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". . . readers will count on Popular Mechanics' advice." --Booklist (starred review) For any home repair, big or small, homeowners can turn to this practical and portable reference. Got a squeaky floor or a rattling door? Is your grout a color you don't recognize anymore? From quick fixes like linking broken chains and patching drywall to more involved projects like replacing a fuel line and bleeding your brakes, Popular Mechanics How to Fix Anything is the handy and reliable go-to guide for the most common household problems offering a primer on plumbing, unexpected hacks like using a golf tee to fill a stripped screw hole, instructions for tuning up the garage door, and so much more. Throughout the book Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics' senior home editor, answers questions about the trickiest fix-its, including how to deal with a recurring ceiling cracks or get rid of that stench from the kitchen sink.. And because it's organized room by room, from basement to bathroom to bedroom, it's simple to find the solution you need--so you won't have to hire someone else to do the job.
Traditional Japanese kitchen knives are gaining as high recognition and attention as Japanese food itself. This book covers everything on knives, from Japanese and Chinese to western, from their styles, features, basic knowledge of knives to sharpening stones and techniques all in a single volume. Written in both English and Japanese, this book will appeal to those with a desire to learn about Japanese knives and unique sharpening techniques, or who wish to learn more about the rich culture and tradition to people outside of Japan.
With this book, the handy homeowner goes back to school to learn how to tackle metal working projects and repairs around the house, saving money and guaranteeing good results. From installing and maintaining galvanized metal rain gutters and downspouts, to repairing and augmenting ductwork for hot air heating systems, to cutting and joining iron and copper pipe for plumbing repairs and installations, "Metal Working" will help the handy homeowner tackle many of these tasks himself. Although home metal working is not as widespread as woodworking, many home workshops include metal working equipment. This book will give the reader a basic introduction to metal working tools, skills and techniques. Covering everything from understanding the differences among the various metals and their alloys, to cutting metal with a hacksaw, the reader will learn all the fundamentals of working with metal through to finishing surfaces by grinding, polishing and patinating.
Francis Brennan is known for his impeccable taste and high standards in homemaking, so there's no better man to tell you how to wash your sheets, clean your oven and arrange your cushions. In this book, Francis takes us through the house room by room and offers his advice and unique insights on how to manage your household, while relating hilarious anecdotes from his experiences in the hotel trade. He will inform readers on the practical measures needed to ensure domestic bliss from the kitchen to the bathroom.
As resources dwindle and the price of heating and cooling houses rises, it makes sense to lower energy bills and find ways to conserve water, electricity and money. This easy-to-follow book offers tips, instructions and advice on how to do this. Topics covered include conservation and recycling, how to conserve electricity, using solar energy and enjoying chemical-free gardens.
This book explains the nature of dampness in buildings, how to
diagnose a dampness problem before it gets out of hand and how to
deal with it. It covers the problems of rising dampness and
condensation (and how to distinguish them), which are
For the rural homeowner, this illustrated, easy-to-understand manual covers the basics of a septic tank and drain field, potential problems and solutions, greywater systems, composting toilets, and other alternatives. 125 illustrations. Tables.
After the destructive 60s and 70s when it was fashionable to "modernise" properties by covering over or removing old features, the many home-owners today are now keen to restore their homes to their orginal state, not just to add period, but also to increase the value of their property.;This text is a comprehensive, photographic guide to renovating and maintaining the decorative architectural features of older houses. It functions as both a sourcebook of historical styles and as a practical manual on the care and repair of houses built between the mid-18th century and the outbreak of World War II.;The text includes: external features and roofs - brickwork, stucco, stonework, balconies, gates, railings, decorative woodwork, wooden wall cladding, slate & tiled roofs, shingles, bargeboards, chimneys; interior walls and ceilings - plasterwork, ornamental mouldings, wall tiles, carved woodwork, wall panelling and finishes; floors - flagstones, floorboards, parquet floors, quarry tiles, decorative painting; doors and windows - doorcases and door surrounds, panelled and glazed doors, sash and casement windows, leaded lights, stained and patterned glass, fanlights, shutters, door and window furniture; stairs - wooden staircases, stone steps, balusters, newel posts, handrails; fireplaces - mantelpieces, grates, hearths, stoves, tiled and marble fireplaces.
Features: Brian brings a bright new perspective to the principles of colour, helping consumers to make confident decisions; Unlike other paint books, the process of painting is emphasised; Clever 'Wall Wizard' tips make painting simple and fun. For example, mix 1 gallon of warm water and cup of fabric softener to clean brushes in 10 seconds; Decorative techniques for ragging, sponging, glazing, and using unusual tools for designer effects; Detailed coverage of tools and supplies, including varnishes, stains, and glazes.
'Collins Plumbing and Central Heating' contains the most detailed, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on home plumbing and central heating available.
Whether it's just a case of fixing a leaking tap or, more ambitiously, installing central heating, this book has the information you need to complete the job simply and safely.
• Emergency Repairs
With over 400 colour illustrations and photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions, 'Collins Plumbing and Central Heating' is one book to help you turn your good intention into a job well done!
No matter where you live and whether you rent or own, one day you'll wake up in the morning and something will be broken. This book will come in handy to avoid panic and home repair disasters because a good reference guide is just what you need when there's a geyser in your living room. Count on this manual to tell you what to do or who to call to get the mess fixed.
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