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DIY (2nd edition): Know-how with show-how [Hardcover]

Julian Cassell , Peter Parham
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Book Description

2 Mar 2009

New edition of the DIY manual you can't afford to be without - expert know-how with step-by-step show-how for success every time!

Whether you need to do a quick fix or a large DIY project, find out how to tackle any DIY task with confidence following this revised and updated step-by-step guide.

From fitting a shower cubicle to applying different painting techniques, the simple, clear, un-intimidating instructions ensure even hard jobs are made easy whatever your level of ability.

Every step is presented sequentially and photographically, breaking down each stage of a DIY job, from choosing tools to performing tasks to simple fixes for common problems. A helpful overview keeps you on track by showing you the entire sequence of events from start to finish. Plus, new eco-friendly options will help you DIY the green way.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Mar 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405337079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405337076
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 22.6 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantastic DIY bible with full-colour, step-by-step instructions taking you through everything from replacing a sink to fitting a kitchen. (Ideal Home)

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Julian Cassell and Peter Parham are the authors of titles covering all aspects of DIY, selling over one million copies worldwide. Professional decorators, these award-winning authors offer technical know-how combined with an innovative approach to DIY.

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Customer Reviews

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Having just bought my first house I knew that the time was going to come when i needed a DIY book. I saw this book purely by mistake through a work book club and was instantly impressed with how laid out it was. It seemed to cover everything around the home from strucutre of the modern house to building walls, floors, repairing wood, painting, fitting and even how to make your house more energy and heat efficient.

Well for me this answered everything I was looking for, well sized pictures and good descriptions to help me (someone with very basic DIY knowledge). It seemed like the book was showing trade secrets that you could do yourself instead of paying someone to do. (dependant on how well you pull it off)

One thing that did amuse me in all the book covered was even how to replace cupboard handles, so it really is written for beginner upwards and goes into quite extensive projects that I perhaps would not try at my level of experience, eg building a new ceiling. But who knows, start off small and work up. Well worth the purchase.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY; Know-how with Show-how 24 April 2006
At last an up to date and easy to follow DIY book - not just pages of text - there are photos showing you how to do different projects around the home with simple explanations. I found this book really helpful.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpfull book 20 April 2006
This is the first book that has realy covered all the bases. Up to date information with loads of really clear photos and easy to follow steps. It's really has given me the confidence to tackle some of the jobs around the house.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this book 14 April 2006
By Matt
Great book! You can see them doing the job from beginning to end, there's a photo of everything. The book looks really good, really modern design. It makes you want to do more DIY!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 8 Jan 2008
I thought I was quite a handy man around my home and managed to renovate a terraced house recently, to a hopefully quite high standard. I thought the last thing I needed this christmas was another DIY book, but decided to give it a read anyway. I can honestly say that I have learned as much again from this book as I learned through my own endevours before.

I have had a couple of 'eureka' moments, realising how even a simple task should be done correctly, rather than just hoping for the best.

The photos are so clear, that I would now attempt previously scary tasks such as laying a (small) carpet, hanging doors, and the holy grail - plastering!

This book will pay for itself a hundred times over and is highly reccomended (from someone who already owns 3 other DIY manuals!!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but parhaps too simple 14 Feb 2014
By Jon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very well made, nice illustrations and easy to follow instructions. However, as a real handy guide I think it fails. Can perhaps give inspiration, but does not help you in any real problems, unless you want to build a wall. One example which I find odd, is that it does not really inform about measurements like how thick something (e.g. insulation) are recommended. This is something I in particular often doubt and was hoping for some help from this book..

Anyways, it is okay but fails in details and therefore in practicality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 25 Dec 2011
The book was delivered early and packaged very well. In review of this book from a novices prospective it is ideal, the explanations were really precise and worded so that anyone could understand the processes. The graphical (pictures) showed exactly what was needed and hoe it was to happen, all in all, it is a great book for everybody interested in DIY.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This is full of photos and illustrations and I found easy to follow advice. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by W L WANG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Useful.
Very useful and informative. Can turn any DIY enthusiast into a competent handy man! Covers lots of topics and projects in simple terms. A must for DIYers and professional alike!
Published 1 month ago by Ellinio
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I brought this book for my son-in-law and it is very clear and concise both for the novice DIYer and the more experienced.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Malvenia A Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know
Easy to understand, follow and learn from. Anything that is required from minor touch ups, to big projects, this book covers all the bases from tool selection through to the end... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shayne Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential woman's guide to DIY!
My brother gave me a tool set for Christmas (an obvious hint, I think!) so I bought this for myself. I have opened it but not had occasion to use it yet. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Guess Who
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY
Great book. Bought it for a couple of friends and they use it all the time when they have the time to do their own DIY. Really good book with easy to use instructions. Thank you.
Published 17 months ago by C.Durkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book! Recommend it anytime. A handy book for yourself or an excellent gift for someone. Good illustrations and explanations.
Published 19 months ago by Claudine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very clear
I have just bought this book for my son and his girlfriend as they have just bought their first house. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by StuartDM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good addition to the DIY'ers bookshelf. Very well presented
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by R. J. Hobby
5.0 out of 5 stars This WILL save you money
I always thought DIY was best avoided and that home improvement / repairs would remain a mystery.

I saw a friend's one night and thought I need to one of these. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Mr. G. Manning
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