- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: Collins; 2nd Revised edition edition (29 Oct. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000412894X
- ISBN-13: 978-0004128948
- Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 22.2 x 4.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Complete DIY Manual Paperback – 29 Oct 1993
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“A book that does exactly what it says on the tin.”
- Sarah Vine, The Times
From the Publisher
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived earlier than expected but not a problem. Building regulations may now be out of date but the general information on Diyarbakir still holds true, a good bookPublished 23 days ago by margaret leedham
Excellent for reading up on DIY tips for painting, decorating etc, but dont forget this book was first printed fifteen years ago, bear that in mind when it comes to building regs,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Michael Leigh
This was bought as a Christmas present for out soon to be son in law, my daughter and him have just bought a new house.Published 1 month ago by Lady Ann
It was a gift for a relation and they were very impressed with detail. Overall an excellent buy.Published 2 months ago by denis murphy