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DIY For Dummies, UK Edition, 2nd Edition

Jeff Howell (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-97539-8
432 pages
September 2010
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This hands-on guide will help you prepare for and manage simple home repairs and improvements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph's DIY columnist) and a host of other experts guide you through the trials and tribulations of DIY, helping you to carry out a range of projects - from fixing a leaky tap to hanging wallpaper - safely, cheaply and with minimum disruption. The full-colour drawings illustrate the step-by-step techniques and the lay-flat binding is perfect for on-the-job DIY advice.

DIY For Dummies covers:

PART I - Planning Your Home Improvement Projects
Chapter 1: Gearing Up for Your DIY Adventures
Chapter 2: Being Safe and Prepared
Chapter 3: Working with (And within) a Budget

PART II - Basic Home Maintenance and Improvement
Chapter 1: Repairing Walls and Putting Up Shelves
Chapter 2: Windows Don't Have to Be a Pane
Chapter 3: Doors: An Open-and-Shut Case
Chapter 4: Roofs and Walls
Chapter 5: Dealing with Damp
Chapter 6: Electrical Repairs and Replacements

PART III - Painting and Wallpapering
Chapter 1: Planning Your Painting Project
Chapter 2: Preparing Surfaces for Painting
Chapter 3: Painting, Finishing, and Cleaning Up
Chapter 4: Choosing Wallpaper and Preparing Walls
Chapter 5: Hanging Wallpaper

PART V - Carpentry, Woodworking, and Flooring
Chapter 1: Flooring: Keeping a Leg Up on Foot Traffic
Chapter 2: Drilling, Driving, Fastening, and Gluing
Chapter 3: Understanding the Carpentry Process
Chapter 4: Finishing Wood

PART VI - Plumbing
Chapter 1: The Plumbing System in Your Home
Chapter 2: Heating, Ventilating, and Insulating Your Home
Chapter 3: Plumbing Materials and Tools
Chapter 4: Unblocking a Sink or Bath Drain
Chapter 5: Unblocking and Fixing a Toilet
Chapter 6: Fixing a Dripping Tap

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Introduction.

Book I: Planning Your Home Improvement Projects.

Chapter 1: Gearing Up for Your DIY Adventures.

Chapter 2: Being Safe and Prepared.

Chapter 3: Working with (And within) a Budget.

Book II: Basic Home Maintenance and Improvement.

Chapter 1: Repairing Walls and Putting Up Shelves.

Chapter 2: Windows Don’t Have to Be a Pane.

Chapter 3: Doors: An Open-and-Shut Case.

Chapter 4: Roofs and Walls.

Chapter 5: Dealing with Damp.

Chapter 6: Electrical Repairs and Replacements.

Book III: Painting and Wallpapering.

Chapter 1: Planning Your Painting Project.

Chapter 2: Preparing Surfaces for Painting.

Chapter 3: Painting, Finishing, and Cleaning Up.

Chapter 4: Choosing Wallpaper and Preparing Walls.

Chapter 5: Hanging Wallpaper.

Book IV: Carpentry, Woodworking, and Flooring.

Chapter 1: Flooring: Keeping a Leg Up on Foot Traffic.

Chapter 2: Drilling, Driving, Fastening, and Gluing.

Chapter 3: Understanding the Carpentry Process.

Chapter 4: Finishing Wood.

Book V: Plumbing.

Chapter 1: The Plumbing System in Your Home.

Chapter 2: Heating, Ventilating, and Insulating Systems.

Chapter 3: Plumbing Materials and Tools.

Chapter 4: Unblocking a Sink or Bath Waste Pipe.

Chapter 5: Unblocking and Fixing a Toilet.

Chapter 6: Fixing a Dripping Tap.

Index.

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Jeff Howell is a renowned home-improvement expert who has practised, taught and written on the subject for the past 30 years. He writes a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph and was the presenter of the Channel 4 series Don't Blame the Builder. Roy Barnhart, James Carey, Morris Carey, Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton, Donald R. Prestly and Jeff Strong are DIY experts and authors.
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