Home Improvement For Dummies
Home Improvement For Dummies is a whole-house repair manual for everyone from fledgling do-it-yourselfers to seasoned handymen and women. This anybody-can-do-it approach will help you with a repair that needs fixing right away or get you started on a project you’ve been planning. This book is for you if you need advice on these topics and more:
- Painting and decorating
- Plumbing and electrical
- Outside repairs
- Building shelves
- Refinish and stain wood
- Repair squeaky stairs
- Install floor tiles
- Improve your home’s energy efficiency
- Maintain and upgrade plumbing
- Install an outdoor sprinkler system
- Install a ceiling fan
- Maintain central air conditioning and heating
Whether you just have a few pesky projects you want to fix quickly or you want to become a home-improvement expert, this easy-to-follow guide gives you everything you will ever need to know. A helpful appendix is packed with online resources that let you network with other do-it-yourselfers.
PART I: Getting Down to Business.
Chapter 1: The Biggest Room in Your House.
Chapter 2: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Chapter 3: Gearing Up for Your Home Improvement Adventures.
PART II: Painting and Decorating.
Chapter 4: Interior Painting: A Quick Facelift for Your Rooms.
Chapter 5: Exterior Painting: Now That's a House of a Different Color!
Chapter 6: Refinishing and Staining Wood.
Chapter 7: Wallpapering Projects.
PART III: The Nuts and Bolts of Carpentry.
Chapter 8: Walking the Floor Over You.
Chapter 9: Windows Don't Have to Be a Pane.
Chapter 10: Doors: An Open and Shut Case.
PART IV: Plumbing and Electricity.
Chapter 11: Becoming Your Own Plumber.
Chapter 12: Maintaining and Upgrading Plumbing Appliances.
Chapter 13: Light Up Your Life with Electrical Repairs and Replacements.
Chapter 14: Maintaining and Upgrading Electrical Appliances.
PART V: Improvements Inside and Out.
Chapter 15: Inside Repairs and Improvements.
Chapter 16: Outside Repairs and Improvements.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Avoid Common Painting Mistakes.
Chapter 18: Ten Important Ways to Burglar-Proof Your House.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Save Energy.
Chapter 20: Ten Things to Remember When You're Hiring a Contractor.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Make Your Home Safer and More Accessible.
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Kid-Proof Your Home.
Chapter 23: Ten Quick Fixes to Transform Any Room.
Appendix: Home Improvement Help Online.
Book Registration Information.