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General DIY books
While we try to be comprehensive in what we cover on the diydata.com website, we don't (yet!!) cover everything, so here are a few books of further advice for you - or for presents for others.
Collins Complete DIY Manual has sold over 3 million copies and is the most comprehensive and authoritative DIY manual ever produced. For novices, DIY enthusiasts or professionals, this essential book continues to be the most in-depth, up-to-date and user-friendly DIY book on the market, covering everything from decorating and repairs to electricity, plumbing and much more. This fully updated version features an even more accessible design to help you navigate easily through the info, and thousands of new photographs and illustrations to make sure you get your job done quickly and safely.
There have been many changes to regulations in recent years, particularly in electricity (the new Part P legislation and changes to cable colours) -- the Manual not only lists but also clearly explains these new regs and helps you work with them. And as we all become much more conscious of the environmental impact our homes have, new material on energy-saving DIY is essential reading for any householder -- saving you money too in the process.
The leading manual for home improvements is getting an update to address current codes, latest materials, tools and technology.
The bestselling, most comprehensive guide to home improvements has been revised and updated once again since it's 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.
New edition of the DIY manual you can’t afford to be without – expert know-how with step-by-step show-how for success every time!
Whether you need to do a quick fix or a large DIY project, find out how to tackle any DIY task with confidence following this revised and updated step-by-step guide.
From fitting a shower cubicle to applying different painting techniques, the simple, clear, un-intimidating instructions ensure even hard jobs are made easy whatever your level of ability.
Every step is presented sequentially and photographically, breaking down each stage of a DIY job, from choosing tools to performing tasks to simple fixes for common problems. A helpful overview keeps you on track by showing you the entire sequence of events from start to finish. Plus, new eco-friendly options will help you DIY the green way.
A clear, comprehensive guide to employing a contractor, covering conversions/extensions, double glazing, fitted kitchens and other household projects. Find expert advice on: selecting contractors and getting the right price; overseeing works and knowing when to intervene; legal matters, including planning permission and advice on contracts.