Encyclopedia of Home Maintenance & Repair

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Want to put and keep your house in tip-top shape, inside and out? Fix the plumbing? Add or maintain electrical fixtures? Upgrade the heat and air-conditioning for better comfort? Repair the roof and mend the exterior wall? Fix a squeaking floor? No matter the task, the more than 600 pages of this fix-it-up encyclopedia provide a wealth of knowledge and photos and drawings that show you how to do everything. Do it yourself, or use the information to judge the value and quality of professional work. Throughout, there's an emphasis on the selection of materials for particular jobs, so you can choose the best ones; on the correct operation of tools; on ways to meet any building codes. Go deep inside the workings of plumbing, including the potable water system, the hot water main, and more. Quickly figure out if you can add to an existing electrical circuit, plus how to replace circuits and repair wiring. Renovate interior walls and ceilings, install home security, improve temperature control, take a furniture workshop, and so much more!

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William Spence was previously a Professor of Construction Engineering Technology at the School of Technology and Applied Science. He has written numerous successful books in his field, including Residential Framing and Woodworking Basics, in addition to magazine articles. Spence has designed homes--and built two of his own.

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Like parenthood, home ownership is a source of both joy and headaches. Something is always going wrong, frequently at the most inopportune moments. Spence, a professor of construction engineering technology and author of several volumes on home design (see reviews above), offers relief in this guide to interior and exterior maintenance and repair. Many potential problems are prevented by proper maintenance, but eventually every homeowner must make repairs or hire someone to help them. Spence's instructions are outstanding, showing exactly what to do (or ask a repairperson to do). The illustrations are black and white but are among the clearest available (the captions are especially informative). This title is among the best on the subject, ranking with the outstanding Reader's Digest New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual, which, although it was published in 1991, should still be retained. Essential for public library collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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