, and more helpful than any comparable book on the market.

Highlights:

**Presents over 2000 clear, color photographs for quality that is unparalleled in the how-to publishing industry. Competing titles use primarily illustrations and line drawings.

**Includes over 300 of the most important home repair projects you're likely to face.

**Provides complete tools and 7 materials lists for all projects.

**Features troubleshooting charts that let you pinpoint the cause of common problems and their solutions.

**Includes maintenance checklists for seasonal and annual inspections.

**Includes extensive techniques and safety sections with valuable advice from home repair contractors and safety experts.

**Uses a convenient, self-referencing format with numbered steps and detailed, labeled photographs that guide readers first to the general topic, then through the detailed steps of each specific project.

**Contains projects that have been carefully researched and checked by home improvement professionals.

**Demonstrates top-quality, affordable tools and materials recommended by home repair experts.

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Review:

Got a problem with grout? Open The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair (to page 98) and watch your tiling worries dissolve before the simple beauty of photography. Black & Decker has anticipated your every question and problem with interior, exterior, and home systems repairs, and detailed the solutions in just over 500 pages. In no other human endeavor is a visual guide so important as home repair (well, maybe brain surgery), so this is a crucial aid to the handyperson. Easy-to-find sections on floors, insulation, roofing, chimneys, water heaters, wall switches, air conditioning, and much more are well-designed, brilliantly illustrated, and carefully outlined with step-by-step instructions from masters. The photos in particular are extremely valuable, offering many different views (sometimes even exploded) of the operation in question, and always showing just enough to communicate without overwhelming the reader with too much detail. These alone would be worth the price of the book, but the written explanations and instructions are also very helpful, offering tools, materials lists, and hints that wouldn't occur to the amateur. The book finishes with a maintenance schedule to help you keep repairs from becoming serious, and the end papers have conversion charts and tables that you'll use time and again. If you can't have Norm the master carpenter over to help you fix your old house, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair is the next best thing. --Rob Lightner

Book Description:

The first three editions of The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair sold more than 600,000 copies. At a price of $35, the 560-page hardcover version was a lot of book for the money. But for some, it was just too big to manage on the job—so we shrunk it. We’ve kept all the information and all the beautiful full-color photos but adapted them to a 6.5-by-8.5-inch compact edition that can fit in most toolboxes and live happily on your favorite bookshelf. Initially, the compact edition was available only at large home centers, where it grew so popular that now, for the first time ever, we’ve decided to make it available to everyone at a reduced bargain price of $24.99. Plumbing, wiring, windows and doors, flooring, furnaces, water heaters, wall coverings . . . if it can be found in or around your house, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair will teach you how to fix it.

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