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DIY Manual (Readers Digest) [Hardcover]

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Book Description

27 Mar 2009 Readers Digest
Packed with inspiring ideas and practical advice on tools and techniques, the "Reader's Digest DIY Manual" is an essential in every household. It contains invaluable advice for anyone fixing, extending, decorating, renovating or building their home. Whether you want to know how to repair a leak, wallpaper a stairwell or lay a patio, it's all here. Each project is laid out with step-by-step instructions and clear photographs, drawings and diagrams. The completely up-to-date text reflects new legislation, including the latest wiring and glazing regulations. This updated edition also includes new material on energy-saving DIY, providing information on assessing and improving your home's energy efficiency rating, government grants available for energy-saving improvements, advice on choosing eco-friendly paints and flooring, installing solar panels and the latest energy and water-saving home appliances.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; Updated ed edition (27 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0276444116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0276444111
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'This is the DIY bible that no home should be without. Thoroughly practical, utterly reliable, and packed with all the information anyone could possibly need, it will pay for itself time and time again.' - New Homes, Wales"

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readers Digest DIY manual 4 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
First let me say that I am an ageing and experienced DIYer. I have used earlier versions of this book for many years and found them useful and reliable. I have plumbed in a complete bathroom twice, rewired a flat and a house and tiled and decorated. I have fitted a kitchen as well as done all the other things like fitting up shelves and so on. The earlier versions of this publication have been of great use to me.

I bought this book in advance of release as I was moving to a new house and I felt that my experience of 1960s and earlier properties would be inadequate to encompass modern building methods. I have to say that I have been disappointed in what this book has to offer. Perhaps nowadays, with all the restrictions on what an unqualified homeowner can do for themselves only an overview is now relevant, but even this seems to be lacking in parts of this book.

I discovered that I had a sealed central heating system. The book says it is very similar to a vented system and gives it a paragraph, it isn't. It is in fact significantly more complicated as I have found by searching the web. There is no mention at all of dab and board construction (dab and dot) despite the considerable problems I had getting fixings in this type of wall, no help was available from the manual. It was as if this type of common modern construction hadn't even been introduced.

The electrical advice, although accurate, is far from comprehensive and misses out so many DIY jobs yet it goes into detail on outside lighting, kitchen and bathroom work, which must now be professionally certified and is therefore hardly worth the trouble of a DIYer who will have to pay as much for certification as they will for the job to be done by a professional in the first place.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Updated, but not comprehensive! 11 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I've used previous editions of this manual extensively, and have recommended it to many friends as a vital DIY reference manual.
I was looking forward to upgrading my copy to the latest, given so many changes in electrical regulations.
The updated electrics section is indeed excellent - even if a large part is academic only with current building regulations requiring qualified electricians to do or check and sign off the work - points wisely clearly discussed by the editors.

All well and good, until I realised that much older material has been rationalised - the sash window maintenance section is heavily reduced - there is no longer anything (apart from a mention) on spiral balance windows. I'm not sure how the editors can justify cutting the real DIY stuff down, for more features on "green things" etc. Surely the core DIY maintenance stuff is the most important feature of the book, and should not be compromised?

A winning formula should probably have just been updated, as opposed to re-written - the old layouts were near perfect.
That said, it's still a good book. Just don't think you can throw away the old editions - they have more in them!

No idea what's on the CD-Rom - not really ideal for DIY - you can't have a computer kicking around a workshop for reference. I must have a look and see if subjects are covered with more depth on it though!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good with reservations 25 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
the sellers delivery date was great, arrived before the due date.....however the accompanying disk was not compatible with Mac so was useless to me. Another gripe regarding this book is the amount of jargon that is used and not explained, this leaves the reader confused and not willing to read further. I would not recommend this book for a novice although it is advertised as such. It was a waste of my menu really.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - does the job brilliantly 2 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
An excellent DIY book - so far it's covered everything I've wanted to do, in depth, but with sufficient simplicity.
Much better than the B&Q book 'You can do it', which I purchased at the same time and which only seems to cover the things that are covered in the instructions that come with whatever you buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, useful guide. 6 Mar 2011
By MattyB
Format:Hardcover
Excellent guide with plenty of illustrations and explanations of seemingly all aspects of each job. I'm a DIY novice but am far more confident following the step-by-step processes. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value 16 Jan 2011
By Vaughan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter is buying her first house in a few weeks time and lives away from home so she needed a good clear comprehensive guide to home maintenance and improvement. This product provided just that. The photos are excellent and descriptions very clear and not too basic. It does cover advanced topics too which is useful for deciding whether you can tackle them yourself or get a professional to do it. The CD rom is a real bonus providing demos of many practical techniques, saving hours of reading. At less than half the shop price and very prompt free delivery during the pre-Xmas rush I was extremely pleased with the service. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Quality 19 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
For the first time DIYer, like my son - very good quality with plenty of guidance
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy book 3 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is my first DIY book, and after reading the reviews I though I'd give it a go and to be fair, I'm glad that I read the reviews as it's a good book. It is packed with lots of diagrams, clear instructions and lots of tips and advice. The only drawback is that some sections are a little complicated and a little prior knowledge would be useful. Would recommend this book to any budding DIYer and tradesman.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Digest what ever can I say
Its the known brand for a reason been around forever no household should be without a copy.

In 2014 this version is now a door stop.
Published 3 months ago by Laurent Vivier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manual
I bought this book for DIY around the house and i love it. So far used it to decorate and fix common problems, without the need of calling out a tradesman. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kawser samad
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader's Digest DIY Manual the bible of the DIY entusiasts..
This 512 page tome is the ideal guide for the man or woman who are involved home repairs and maintenance. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kevin J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Super DIY book to have...
Even though it is not that current... The manual was well worth every penny.
Delivered very quickly and in good condition... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms I M Da Guerra
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Andy!
Got this to replace my old one which fell to bits after years of use. Price of new one way beyond my pension. This was fine. Good copy, well packed and speedy delivery.
Published 15 months ago by David I. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars feed back
An excellent book I gave it to a young man who is trying to make a living doing odd jobs
No problems with any part of this sale
Published 16 months ago by olivia
4.0 out of 5 stars Did it himself
bought this for my hubby, the one he had was really out of date.
This is excellent in showing you how to do things and gives many tips and hints
I gave this 4 stars... Read more
Published 17 months ago by loopylind
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Gift
Brilliant looking book + cd.Bought for son for Xmas as he is buying his first house. Hope he's pleased! Good,fast delivery, and cheaper than the stores.
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by suey
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING MUST HAVE BOOK!!
This book is a must-have for anyone living in their own home and interested in doing some DIY! It is amazing, providing step by step directions on just about every basic DIY... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by busylizzy278
3.0 out of 5 stars good for diy
i was a little shocked to find this book is the same as my old readers digest diy from 1996, in fact there is only 3 diy jobs that different from my 1996 book. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Mr. P. Stocken
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