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Complete DIY Manual Paperback – 29 Oct 1993

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  • 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,835 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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.


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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
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 By Emily on 3 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 18 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
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 By B. Harrison on 10 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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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