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Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home
Julie Sussman
0060959843
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Whether you identify with riot grrrls or Rosie the Riveter, you'll love the tackle-it-yourself empowerment style of Dare to Repair. Covering simple tasks like unclogging bathroom sinks and switching directions on a ceiling fan along with more intimidating projects such as patching holes in drywall or creating a circuit map, this no-nonsense guide will walk you through those simple steps of maintaining, and perhaps even improving, your home. Forget about Martha and her hot-glue-gun projects--this is about drain snakes, electrical tape, and the kind of screwdrivers you can't order from a bartender.

Authors Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet mix goofy "Your fridge is running? Better catch it!" jokes with a very matter-of-fact tone that assumes from the start you're woman enough for the job. Sections are arranged by...



Paredes y techos (Reparar y renovar series)

8484039994


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Book Description
Addressing homeowners' needs, this series provides instruction for successful home repairs and remodeling, from the simple to the sophisticated. From plumbing and floor repairs to wall and window replacement, projects are illustrated by step-by-step instructions, and tips, tricks of the trade, and safety recommendations are provided. Each job is categorized by difficulty level and is accompanied by a list of necessary tools. Abordando las necesidades de los propietarios de casas, esta serie provee instrucciones para exitosas reparaciones y refacciones del hogar, desde lo simple a lo sofisticado. Desde plomería y reparaciones del piso a reemplazo de ventanas y arreglos de paredes; los proyectos están ilustrados con instrucciones paso a paso, consejos, trucos del oficio, incluyendo también...


Tool & Die
Sarah Graves
0553585789
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Review
"A nicely drawn cast of characters, both human and animal, plus humor built around domestic bliss and angst, personal foibles and outrageous situations, all make for plenty of cozy fun .. in Graves’s eighth entertaining 'Home Repair is Homicide' mystery."



From the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree traded her power-broker life for a run-down dream house in peaceful Eastport, Maine. But the do-it-yourself enthusiast is learning that no matter how carefully you build your home, murder has a way of slipping in through the cracks….

It’s a bright June afternoon and old-house-fixer-upper Jake Tiptree is driving through downeast Maine on an unusual errand. She’s getting ready to interview a large,...


Home Improvement 1-2-3
Home Depot Staff (Editor)
0696213273
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The first edition of Home Improvement 1-2-3 quickly became a workbench classic. The new edition—with 340 projects, 3,500 color photographs, and more than 100 illustrations, charts, and graphs—offers up-to-the-minute solutions for homeowners tackling home repair, maintenance, and improvement. Chapters cover painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical system, walls and ceilings, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, shelves, countertops, insulation, weatherproofing, exterior maintenance, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. Clear, concise instructions accompanied by detailed how-to photographs ensure your success no matter what your skill level. Every project offers tips, shortcuts and advice on buying and using tools and materials, working safely, avoiding common mistakes, saving time and money, and...


Fast Food Fix: 75 Amazing Recipe Makeovers of Your Fast Food Restaurant Favorites
Devin Alexander
1594863105
April 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Is it possible to make fries that taste just like McDonald's with no trans-fatty-acids? Yes, but it's not easy. Blessed with an obsessive, analytical mind and cursed with a craving for Burger King, Alexander offers healthier (but not necessarily healthy) substitutes for brand name burgers, milkshakes, fries and pizza. In true fast food fashion, recipes are single servings, but some are generous enough to serve two. Though substitutions are included (use a whole wheat for a white bun or turkey for pork), Alexander reminds readers the goal is to "cut fat and calories...without affecting taste." This takes precision: though the Popeye's Cajun Battered Fries are still spicy and delicious and relatively straight-forward to make, the recipe for Hardee's 1/3-lb Western Bacon Thickburger has steps for breading onion...


Chix Can Fix: 100 Home-Improvement Projects and True Tales from the Diva of Do-It-Yourself
Norma Vally
014200507X
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The Discovery Channel’s Tool-Belt Diva urges women everywhere to drop the honey-do list and "Honey, do it yourself!" With more than 250,000 women enrolled in Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself workshops in the last two years, women are definitely taking the lead in America’s home improvement game. Now that women are making more of the home improvement decisions than ever before, it’s only natural that they would look to one of the most recognized home improvement experts on television— Norma Vally, the Tool-Belt Diva. But Chix Can Fix offers much more than just construction tips; it inspires women to take on home repairs—from wiring a light fixture to repairing drywall to fixing that leaky faucet for good—with confidence and gusto. A comprehensive resource to common home...


Concrete at Home : Innovative Forms and Finishes: Countertops, Floors, Walls, and Fireplaces
Fu-Tung Cheng, Eric Olsen
156158682X
February 9, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cheng (Concrete Countertops) brings his skill and creativity to the rest of the house, exploring the design and building of floors, walls, patios and fireplaces as well as kitchen counters and sinks—all using concrete. Not one to stick to basics, he offers suggestions for conceptualizing and integrating artful elements—columns, fountains, inlays—into nearly every room. Copious close-up photographs show Cheng and his team at work as they frame, pour, shape and finish concrete-centric projects for various clients. The books breaks down projects into manageable pieces, while detailed instructions and diagrams lead readers from idea through preparation to execution. Finishing touches and whimsical elements are important, and this detailed manual "contains a healthy respect for the discipline of the...


New Fix-It-Yourself Manual
Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
0895778718
October 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
The indispensable bible for keeping a home in tip-top shape, it is the time- and money-saver every homeowner needs. It functions as a repair manual, an evaluation guide, a compendium of household hints, an emergency reference, and a homeowner's encyclopedia. Over 3,000 illustrations.


Home Comforts
Cheryl Mendelson
0743272862
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Virtually everyone enjoys a crisply ironed dress shirt, clean sheets on a well-made bed, and a savory home-cooked meal. Yet housekeeping today stands as a somewhat neglected, if not maligned, job. But as author Cheryl Mendelson points out in Home Comforts, keeping house well can be a rewarding position--it allows you to provide for the physical and emotional comfort of loved ones. It's also not an easy job--there's much to be learned about properly managing a home, and Mendelson has set out to provide a guide to doing just that.

Mendelson, a homemaker, lawyer, and mother, learned about housekeeping from an early age from her grandmothers, one Appalachian, the other Italian. The two grandmothers taught her that although different ways of keeping house can be appropriate, there are generally smarter, faster, and more...



The New Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair
Staff of Black & Decker
1589231813
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book 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...


Yes You Can!
Amy Wynn Pastor
0696222884
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
America’s favorite carpenter from Trading Spaces uses her years of experience to write the most thorough guide to everyday home repairs.

Demystifies repair techniques by providing information other books leave out.

Shows how to install a dimmer switch, fix leaky faucets, clean gutters, replace doorknobs, repair broken windows, and more.

Pastor’s expert advice can save on costly repair and maintenance bills.

A great value and handy resource for any home bookshelf.

Gives novice DIYers confidence to fix practically anything.

About the Author
Before her four-years-and-running role helping the Trading Spaces designers pull off 48-hour makeover miracles, Amy Wynn Pastor traveled with a Broadway production constructing sets and props. Her fans...



The Complete Guide to Home Wiring - 3rd Edition : Includes Information on Home Electronics & Wireless Technology (Black & Decker)
Andrew Karre (Editor)
1589232135
November 1, 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
One of the most daunting endeavors for any would-be do-it-yourselfer is dealing with the electrical--namely, electrical repairs, improvements, and wiring and rewiring projects. The reason for this is simple: mistakes can cause fires, major disasters and expense, and even death. But anyone can learn about safe and correct wiring in order to complete repairs or add new wiring to an aging and inadequate system. This is the book to show you how, from the basics of how electricity works and simple repairs and projects, all the way to complicated rewiring you might otherwise assume must be done by a professional. Included are the most up-to-date electrical code requirements; guides to evaluating, planning, and installing new electrical circuits; repair advice on switches, receptacles, and fixtures; and a detailed and...


Big Book of Home How-To
Better Homes and Gardens (Editor)
0696217287
October 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Innovative layout appeals to consumers of all skill levels by allowing them to follow step-by-step projects and to check specific techniques.

Thorough step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations guide homeowners easily through small or complex projects.

The largest DIY home-improvement book on the market .

Based on the reader-tested and time-proven Better Homes and Gardens Step-by-Step series.



Mallets Aforethought
Sarah Graves
0553585770
Oct 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree left her high-powered career for a dilapidated fixer-upper and the dream of a quiet existence in the quaint town of Eastport, Maine. But she found that no matter how carefully you remodel your life, murder can take up residence anywhere.

It’s Eastport’s most notorious landmark: the old Harlequin House. Named for the disgraced physician Chester Harlequin, it was used as a hideout for gunshot gangsters and their molls during Prohibition’s heyday. Now fixer-upper enthusiast Jake Tiptree and Harlequin’s only living descendant, Ellie White, are refurbishing the mansard-roofed mansion to host the local Historical Society’s upcoming gala. But when stripping down old wallpaper reveals a secret door to a room containing not one but two corpses, Jake and...


Home Maintenance for Dummies
Morris Carey
0764552155
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Having a house can be a hassle. But thanks to timesaving, trouble-preventing strategies from these nationally recognized experts, now anyone can keep his or her palace in regal repair and have plenty of time left over for the fox hunts. This friendly book covers everything from plumbing to painting, with handy calendars to ensure nothing falls through the cracks -- including the cracks!

From the Publisher
In Home Maintenance For Dummies, readers will find out how to prevent costly repairs and safety hazards with handy calendars and checklists that will ensure nothing falls through the cracks -- including the cracks! Home Maintenance For Dummies covers everything from plumbing to painting with special tips on preparing for freezing winter conditions and sizzling...


The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
Sarah Susanka
1561583766
March 31, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
When describing a favorite room in the house, do you find yourself using terms such as "expansive," "formal," and "spacious"--a marble foyer or a formal dining room perhaps? Or do the words "cozy," "intimate," and "warm" come to mind--a cheery little breakfast nook or a window seat complete with plenty of pillows and a breathtaking view? More than likely, you--like thousands of other homeowners--are drawn to the more personal spaces in your home, where comfort, beauty, and efficiency meet. In The Not So Big House, respected architect Sarah Susanka and coauthor Kira Obolensky address our affinity for the "smaller, more personal spaces" and propose "clear, workable guidelines for creating homes that serve both our spiritual needs and our material requirements." The heart of the not-so-big house--which is not "just a small...


Dare To Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop
Julie Sussman
0060577002
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Can-do authors Sussman and Glasak-Tenet follow up their best selling Dare to Repair, a home repair manual, with a female-friendly guide to proper care and maintenance for a woman's second home: her car. This comprehensive, smartly written guide urges women to "take a proactive approach to maintaining your car rather than the typical reactive approach." Knowing that some readers won't be willing or able to tinker around under the hood, the authors include both do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me solutions. Beginning with the basics (how to read the car manual, how to open the hood) and explaining every system of the car with clear illustrations and understandable, if unavoidably dry, text, the book excels at breaking down common repairs and basic maintenance, such as changing tires, oil and brake fluid. The perfect...


Bungalow Style : Creating Classic Interiors in Your Arts and Crafts Home
Treena Crochet
1561586234
January 9, 2005
Hardcover
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The Houston Chronicle January 29, 2005, Saturday SECTION: STAR; Pg. 8
Her book offers inspiration for renovators as well as new-home builders who want to capture the period's essence.

Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska) February 3, 2005 SECTION: LIVING; Pg. 02E;
This colorful book deals with all the essential bungalow elements: doors, windows, walls, trim, stairs and built-in furniture.

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The PVC Project Book
Charles A. Sanders
1580801277
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
PVC pipe is cheap, versatile, durable and simple to work with. Homesteader Charles Sanders has come up with 101 projects that can be constructed from PVC piping, including a small-scale greenhouse, hanging planters and various containers to keep life simple.


Complete Guide to Home Carpentry
Manufactured by Black & Decker
0865735778
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
About This Book: The Complete Guide to Home Carpentry combines the most popular carpentry projects with up-to-date information on tools, techniques, and materials required for home projects. Easy-to-use photo-driven pages show readers the most common saw cuts, nailing techniques, router designs, and skills for using dozens of other tools. Projects range from framing a partition wall, building shelves, and installing windows and doors, to hanging cabinets, cutting countertops, and installing trim. Readers even learn how to remove walls for remodeling projects.
This book contains everything readers need for their projects - both new construction and repairs - in user-friendly detail. Color photos accompany each technique and project. The result is an indispensable resource for any homeowner planning a carpentry...


Building a Deck (Build Like A Pro)
Scott Schuttner
1561584797
October 1, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
This is the definitive guide to building the most popular exterior building project there is: the deck. By walking the reader through the entire process -- from the planning stages, through construction step-by-step, to the custom details that make a deck unique -- Building a Deck covers the practical side of building as well as design considerations that make a difference to discriminating homeowners. 35 drawings and over 300 color photos are included.


Remodeling a Basement (Build Like A Pro)
Roger German
1561586595
April 1, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Finishing a basement is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to increase living space in a home. This book helps readers visualize the vast possibilities that exist for this challenging space, and go about the remodeling process in an organized and efficient way. Roger German, a basement remodeling pro, covers every step, from the physically demanding "dirty work" to the rewarding finishing touches. He shows how to deal with a basement's special challenges, such as moisture problems and framing against concrete floors and walls, and gives instructions on pumping water up and out from basement baths and laundry rooms.


New Built-Ins Idea Book (Idea Books)
Sandor Nagyszalanczy
1561586730
February 9, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Do-it-yourself home projects have become a national pastime, and nothing satisfies that urge more then creating built-ins. The fact that they are a permanent part of a house makes it more critical that they be done with as much skill and imagination as possible. That's where the New Built-Ins Idea Book comes in. Written by Sandor Nagyszalanczy, a former senior editor of Fine Woodworking magazine and an acknowledged expert in the field, this illustrated guide shows step-by-step how to create built-ins that are both practical and appealing. Here are hundreds of design ideas for projects for every room of the house, including kitchens, bathrooms, libraries, kids' spaces, dining rooms, bedrooms, and the increasingly popular media spaces. The book shows a wide range of possibilities for incorporating built-ins, from niches...


Clean and Green: The Complete Guide to Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping
Annie Berthold-Bond
1886101019
January 1994
Paperback
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Library Journal, July, 1990
Better than Heloise's Hints for A Healthy Planet....

Garbage Magazine, March/April 1991
The result of her years of experimentation is not only an encyclopedia for environmental cleanliness, but also a laundry list of solutions of solutions for everyday puzzlers.

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