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.
The Book of Home How-To
All the Do-It-Yourself information you need for your home repairs: easy to search through, even easier to use.
Build Your Own Custom Closet
There's almost nothing in the modern home that can delight us more than an intelligently organized, nicely featured closet-a place where things are organized in pleasing geometry, here we can find and retrieve that perfect tie or that just-right sweater, instantly. And there's nothing more disheartening and irritating than that murky closet from the netherworld, where boxes tumble down on our heads whenever the door opens, where the sheer clutter makes it impossible to identify what's inside, much less retrieve the item you need. Consumer desperation is why entire companies have sprung up devoted to closet organizing-it's the reason homeowners sometimes spend literally thousands of dollars to have a custom closet organizer designed and installed.
Or, they can buy this book and do it themselves for a fraction of the cost. Today, virtually all the materials and hardware used by custom closet fabricators is available to consumers on the racks of home centers and hardware stores. Build Your Own Custom Closet is the first book to show consumers all the inside tips on designing a custom closet, and how to install it using materials they can buy themselves. This is the book that will lift readers from closet purgatory into the heaven of the well-organized closet-without selling their souls.
Codes for Homeowners
A graphic, highly user-friendly guide to national codes for residential construction. Codes for Homeowners uses clear photographs to show exactly how the parts of your house are supposed to look once the work is done. Written by International Residential Codes-certified home inspector Bruce Barker, this second edition of Codes for Homeowners is current with most national codes in force for the period of 2012 through 2014. Based on his decades of experience, Inspector Bruce has winnowed down the massive heap of codes in force to only those that a single-family homeowner is likely to encounter. Building codes, electrical codes, plumbing codes and mechanical (HVAC) codes are shown and described in everyday language. The 2nd edition includes all of the great information in the first version but is updated to reflect any changes in the codes in force, including the National Electrical Code, the Universal Plumbing Code and the International Residential Code.
Complete Guide to a Better Lawn
At heart, almost every homeowner would love to have a better lawn-greener, denser, healthier. This book is an up-to-date, environmentally responsible approach to lawn care with mainstream appeal. It focuses on dozens of common lawn problems, offering detailed solutions to each one. An ideal reference for busy homeowners who want better grass quickly and easily.
Complete Guide to a Clutter-Free Home
After an insightful section on removing clutter, Schmidt ("Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds") presents strategies on letting go and organizing personal materials. Projects move from room to room throughout an entire house. Although some projects are expected, space-creating gems include a tall built-in medicine cabinet and sliding pantry drawers. All projects are paired with helpful instructions and illustrations. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Finding adequate storage space is an ongoing battle in every household. The Complete Guide to a Clutter-Free Home provides inspired answers and dozens of step-by-step projects that offer creative solutions to common storage challenges. From understairs shelving to full-height medicine cabinets to laundry rooms and lumber racks, this book shows you how to find hidden storage space around your home and how to put it to use efficiently. It is an up-to-date guide to modern storage products and systems that effectively combat the ages-old problem of storage.
Complete Guide to Bathrooms
This best-selling bathroom remodeling book features practical, achievable bathroom improvements and upgrades shown with clear color step-by-step photos. From replacing surfaces and fixtures to installing plumbing and making easy decorative improvements,Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms shows you how to save thousands of dollars by doing the job yourself. Packed with well-chosen projects and on-trend materials, this book has everything you need to serve as a guide for creating a smart, attractive (and maybe a lit luxurious) bathroom. As a bonus, you'll also get a direct computer link to an original series of step-by-step bathroom remodeling videos that you won't find anywhere else on the Internet.
Complete Guide to Built-Ins
Nothing says quality and luxury like a custom built-in storage unit, and no project offers greater satisfaction and cost savings than a DIY built-in project. This detailed DIY book gives complete illustrated instructions for dozens of must-have built-in projects, including window seats, home theater units, buffed cabinets, and bathroom storage units.
Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds
Sheds and other landscape shelters have never been out of style, but they are now seeing a remarkable surge in popularity, and are being used in creative new ways. The common garden shed is now just as likely to serve as a workshop for an artist to pursue his or her hobby; or may be used as a writer?s retreat; or may even be equipped with a satellite dish, high definition television, recliners, and used as a meeting spot for Sunday afternoon football parties. In many parts of the country, spacious sheds are being fully appointed with furnishings and used as detached rooms for everyday living or as backyard offices.
This book offers readers fuel for their aspirations but also provides practical information for planning and building sheds of all types. Although the basics of stick-building are covered, the book focuses more on the most common consumer option: ordering and buying a kit shed, working from blueprint plans, and customizing the shed to individual needs.
Features a planning and design section to help readers create unique shed projects
General technique chapter provides an in-depth overview of each step in shed construction
Includes easy-to-follow plans and directions for 12 sheds covering all design options
Bonus appendix includes a dozen advanced shed plans that can be special-ordered
More than three times as many complete plans than any other sheds book
Complete Guide to Custom Shelves & Built-Ins
Luxury Built In to Every Project
Today's homeowners seek the upscale, premium home styling offered by custom built-in shelving, storage units and cabinetry. Window seats, loft beds, library walls, pub bars and kitchen banquettes are just some of the features found in luxury homes.
And these luxury features are now possible for do-it-yourselfers, with the help of this innovative book. The Complete Guide to Custom Shelves & Built-ins shows readers how to achieve the finest built-ins by adapting stock cabinets and pre-made shelving to create amazing effects with only the most basic of carpentry skills. Other projects are based on traditional and classic cabinet-making methods.
With more than 30 ingenious step-by-step projects, this book will help any homeowners achieve custom built-ins that add function and style to any home decor.
Features easy-to-achieve built-ins made from stock cabinetryuno expert carpentry skills needed
Includes built-ins for every space in the home -- from garage to formal living room
Includes a chapter on cabinet basics, including installation
Complete Guide to Decks
America's best-selling deck book-better than ever
In this revised and expanded fourth edition of the all-time bestselling book on decks, homeowners learn, in unsurpassed detail, the process of designing, building, and maintaining a deck. Not only are all the classic deck-building techniques included, but the book also shows how to incorporate the latest contemporary options, such as how to work with eco-friendly wood and reclaimed plastic. Hiring a contractor to build a deck easily adds up to tens of thousands of dollars, but with the help of this book, readers can design and build the deck they want without the high price.
For homeowners who already have a deck but are in the market to update or maintain that deck, The Complete Guide to Decks features important projects for repairs, upgrades, and major additions, such as adding full electrical service, lighting, and kitchen appliances. From design to construction, and tools, material, and planning, this is the only book consumers need to build the deck of their dreams.
Complete Guide to Decorating With Ceramic Tile
The ceramic tile renaissance continues, and in this major revision of America's best-selling DIY tile book, all the newest designs and installation innovations are included. It's traditional with a twist. Now expanded to 272 pages, this book includes all of the basics and traditional techniques as well as new projects for revamping tile walls with designer accent tiles, dressing up existing drab surfaces with fresh decorative tile, creating wall art with mosaic tiles, designing with large or three-dimensional tiles, using tile to add an artistic element to any room, and working with specialty tile-to enhance both outdoor and interior living spaces. This book shares all of the designer trends and prized secrets to allow readers to customize their homes with style.
Ceramic tile is the luxury surface of choice for today's homeowners, and Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decorating with Ceramic Tile is the only book they'll need to achieve professional-level designer tile installations while saving thousands of dollars.
The book includes more than 700 gorgeous color photos, more than 100 new to this edition. America's best-selling book on do-it-yourself ceramic tile installation just got even better.
Working with glass and Italian accent tiles
Includes marble, granite and other natural stone tiles
Includes decorative uses as well as traditional applications
Complete Guide to DIY Projects for Luxurious Living
Luxury you can afford!
A custom wine cellar with bistro seating; an elegant den with built-in library walls; an electric steam-room in the master bath; a billiards room with a fun, retro wet bar; a custom closet as big as a bedroomahomeowners dream of the special features that set a home apart and make it extraordinary. Much of the time, though, dreams of luxury go unfulfilled because the pocketbook is out of sync with aspirations. But in Black & Decker« The Complete Guide to DIY Projects for Luxurious Living, readers discover the bridge over the gap between dreams and reality -- their own labor.
This book is a collection of high-end home improvement projects to give homeowners the satisfaction and pride of having features normally found only in luxury, designer homes. At a fraction of the cost, any homeowner can create the kind of features that friends and neighbors will envy, along with the satisfaction of achieving this through their own skills.
Complete directions for more than 30 ogotta haveo projects
More than 600 color photos showing each process step-by-step
Features unusual, designer projects not found in other DIY books
Complete Guide to Finishing Walls & Ceilings
Finishing walls and ceilings once meant nailing up some wallboard and slapping on paint or wallpaper. No more. Today's do-it-yourself can create dozens of different and exciting wall and ceiling finishes using materials now available at any home improvement center. Even basic wallboard installation is a new game, with curved walls, arches, and elaborate special effects easily achieved with innovative products aimed at the homeowner. Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Finishing Walls & Ceilings gives all the information needed to give walls and ceilings designer finishes.
Complete Guide to Garages
This is a dual-purpose, two-in-one book that opens with a strong inspiration section of ideas for garage organization and use, then adds a fully developed how-to section that includes a range of step-by-step projects, ranging from the installation of basic shelving and storage features, to complete follow-along sequences showing the construction of three different garage styles from the ground up.
Complete Guide to Garden Walls & Fences
Whether it is for aesthetics, security, or simple privacy, no project is more important to a landscape than its vertical boundary structures-the fences, walls, screens, and retaining wall terraces. This book includes classic favorites, like picket fences and panel fences, but also includes interesting regional variations, like Virginia split rail fences and dry-fit stone garden walls. Also included here are the latest materials, such as new variations on PVC vinyl and polymer-coated, wrought-iron look-alikes. And special attention is given to decorative boundary walls for patios-the latest trend in today's cutting-edge landscape architecture. Add in major hardscape retaining wall terraces, and even an invisible electronic dog-fence project, and you have the most complete and modern book on fences and garden walls available.
Complete Guide to Gazebos & Arbors
The most complete book on gazebos and arbors you can buy.
The Complete Guide to Gazebos & Arbors shows basic techniques for building sheltering structures in the landscape, and provides complete project plans and directions for more than 12 versatile, flexible architectural projects. An overhead arbor can turn a patio or deck into a cool oasis from which to enjoy a landscape, while a gazebo can serve as a full-fledged outdoor room with protective walls, ceilings, and even electrical service. Every reader will find this book to be an indispensable source of planning, design, and practical how-to information.
Complete Guide to Greenhouses & Garden Projects
One of the hottest consumer trends is the new importance on outdoor living, and nothing brings the outdoor home to life like a greenhouse and other accessories to help grow and nurture landscape greenery. This book has plans and step by step for constructing and appointing greenhouses of several varieties, from glass-wall to hoophouse; some from kits, some from scratch; also includes plans and steps for other garden structures and accessories. Includes projects suitable to homes and landscapes of all types-urban, suburban, and rural.
Complete Guide to Kitchens
At the heart of any home is the kitchen, and this has never been so true as it is today. In response to uncertain economic times and global unrest, consumers are investing in their homes like never before, and kitchen remodeling is at the center of this unprecedented DIY activity.
While a new kitchen clearly adds equity value to a home, the benefits to quality of life are almost beyond measure. A well-planned, well-installed kitchen becomes the focal point of family life and social activity, the home's center of physical and emotional well-being. The Complete Guide to Kitchens is the one book you absolutely need to plan and remodeling a kitchen, whether this entails a light cosmetic facelift or major structural renovation. No other book presents this important subject in such full detail.
This book includes a comprehensive idea section to provide inspiration, and an extended planning and design section to show do-it-yourselfers the latest theories of kitchen layout. Next, there is an ingenious chapter featuring quick fixes-solutions that can radically improve a kitchen without the major expense of a full-scale remodeling job.
The heart of the book, as in the entire series of best-selling Complete Guides, is detailed step-by-step how-to information on virtually any project you might attempt. In addition, the book includes detailed information on making a kitchen accessible to users with limited physical abilities.
The Complete Guide series from the editors of Creative Publishing international is America's best-selling and most comprehensive line of home improvement books.
Complete Guide to Landscape Projects
The Complete Guide to Landscape Projects is a hardworking, comprehensive manual for renovating, building, and "greening up" your landscape. Inside you'll find complete directions for time-tested landscape building projects as well as new environmentally sustainable projects. From designing your landscape to putting the finishing touches on an arbor or custom gate, everything you need for landscaping success is right here. Learn how to make and install: compost bins, water management systems, dry beds, rain gardens, efficient irrigation, soil management programs, permeable patios & walkways, reclaimed fences, and more. You can build a sustainable, low-cost yard with the most efficient, cost-effective methods and products with the help of this book.
Complete Guide to Masonry & Stonework
No projects offer more aesthetic or financial satisfaction than DIY masonry and stonework projects. Homeowners can routinely save thousands of dollars in labor costs by buying and installing materials that are now readily available for routine purchase. This book includes traditional techniques for laying concrete adapted to the special needs of ordinary homeowners, but also features cutting edge materials and techniques, such as tumbled concrete pavers, acid-etching for colored concrete slabs, and important green paving options, such as rain-garden arroyos and permeable pavers. Several cutting edge projects are included, such as polished concrete countertops and stamped concrete walkways.
Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry
Outdoor carpentry projects using cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are perfect for DIYers of all skill levels, since the materials are easy to work with, and the results are rewarding. This book features more than 50 projects that easily can be built in a weekend with ordinary power hand tools and materials available at any local home center or hardware store. Each project has complete construction plans and directions for foolproof results.
Complete Guide to Patios & Walkways
This book offers readers the most popular patio and walkway designs complete with step-by-step, full-color photo instructions. The projects are affordable yet on-trend and highly valuable, as they increase house value and living space. With hundreds of styles of brick and stone now available, it's never been easier to build a dream patio-saving thousands of dollars in the process.
Complete Guide to Plumbing
Everything you need to know about plumbing. Everything.
Fresher and more complete than ever, this edition includes new material and revised information and is completely current with the 2006 Universal Plumbing Code. From basic repairs to advanced renovations, this is the only plumbing reference book a homeowner needs. And now, for the first time, Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Plumbing includes a comprehensive section on working with gas pipe. No other big book of plumbing for DIYers covers this important subject.
Also new to this 4th edition is expansive coverage of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), the bendable supply tubing that's taking over a major portion of the DIY market. And with the current popularity of outdoor kitchens, we've expanded our coverage of outdoor plumbing as well. Now, we'll show you every step of the process to supply and drain an outdoor sink.
Complete Guide to Roofing Siding & Trim
The single worst enemy to any home is the weather. Even tiny breaches in a home's exterior can lead to thousands of dollars in damage if water invades walls and ceilings. To protect families and guard investments, this book provides all the information homeowners need in order to maintain, repair, and install all types of roofing, siding, and trim. Roofing and siding installations professionals will also find this to be an indispensable source of state-of-the art information.
The Complete Guide To Roofing, Siding & Trim covers all traditional materials, from traditional wood lap siding, brick, concrete block, stucco, stone veneer and wooden shakes, to vinyl, raised metal roofing, and cementitious sidings. Important new tends in materials, like EPDM, architectural, fully bonded selvedge edge and pyramid shingles, are also discussed. In addition to complete installation information, the book includes comprehensive methods for repairing problems with existing surfaces, as well as routine finishing and refinishing information.
Complete Guide to Wiring - Updated 6th Edition
The best Do It Yourself wiring book on the market . . . six times over.
Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Wiring has led the pack as the United States' best-selling consumer wiring book for more than a decade now, with previous editions selling over one million copies collectively. Simply put, you won't find a more complete and up-to-date book on home wiring: from basic skills--including an overview of electricity and wiring safety; wire, cable, and conduits; boxes and panels; switches; and receptacles--to foolproof circuit maps for 30 common wiring set-ups and step-by-step walkthroughs of every essential home wiring and electrical repair project, this book teaches you everything you need to know. Now in its sixth edition, it has most importantly been updated to comply with 2014-2017 National Electric Codes, but in addition, nearly 1,000 accompanying photos offer up-to-date depictions of modern materials and fixtures. Complete with the most current wiring information available today, and presented in our long-renowned, fully illustrated how-to format, Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring (6th Edition) guarantees you'll never be caught in the dark.
Complete Guide To Wood Storage Projects
Organized, efficient storage is a goal sought by most homeowners, and this book is an indispensable tool for achieving it. With more than 50 step-by-step projects and dozens of ideas for inspiration, homeowners will be able to bring order to the jumble, to tame and civilize the hoards of small and large household items begging for permanent, logical storage. Each project is designed for adaptability and versatility, allowing it to be used for a variety of purposes. Readers will find a broad range of projects, from installing convenient drawer and cabinet accessories, to constructing their own custom cabinets and entertainment centers. Also included is a chapter on framed-in projects, featuring instructions on how to frame and finish a new closet, how to create a closet organizer, and building recessed kneewall shelves. Finally, the new edition includes updated and expanded inspiration pages featuring new materials and additional ideas for efficient storage.
Complete Outdoor Builder- From Arbors to Walkways
Adding beautiful, functional patios and walkways to the yard has never been easier thanks to this book. Over 150 projects and hundreds of instructional photographs combine with informative tips, tricks, and inspiration for the most comprehensive patio and walkway book on the market. From low-cost, curb-appeal walkways to expansive, estate-quality decorative concrete patios complete with outdoor kitchens, this book presents each project with step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs as well as informative tips, tricks, and inspiration. Each project uses the most current materials, tools, common practices, codes, and construction techniques to help readers add value to their homes and allow them to enjoy their outdoor spaces to full potential. Whether an existing patio needs to be freshened up or an unused space in the yard is just waiting to be put to use, this book is a crucial resource for do-it-yourself homeowners.
Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement
This comprehensive bible of remodeling information and projects focuses on the significant projects that help homeowners add real value to their homes while bettering their lifestyles. Unlike other books, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement isn't diluted with basic home repairs, but gives readers foolproof instructions on more than 200 blockbuster home remodeling projects.
Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair
With over 2,000 gorgeous, crystal-clear illustrations, your DIY home repairs have never been more straightforward. And now, in an updated compact size, there's no job site this book can't handle.
What do you do when things break? If you're like most people, you have two options: call a repairman or pay for costly replacements. But if you've ever wished for a third choice, this is your book: a one-volume encyclopedia of do-it-yourself fixes that will save you money, time, and frustration as you become your own home handy-person.
The first three editions of The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair sold more than 600,000 copies. At a price of $35, the 560-page hardcover version was a lot of book for the money. But for some, it was just too big to manage on the job-so we shrunk it. We've kept all the information and all the beautiful full-color photos, but adapted them to a 6.5-by-8.5-inch compact edition that can fit in most toolboxes and live happily on your favorite bookshelf. Initially, the compact edition was available only at large home centers, where it grew so popular that now, for the first time ever, we've decided to make it available to everyone at a reduced bargain price of $24.99. Plumbing, wiring, windows and doors, flooring, furnaces, water heaters, wall coverings . . . if it can be found in or around your house, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair will teach you how to fix it.
Complete Photo Guide to Homeowner Basics
Decker The Complete Photo Guide for New Homeowners indispensable. Filled with easy-to-follow projects for all of the most common repairs and installations homeowners confront, this is the essential guide for readers with little to no do-it-yourself experience.
This book is carefully tailored for the needs of homeowners new to the art of home repair and maintenance. Each section includes an overview of the topic; including information on common tools and materials, overall house systems, and how to evaluate different situations. Then specific projects start with a list of common terms and a photographed list of the tools and materials needed for the project at hand. Detailed, step-by-step photo instructions follow.
Here's How - Ceramic Tile
Here's How...Ceramic Tile offers the 21 ceramic tile projects that offer homeowners the most bang for their home improvement buck. Beginning with the basics of handling tile, adhesives and grout, the book then presents complete, foolproof instructions for a wide variety of versatile tile projects, from basic floor installations, to decorative backsplash and concrete step veneers. Featuring the same top-notch information and world-class photography as The Complete Guide to Decorating with Ceramic Tile, this book offers a streamlined presentation of all the ceramic tile basics, at a price that is unsurpassed. Value-conscious homeowners rarely enjoy this kind of bargain.
Here's How - Painting - 29 Projects with Paint
Full color how-to photography demonstrates some of the most popular interior painting designs today. From start to finish, this book gives the reader information on everything from choosing paint and tools to cleaning up when the project is done. In between, there are 18 different techniques for painting interior rooms and furniture, including sponge painting, mosaics and faux designs.
Here's How - Windows
Offers the basics of window installation and repair with complete how-to steps and full color photography. Features 18 step-by-step projects with a value-priced offering that appeals to today's most practical homeowners.
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