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Collins Complete DIY Manual [Hardcover]

Albert Jackson , David Day
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 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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  • 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 (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407 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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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY at its best ... 14 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive compendium 10 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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26 of 27 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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17 of 18 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Should hopefully see me through every DIY job for years! Very well laid out and structured. Easy to read and follow - highly recommended.
Published 3 days ago by Music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyobe should get this book issued at school
Brilliant book. I have learned so many things. Covers everything you would need to know, good for men who need to learn what their fathers already know. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Great book for novices
Published 16 days ago by M. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good for all you DIY questions.
Published 19 days ago by Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 26 days ago by Niki
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DIY Bible
Fantastic book! It features so much in one title that I'll not need to buy another DIY book for a very long time! Highly recommended to anyone wishing to get into DIY.
Published 26 days ago by jaydebruyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and a good starting point.
Excellent reference book
Published 27 days ago by aud
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Help
Gives you the correct way to handle those DIY jobs
Published 29 days ago by ferridge58
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy customer
Good value for money..good delivery service... Easy to order... Happy customer
Published 1 month ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, loads of information will be useful for ...
arrived on time, very well packaged. excellent book, loads of information will be useful for years to come
Published 1 month ago by Miss Sarah Barnes
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