Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair (4th by Editors of Cool Springs Press

By Editors of Cool Springs Press

How to do your entire own residence maintenance with this accomplished, visible guidebook!When anything breaks at your residence, discovering and hiring a pricey repairman shouldn't be the best choice for householders. subsequent time your tap springs a leak or that bed room doorknob punches a gap on your drywall, repair it your self with support from the full photograph consultant to domestic fix: a one-volume encyclopedia of homemade fixes that may prevent funds, time, and frustration. With 350 initiatives delivering transparent directions and over 2,000 images to steer you thru universal upkeep, the whole picture consultant to domestic fix is your one-stop DIY manual.

Formatted in a compact measurement and organized by way of common material, this finished e-book contains instructions for repairing the first difficulty spots: plumbing, wiring, home windows and doorways, ground, furnaces, water warmers, wall coverings, and extra. You'll locate lists of precious instruments in addition to specialist tips.

A few of the maintenance coated include:

-Repairing water broken partitions and ceilings
-Removing wall and ceiling surfaces
-Installing access doors
-Repairing gutters
-Staining siding
-Replacing a water heater
-Quieting noisy pipes
-Replacing a toilet
-Troubleshooting domestic wiring
Home codes swap usually; that's why this fourth variation of the full picture consultant to domestic fix has been scrupulously up to date to comply to the newest guidance for plumbing, wiring, and structural and mechanical structures. No different guide of domestic maintenance could make the sort of declare. for those who turn open this publication, you're getting the main up to date recommendation on hand.

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Consult a professional for their removal. 34 ■ THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO HOME REPAIR Tools & Materials ▸ Carpenter’s square Utility knife Putty knife Heat gun J-roller Notched trowel Marker Masking tape Scrap of matching flooring Mineral spirits Floor covering adhesive Wax paper Liquid seam sealer Flooring scraper Vacuum Lacquer thinner Soft cloth Eye and ear protection Work gloves ■ How to Patch Sheet Vinyl 1 Measure the width and length of the damaged area. Place the new flooring remnant on a surface you don’t mind making some cuts on—like a scrap of plywood.

Using the sprinkling can or acid-tolerant pump spray unit, evenly apply the diluted acid solution over the concrete floor. Do not allow acid solution to dry at any time during the etching and cleaning process. Etch small areas at a time, 10 × 10 ft. or smaller. If there is a slope, begin on the low side of the slope and work upward. 7 When the fizzing stops, the acid has finished reacting with the alkaline concrete surface. Neutralize any remaining acid by adding a gallon of water to a 5-gallon bucket and then stirring in an alkaline-base neutralizer (options include 1 cup ammonia, 4 cups gardener’s lime, a full box of baking soda, or 4 oz.

Another common problem, addressed on the opposite page, is carpet seams or edges that have come loose. You can rent the tools necessary for fixing this problem. Tools & Materials ▸ Cookie-cutter tool Knee kicker 4" wallboard knife Utility knife Seam iron Replacement carpeting Painter’s tape Phillips screwdriver Double-face carpet tape Seam adhesive Heat-activated seam tape Boards Weights ■ How to Repair Spot Damage 1 Remove extensive damage or stains with a “cookie-cutter” tool, available at carpeting stores.

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