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Collins Complete DIY Manual [Hardcover]

Albert Jackson , David Day
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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Book Description

31 Mar 2011

Collins Complete DIY Manual has sold over 3 million copies and is the most comprehensive and authoritative DIY manual ever produced.

For novices, DIY enthusiasts or professionals, this essential book continues to be the most in-depth, up-to-date and user-friendly DIY book on the market, covering everything from decorating and repairs to electricity, plumbing and much more.

This fully updated version features an even more accessible design to help you navigate easily through the info, and thousands of new photographs and illustrations to make sure you get your job done quickly and safely. There have been many changes to regulations in recent years, particularly in electricity (the new Part P legislation and changes to cable colours) – the Manual not only lists but also clearly explains these new regs and helps you work with them.

And as we all become much more conscious of the environmental impact our homes have, new material on energy-saving DIY is essential reading for any householder – saving you money too in the process.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007425953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007425952
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494 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

“For novices and competent DIYers alike, it continues to be the most user-friendly manual for any job from installing a toilet to replacing a tap…A new generation of DIYers may no longer justify space for a weighty book like this on their shelves, but for me at least, it is an essential reference.” – Self Build & Design

About the Author

Albert Jackson is an acclaimed writer on DIY, home improvement and maintenance. He is co-author of many bestselling books, including the Collins Complete DIY Manual, Collins Complete Woodworker’s Manual, Collins Care and Repair of Antiques and the Collins Good Wood series.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY at its best ... 14 Jun 2011
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I bought my first copy of this book/manual over 15 years ago and decided to update it to the newest version and was not disappointed. This manual covers everything that the p/t or serious DIY person needs to know. I have found it especially useful in areas such as wallpapering, electrics, damp/condensation and plumbing. It has saved me thousands of pounds over the years. The book itself has not changed much - in fact it uses some of the original pictures still but the layout is updated as are some of the building regulations and it includes more energy efficient sections and information about energy-efficiency labelling as well as a section on solar heating! It has many useful tips and even a section on tools and what they are for and how to use them correctly. The section on electricity, for example, explains how to measure electricity (Amps x Volts = Watts) which is useful when doing re-wiring or adding to a circuit so that you do not overload it! It even tells you about the "zones" in a bathroom where only certain electrical appliances and cables can be installed - a great way to be prepared for any builders doing any work and making sure that they are being compliant. I cannot over-emphasise how good this book is and would highly recommend it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The first thing I'd like to make clear is that I own an earlier edition of this fantastic book; due to it's phenomenal success it has had several editions, mine is 2001 version.

I have chosen to offer a review of this edition because firstly I have had access to this most recent edition and can confirm that there are very few differences of note, a few changes in building/electrical regulations and some aesthetic improvements; and secondly there is more chance of my review being of some use to a prospecive buyer if it is alongside this most recent version.

I will start my review by making a few things clear.

Firstly this book has encouraged me to learn more about, and taught me more about, DIY than anything or anyone in my life.

Secondly, even though I have many books with a great deal being used regularly, no book I own (or have owned) has ever had as much use or suffered as much abuse as this one.

Thirdly, this book has saved me so much money that it has paid for itself literally dozens if not hundreds of times over.

Finally.......... I absolutely love this book!

Lets start with the basics, it's a big book; 552 pages, hardback, heavy and solidly bound (as it will probably need to be!).

The book is basically broken down into the key areas of construction and DIY, for example plumbing, electrics, carpentary, decorating etc; and the key areas of the home, such as living spaces, bathrooms, kitchens, gardens etc.

The book guides the user from the foundation stage up and literally offers the fundamental techniques to build a house from the planning stage (obviously some additional advice and help may be required!).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins complete DIY manual 25 April 2011
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Very good and up to date. Clear explanations are suitable for those with no or extensive DIY experience. It would be excellent if people (particularly some landlords!) read this before starting their own DIY work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every homeowner! 5 Dec 2013
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Thinking about hotel rooms where there is usually a copy of the Gideons New Testament - this book is a MUST for every home!

It is a really well laid out book, covering EVERY DIY job in the house that you will ever come across. Perfect present for someone buying their first home. Hope my video review was useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HANDYMAN'S BIBLE 14 Feb 2013
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The best DIY Book ever, and I've had a few over the last 50 years. The most explicit yet about everything to do yourself.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger than it looks 6 Jan 2012
I got a suprised when I opened the Amazon package for this book - I thought this would be a smallish paperback with black-and-white diagrams. Scroll back up and look at the description! 550 pages, hardback, packed with colour diagrams. There seems to be topic after topic on all kinds of subjects I would not have expected, from complying with building regulations to pest control to soundproofing. This book is excellent value for money!

*cough* Yet to fix anything though ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive compendium 10 Aug 2013
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My backgrond is technical (I'm an engineer) but I have a limited amount of DIY experience. Faced with the prospect of maintaining a house, I wanted to learn more about DIY.

I was a little hesitant about buying a DIY book as I thought I'd just find everything I need online. True, there are many good discussion boards on DIY topics. However, I find that a comprehensive manual is an excellent starting point. Unless you know exactly what you're looking for, searching the web is difficult. And if you don't know very much about the subject, it's hard to assess the quality of online advice.

So I went ahead and bought the Collins guide. When it arrived, I was surprised at the heft of the book. It's larger and heavier than I expected. Printing quality is very good and it's printed in colour throughout. It's filled with a mixture of drawn illustrations and photographs, and both are of excellent quality.

The book is clearly laid out and structured, with plenty of subheadings helpfully printed on page margins. It's very easy to find what you are looking for. The instructions are generally very easy to follow. Compared to, say, a Haynes car service manual, the high quality printing makes it easy to tell exactly what you are looking at.

That said, I would probably not use this as my only source of information. An all-in-one guide is great as a good starting point. However, I tend to cross-check any advise against other sources. This is how I like to use the book: find out the basics about a topic; then, as you know the basics and the vocabulary, go online to confirm the advise and find other opinions. Used like this, it's a fantastic starting point for any DIY project, both as a complete guide for novices and as a reference work for experienced DIYers.
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covers practically everything you would need and is clear and concise.
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if you nothing about DIY and want to get upto speed with the lingo and what you can do this book is amazing - got all the details, very good pictures and descriptions which means... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars A vital book for anyone interested in maintaing their home.
Having owned a previously published copy of this manual (1996) I sought to obtain an update.

This version is like the other, very well written, well laid out and easy to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NMR
3.0 out of 5 stars gift
Bought as a gift, had a flick through myself and it seemed to be the ideal book to keep on the shelf. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better DIY manuals
While its very had to compare DIY manuals, having owned 3 or 4 this is the best.

Other people I have lent it to have also said how good it was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Birolli
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for the New Husband
I bought this for my son-in-law and he has already fitted a burglar alarm, hung pictures and put up shelves, so i am assuming its very good!
Published 2 months ago by Bluenose
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book.
I know that most solutions can be found online but sometimes it's nice to have a book to refer to, instead of having to lug the laptop into awkward places. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lankylil
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