Homes require ongoing maintenance, repair, and even updating. Whether you need to weatherstrip your windows, replace an electrical outlet, insulate a wall, or fix a leaking pipe, there are numerous books and videos to help you do the job correctly, save yourself money, and learn about how your house works.
Home is what you make it! Being a first-time homeowner comes with great joys, as it also comes with great responsibilities. But don't let that intimidate you! This comprehensive guide will give you confidence and show you everything you need to know to take care of, fix, and customize your home. From painting and wallpapering to plumbing and hanging shelves. Filled with DIY hacks, step-by-step instructions, and helpful tips, photos, and illustrations, you'll learn all the basic skills to get any indoor or outdoor job done without spending a fortune.
Bryan Baeumler has brought his decades of experience to this fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to all of the most common DIY fixes, upgrades, renovations and installations. You'll learn which materials are worth the splurge and which tools are better left at the hardware store, where to cut corners, and where to spend a little extra time.
This is an essential go-to book for every project homeowners encounter, from basic wiring to kitchen renovations. Featuring step-by-step instructions, tried and true advice from leaders in the industry and hundreds of photographs, charts, and sidebars, Home Repair Wisdom & Know-How is a must-have for any homeowner.
Shows how to diagnose common health and safety issues around the home, and gives practical techniques for correcting these potentially dangerous problems. This handbook covers a range of home health and safety issues, including carbon monoxide, radon gas, asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, water contaminants, and accident hazards.
A down-to-earth guide to help readers solve everyday problems using the most basic of tools--hammers, saws, sanders, clamps, and screw guns. The book opens with the basics of setting up a rudimentary home workshop and learning tool basics, then moves into a lavish how-to section featuring more than 50 everyday home carpentry projects that cover just about every possibility. The perfect introductory book on carpentry skills for homeowners.
This comprehensive volume explains what to look for when you shop and provides detailed instructions for making new openings, enlarging existing ones, and replacing windows and doors. You will also find complete instructions for installing skylights. Update your doors and windows for energy efficiency. Add skylights to bring light into dark places. Illustrated do-it-yourself installation instructions.
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How-to instructions for a range of do-it-yourself projects around the house, available in both print and digital formats (some charges may apply for print materials). Search "The Family Handyman" in the library catalogue for access to the monthly magazine as well as numerous books published by the brand.
Veteran home repair DIYer Jeff Patterson provides extensive tutorials and online courses for repair and improvement projects in every room of the house. He also offers a podcast, a regular newsletter, and a huge collection of YouTube videos (see link below) that cover step-by-step instructions for common household fixes, cleaning tips, and tool reviews.
This blog features an extensive collection of step-by-step home repair and building project tutorials written by professional remodellers. The bloggers also regularly post reviews of tools for every kind of job around the house.
The perennially popular home improvement show offers full episodes, instructional articles, and more on their website. Search "This Old House" in the library catalogue for further access to the magazine as well as numerous books and DVDs.