Basic Home Maintenance and Home Improvement Projects
Put on your grubbies, get out your tools, and get ready to tackle
home repairs and improvements with the goof-proof instructions in
this guide that combines the
best of nine For Dummies home improvement books in one comprehensive
Whether you’re an accomplished do-it-yourselfer or a
novice, the easy-to-follow instructions, complete with photos and
illustrations, will guide you every step of the way.
Want to spruce up bedroom? Spiff up the kitchen? Shore up the
porch? Build stairs? Replace creaky doors and drafty windows? Make
the most of your space? Inside or out, major renovation or minor
repair, the how-to is all right here. Think about it—if you do just
one project yourself instead of calling a plumber, electrician,
painter, handyman, or other service person, you’ve saved far more
than the cost of this book! And you’ll have it on hand to guide you
through the next project!
In Home Improvement All-In-One For Dummies you'll
- Basic home maintenance and improvement projects from the
foundation to the roof, including windows, doors, and electrical
repairs and replacements
- Painting and wallpapering
- Bathroom and kitchen remodeling, including installing
cabinets, countertops, fixtures, and appliances
- Carpentry, woodworking and flooring
- Plumbing, including unclogging fixtures and fixing leaky
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About the Authors:
Roy Barnhart is a lifelong do-it-yourselfer and former
professional building and remodeling contractor. He enjoyed eight
years as Senior Building and Remodeling Editor for two national home
improvement magazines. As a freelance writer, editor, and
consultant, Roy has contributed articles to more than a dozen home
improvement magazines, including Family Handyman and House
Beautiful. He has also contributed to four books.
James and Morris Carey, known as the Carey Brothers, are
nationally recognized experts on home building and renovation. They
share their 20-plus years of experience as award-winning, licensed
contractors with millions nationwide through a weekly radio program,
daily radio vignette, syndicated newspaper column, and comprehensive
Web site (www.onthehouse.com), all titled “On the House.” Morris and
James continue to own and operate a successful home remodeling and
construction firm, Carey Bros., and have been named to Remodeling
magazine’s Hall of Fame Big 50, which recognizes top achievers in
the industry. They’ve also been honored as one of the nation’s top
500 companies by Qualified Remodeler magazine.
Gene and Katie Hamilton have been working on houses and
writing about home improvements for over 30 years. They’ve remodeled
14 houses and write a weekly newspaper column entitled “Do It
Yourself . . . Or Not?” which appears in newspapers across the
country and on Web sites. The Hamiltons are authors of 16 home
improvement books, including Home Improvement For Dummies,
Carpentry For Dummies, Painting and Wallpapering For Dummies,
and Plumbing For Dummies. They’re the founders of
www.HouseNet.com, the first home improvement site on the Internet
and America Online. You’ve seen these veteran do-it-yourselfers
appear as home improvement experts on CNN, Dateline, the
Today show, Home Matters, Today at Home, and Our Home.
Don R. Prestly is a former senior editor for HANDY
Magazine for The Handyman Club of America, as well as a former
associate editor for Family Handyman magazine. In addition to
his nearly 20 years of writing and doing home improvement projects,
he spent several years as a manager for one of the Midwest’s largest
home centers. Throw in the everyday upkeep needs of being a
homeowner, dealing with the same problems and repairs as other
homeowners, and it’s obvious that he has the background and
experience to help you make your kitchen dreams come true.
Jeff Strong began creating sawdust at a very young age
while helping his father, a master craftsman, build fine furniture.
An accomplished woodworker, Jeff has designed and built countless
pieces of furniture and currently accepts commissions to build his
creations. His woodworking style marries Arts and Crafts,
Southwestern, and Asian influences. Woodworking For Dummies
is his third book.
Table of Contents:
Book I: Planning Your Home Improvement Projects.
Chapter 1: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Chapter 2: Gearing Up for Your Home Improvement Adventures.
Chapter 3: Safety and Preparedness.
Chapter 4: Working with (and within) a Budget.
Book II: Basic Home Maintenance and Improvement.
Chapter 1: Making Inside Repairs and Improvements.
Chapter 2: Windows Don’t Have to Be a Pane.
Chapter 3: Doors: An Open-and-Shut Case.
Chapter 4: Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Systems.
Chapter 5: Attending to Appliances.
Chapter 6: Foundation Fundamentals.
Chapter 7: Roofing and Siding.
Chapter 8: Light Up Your Life with Electrical Repairs and
Book III: Painting and Wallpapering.
Chapter 1: Planning Your Project.
Chapter 2: Preparing Surfaces for Painting.
Chapter 3: Painting, Finishing, and Cleaning Up.
Chapter 4: Wallpapering Basics.
Chapter 5: Preparing Surfaces for Wallpapering.
Chapter 6: Hanging Wallpaper.
Book IV: Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling.
Chapter 1: An Overview of the Remodeling Process.
Chapter 2: Installing Cabinets.
Chapter 3: Installing Countertops and Sinks.
Chapter 4: Fridges, Ranges, Disposals, and More: Installing
Chapter 5: Go Flush! Selecting and Installing a Toilet.
Chapter 6: Rub a Dub Dub! Replacing a Tub.
Chapter 7: Showered with Possibilities.
Chapter 8: Bowled Over: Basins, Vanities, Medicine Cabinets,
Book V: Carpentry, Woodworking, and Flooring.
Chapter 1: Flooring: Keeping a Leg Up on Foot Traffic.
Chapter 2: Using Adhesives and Glues in Woodworking.
Chapter 3: Drilling, Driving, and Fastening.
Chapter 4: Understanding the Building Process.
Chapter 5: Finishing Wood.
Book VI: Plumbing.
Chapter 1: The Plumbing Do-It-Yourselfer.
Chapter 2: The Plumbing System in Your Home.
Chapter 3: Materials and Tools.
Chapter 4: Unclogging a Kitchen Sink.
Chapter 5: Unclogging a Tub or Shower Drain.
Chapter 6: Unclogging a Toilet.
Chapter 7: Fixing a Leaky or Run-On Toilet.
Chapter 8: Fixing a Leaky Faucet.
Soft-cover, 720 pages