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All home improvements don't require a contractor. Installing a smoke detector, painting a room, and unclogging a sink are all home improvements. In fact, doing the job yourself is often cheaper and always more rewarding. There's no mystery to home repair.

Product Details

6 Apr 1998
Supply Source


Gene Hamilton
Katie Hamilton
Inc. Housenet
John Wiley & Sons Inc
For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
Number of Pages
241 x 197 x 32mm (771g)


Covers painting, wood refinishing, wallpapering, basic carpentry, plumbing, electricity, repairs, improvements, safety, and security


All home improvements don’t require a contractor. Installing a smoke detector, painting a room, and unclogging a sink are all home improvements. In fact, doing the job yourself is often cheaper and always more rewarding. There’s no mystery to home repair. The most important tool you need to make home repairs is know-how—to fix the problem at hand and to buy the other tools and hardware you’ll need!

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
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing and electrical
  • Outside repairs
  • Building shelves
  • Tiling
  • Insulating
Calculate how much a repair will cost you, and know when to hire a pro. With clear illustrations that walk you, step by step, through projects, Home Improvement For Dummies helps you:
  • 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.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
House & Home / Repair
Library Subject 1
Dwellings; Maintenance and repair; Amateurs' manuals.
Library Subject 2
Dwellings; Remodeling; Amateurs' manuals.
Library Subject 3
Interior decoration; Amateurs' manuals.
Academic Subject 1
Home Maintenance And Repair
Dewey Classification

Inside Flap

"The most comprehensive guide available for those of us who are ?home improvement challenged.?"
?Susan Powell, Host of Discovery Channel?s Home Matters

Over 300 step-by-step illustrations show you how

"Gene and Katie Hamilton . . . offer lots of do-it-yourself know-how."
?USA Today

Make your own house calls with this handy guide to home improvement. From fixing leaky faucets and replacing faded wallpaper to installing light fixtures and repairing broken furniture, Home Improvement For Dummies® shows you how to save time, save money, and save your sanity!

Praise for Gene and Katie Hamilton?s HouseNet.com

"For home renovators looking for tips . . . HouseNet is the place to go."

"Voted the best place on the Web for fixing up your home."
?Kiplinger?s Personal Finance Magazine

"Think of . . . Gene and Katie Hamilton as your helpful neighbors."
?Chicago Tribune

Discover how to:

  • Tackle basic home improvement projects
  • Paint, refinish, and wallpaper like a pro
  • Fix or replace all kinds of flooring
  • Maintain and weatherproof windows and doors
  • Troubleshoot plumbing and electrical problems