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.