Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual is YOUR Home Repair Solution (Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Reader's Digest and The Family Handyman, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it 

And now for a book that can help you solve ALL those 'honey-do' jobs that have been waiting for you to finish them!

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“The bestselling, most comprehensive guide to home improvements has been revised and updated once again since it’s last revision in 2005. Over 10 million copies of READER’S DIGEST COMPLETE DO-IT-YOURSELF MANUAL have been sold since it’s original publication in 1973. In 2005, the manual got bigger and better than ever, when The Family Handyman and Reader’s Digest joined forces and completely revised, updated, rewrote, and redesigned this home improvement classic. Now in 2014, The Family Handyman has once again updated and revised this do-it-yourself classic to make it relevant to today’s homeowners and DIYers . . .”

Written in a style of text that addresses readers in a very accessible, conversational tone for easy, user-friendly assistance with every do-it-yourself task. All instructions and materials have been updated to address current codes (electrical, plumbing and building), and revised to indicate the very latest in materials, tools, and technology. Suitable for beginners and experts alike, this newly revised edition includes:
  • Over 3,000 photos and illustrations to make complex projects and repairs easy to understand
  • Twice as many storage projects that help home owners cut clutter.
  • New building materials that yield great-looking, long-lasting results -- and low maintenance!
  • New technology that lets homeowners save energy, add convenience or improve security.
  • New building codes that make homes safer, more energy-efficient and trouble-free.
The book's tried-and-true instructions provide do-it-yourself solutions to a ton of problems that could cost a fortune if you had to hire a professional. This manual is a "must-have" reference guide for every home-owning man or woman.

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I feel like I've grown up with The Family Handyman, as we had a subscription off and on, most of my life! I loved seeing the building projects, and both my parents made use of the repair guides and the cartoon that always had great ideas for organization or home tips! I can remember my parents having one of the first editions of this guide, so I was thrilled to see that the guide had been updated for modern life, but keeping ALL the basics!

As you can see this book has plenty of real time photos and color illustrations to really show HOW to make repairs, or install new items! The instructions are VERY clean- you get told all the tools and items you need, along with handy shortcuts and easier way of making the repairs, or installing modern windows, flooring and cabinets!

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This book is a MUST for EVERY home owner- whether it's a townhouse, condo or single dwelling! The book teaches you the basics about ownership- utility shut offs, alarms, and security, basic design, structure and roof styles and principles. Then it teaches you about hand and power tools, and then it goes into fasteners and adhesives. Once you've finished all of those chapters, you'll feel better educated and ready to tackle any job. Chapters include plumbing, electrical, climate control, landscaping, masonry, Interior and exterior repairs & updates (including painting, wallpaper, windows, flooring, cabinetry, concrete repair, and more), and ever emergency repairs. Also included is furniture repair (!!) and storage projects.

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As you can see this book can take you from purchasing a home and making immediate repairs, and then on to remodeling and updating, and even getting a home ready to resell! It would be the PERFECT housewarming present and would pay for itself on the first repair you make without having to call for service! It is still THE home reference!

About Reader's Digest and the Family Handyman:

The Family Handyman is one of the most respected media brands in home improvement. The magazine celebrates the process and pride of a project well done, and gives consumers the how-to and solutions they need to create the home and lifestyle of their dreams. The brand offers accurate, fully tested content by a staff of experts and former pros. A crew of more than 1,100 reader-volunteer Field Editors contributes to every issue. The Family Handyman content is available in print; in books; online at FamilyHandyman.com and Haven Home Media; via digital download for iPad, Nook, and Zinio; and on  Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and PinterestYou can also connect with Reader’s Digest  for more great books!

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