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This hands-on guide will help you prepare for and manage simple home repairs and improvements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph's DIY columnist) and a host of other experts guide you through the trials and tribulations of DIY, helping you to carry out a range of projects - from fixing a leaky tap to hanging wallpaper - safely, cheaply and with minimum disruption. The full-colour drawings illustrate the step-by-step techniques and the lay-flat binding is perfect for on-the-job DIY advice.

DIY For Dummies covers:

PART I - Planning Your Home Improvement Projects
Chapter 1: Gearing Up for Your DIY Adventures
Chapter 2: Being Safe and Prepared
Chapter 3: Working with (And within) a Budget

PART II - Basic Home Maintenance and Improvement
Chapter 1: Repairing Walls and Putting Up Shelves
Chapter 2: Windows Don't Have to Be a Pane
Chapter 3: Doors: An Open-and-Shut Case
Chapter 4: Roofs and Walls
Chapter 5: Dealing with Damp
Chapter 6: Electrical Repairs and Replacements

PART III - Painting and Wallpapering
Chapter 1: Planning Your Painting Project
Chapter 2: Preparing Surfaces for Painting
Chapter 3: Painting, Finishing, and Cleaning Up
Chapter 4: Choosing Wallpaper and Preparing Walls
Chapter 5: Hanging Wallpaper

PART V - Carpentry, Woodworking, and Flooring
Chapter 1: Flooring: Keeping a Leg Up on Foot Traffic
Chapter 2: Drilling, Driving, Fastening, and Gluing
Chapter 3: Understanding the Carpentry Process
Chapter 4: Finishing Wood

PART VI - Plumbing
Chapter 1: The Plumbing System in Your Home
Chapter 2: Heating, Ventilating, and Insulating Your Home
Chapter 3: Plumbing Materials and Tools
Chapter 4: Unblocking a Sink or Bath Drain
Chapter 5: Unblocking and Fixing a Toilet
Chapter 6: Fixing a Dripping Tap

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