Black & Decker The Book of Home How-To: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair & Improvement

Black & Decker The Book of Home How-To: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair & Improvement

Language: English

Pages: 600

ISBN: 1591865980

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

All the Do-It-Yourself information you need for your home repairs: easy to search through, even easier to use.

The editors at Cool Springs Press know a thing or two about DIY home improvement and maintenance; we've been writing about it for the past quarter-century, and we have more than a few bestsellers under our tool belts. Until now, there's been one thing missing: an ultimate, fully-loaded, ridiculously overpacked reference book for every home project you can dream of; the compilation of our longstanding expertise; the home how-to book to crush all others. The good news doesn't stop there; Black & Decker The Book of Home How-To is designed to reflect the way we search for information today. You won't find chapters or long, boring introductions or even a table of contents. This book is an A-to-Z encyclopedia with precise how-to instructions and clear photos packed onto every page. With an expanded index that is incredibly intuitive and a simple, alphabetical strategy for organizing the information, you won't spend precious time wading through stuff you don't need to know. Finding first-rate information on home care has never been easier, and all the most common tasks around your home are covered--including electrical, plumbing, flooring, walls, windows and doors, cabinetry, insulating, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, and just about any repair or remodeling project you can imagine.

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will span more than 16", or if your house is subjected to high winds, add nailing strips to provide additional support. Measure the distance between the mounting channels, subtract 1/8", and cut soffits to size. Slide the soffit panels in place, fitting the ends inside the mounting channels. Nail the panels to the nailing strips, if you’ve installed them. Install soffit panels in the remaining spaces, cutting them to fit as needed. When finished, install the fascia (pages 147 to 148). HOW TO

so read the label carefully to make sure the product you buy is suitable for your application and that you have all the materials you need. The product above, for example, is specially formulated for glue-down floors and requires a primer that’s purchased separately. HOW TO INSTALL VINYL PLANK FLOORING Measure the length and width of the room to determine square footage. Measure alcoves, bumpouts, and other areas separately. Add 10% to the total square footage when ordering the floor. While

break, new low-voltage wires must be installed between the transformer and the switches, or between the switches and chime unit. Replacing low-voltage wires is not a difficult job, but it can be time-consuming. You may choose to have an electrician do this work. Tools & Materials Continuity tester Screwdriver Multimeter Needlenose pliers Cotton swab Rubbing alcohol Replacement doorbell switch (if needed) Masking tape Replacement chime unit (if needed) Protective equipment A home

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