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Collins Complete DIY Manual [Hardcover]

Albert Jackson , David Day
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6 Sep 2004

Collins Complete DIY Manual is an international bestseller and the most comprehensive and authoritative DIY manual ever produced. This new edition has been updated with information on all the latest changes in products, techniques and regulations developed since the last edition (published 2001).

This is an updated version of the long-established home improvement bible and a must-have for anyone interested in maintaining and renovating their home – whether they’re a complete novice, DIY enthusiast or professional.

contents include:

• planning
• decorating
– completely revised with substantial new material
• repairs and maintenance
• home security
• infestation, rot and damp
• insulation and ventilation
• electricity
• plumbing
• heating
• garden projects
– inc. new section on decking
• tools and techniques

This new edition has been substantially rewritten and contains new photographs and illustrations, covering all the latest products, techniques and regulations, including a completely revised chapter on decorating and a new section on garden decking – proving that the Collins Complete DIY Manual continues to be the most in-depth, up-to-date and user-friendly DIY book on the market.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (6 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007185235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007185238
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A book that does exactly what it says on the tin.”
- Sarah Vine, The Times

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The most comprehensive and up-to-date DIY guide available
An international bestseller, the Collins Complete DIY Manual has always been the trusted reference for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. Comprehensive and authoritative, it covers all aspects of home improvement with more depth and clarity than any other book on the market. This completely revised and updated edition has been extensively rewritten and features many new photographs and illustrations. It covers all the latest DIY products and techniques, and addresses recent issues such as CCTV installation and underfloor heating.

Whether you need to fix a leaking tap or knock down a wall, paint a ceiling or instal double-glazing, this book provides all the necessary information to get the job done. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Nov 2002
Im not an idiot but I do need a lot of guidance with DIY. At times its a very subtle distinction, but it is a real one.
This book recognises that fact, and acts as a very patient tutor, and avoids being too basic to be useful.
There are many many good points about this book, but the one that really makes it for me is the pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. When reading just text I get lost quickly. Pictures keep me on track.
Easily worth double the money.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY-tastic! 3 Feb 2004
By Emily
We have just bought our first house - a lovely Victorian terrace. It is structurally sound, but needs a bit of love and attention. Me and my man have absolutely no DIY skills or knowledge what so ever, so thought it best to get a book so we could learn the basics. Having read all the recommendations for this book on Amazon, I bought it and haven't been able to put it down since! This book covers the basic repairs to large structural and construction projects, plumbing, electrics, plastering, gardening as well as interior design ideas and suggestions. The information and help in this book is detailed, comprehensive and easy to follow. I am really looking forward to the weekend so I can get my tool kit out and have a go!! This book gives you the confidence to tackle jobs and projects that you might normally pay someone to do, and more importantly gives you the ability to understand the workings of your home. This is a brilliant book that I would highly recommend to novices and experts alike.
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confidence booster and practical guide 18 Nov 2005
A good DIY manual should do two things: it should take you, step by step, through a thousand tasks you're likely to encounter when maintaining or renovating a house and give you both clear instructions and the confidence to undertake them; and it should also enable you to identify those tasks which are beyond your skills and which you'll need a professional to undertake. You'll save money both ways!
This Collins manual is an excellent, heavyweight tome - it's a solid, heavy volume, packed with information, thoroughly well-illustrated, accessible and easy to follow. It'll take you from changing a fuse to replacing a window and beyond. It looks at how houses are built, what can go wrong - brickwork, damp courses, wood, plumbing, electrics, infestations, etc., etc. It won't give you the sorts of skills you might learn doing an apprenticeship, but it will give you the confidence to try the simple things and progress to more difficult ones.
Much DIY is down to confidence and experience. The first shelf I ever put up was a shambles and fell down within twenty minutes, but I was really proud of myself for those 20 minutes and I learned from my mistake. If I'd had the Collins manual to hand, I wouldn't have made the mistake in the first place. You can serve an apprenticeship doing DIY - as you gain in experience, you gain in confidence. You start to do things a little better, a little quicker. You start to get a bit more adventurous - but don't try to replace your roof until you're confident you can replace a plug. Do the simple things first. Build your skills on solid foundations.
And that's what this manual offers.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is IT !! , Look no further 3 Oct 2005
By A Customer
This book is really GREAT. I always have it handy and it has helped me in almost everything I've done. As a new house owner (and previous computer engineer) I have managed to do roofs, a terrace, plumbing, walls, electric stuff, windows, floors and just about everything with just the help of this book. It's comprehensive, it's detailed enough, nice step by step instructions and good tips.
I bought the B&B book at the same time and foor a while used and compared both. B&B is also good, but this is the BEST.
Thank you Albert Jackson and David Day.
The only thing, it leans towards stone houses. Living in an old wooden house, I do sometimes need a Finnish book on wooden houses. But rarely, and some basic stuff is still covered in the Collins Manual.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DIY Bible ! 11 Sep 2000
By A Customer
I bought this book 7 days ago and already I've installed a new bathroom suite and this weekend I'm fitting a security light. This book will guide 'DIYers' of all standards with clear, precise instructions, backed up with plenty of detailed photographs. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at beginner through to advanced. 10 Aug 2005
We hestitated before buying this book. We're fairly practical people with more than a modicom of inteligence and worried that it might turn out to be too basic for us - after all, we know how to rewire sockets, paint walls and dig a garden pond. We needed a reference book to help us with slightly more complex situations like wiring circuits and structural problems.
We need not have worried. This book tells us just what want to know, in just enough detail and with clear concise pictures so we don't always have to wade through the text.
Beginners will also find it useful - it explains things from the basics but simply goes further than most DIY manuals which seem to consider that "serious jobs" should be carried out professionally.
Highly recommended. Just don't also buy the matching guide to plumbing and wiring - you only need this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book full of detail and clear instructions covering a wide range of DIY
Published 6 days ago by colin
5.0 out of 5 stars I waited a while for the manual and now I ...
I waited a while for the manual and now I know why it was delivered by Yodell and was very heavy. I opened this book I paid 2.81 for and saw an amazingly new book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Beverley D. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value for money
Very good value for money. I recommended to any one from novice to pro. Buy it with confidence will save you from many.
Published 4 months ago by Marius Anton
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Complete Manual
This book was needed as a more up-to-date version.
I was very pleased with the condition of the book considering it was used and would recommend this outlet to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by GJ
4.0 out of 5 stars the book that never arrived
I am not sure how I can resolve this outstanding matter, but the book never arrived.

I was told that it was dispatched but still no book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Pidgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars Got a house? get this book
Handy, useful, informative. Some stuff in it is a bit irrelevant unless you are really doing everything yourself (and if you are chances are you know your stuff and dont need this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C0nsum3r
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Bought three of these books which may seem rather odd but one for my children, who both live away from home and one for my husband. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Grandma T
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know!
bought this for my son, who is owner of an old house.we have the book and it really does cover everything, unfortuantely though took ages in post and I actually bought another one... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jennyhem
5.0 out of 5 stars collins complete diy
this is a really handy book to have on your bookshelf, we have referred to it several times already. an excellent purchase
Published 17 months ago by shirley barfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I had this from new but had got water damaged so this replacement is a great addition to anyone's library collection.
Published 18 months ago by R. Blackburn
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