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Master Basic DIY: Teach Yourself [Paperback]

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Book Description

26 Mar 2010

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Master Basic DIY explains all the basic tasks and gives you all the information you need to undertake essential decorating and maintenance in an informed and sensible manner. It offers insight into complex options and methods, and is full of practical information and indispensable tips to enable you to quickly see the results reflected in your DIY projects.

Master Basic DIY includes:

Part one - The basics

Chapter 1: Tools

Chapter 2: Top ten DIY jobs for homeowners

Chapter 3: Sequence of work

Chapter 4: From foundations to the ground floor slab

Chapter 5: Brickwork and blockwork

Chapter 6: Roofs, roof coverings and loft conversions

Chapter 7: Home electrics

Chapter 8: Plumbing, central heating and drainage

Chapter 9: Plastering, plasterboard and partition walls

Part two - Projects

Chapter 10: Basics

Chapter 11: Outside

Chapter 12: Inside

Chapter 13: Electrical

Chapter 14: Plumbing

Chapter 15: Decorating

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

Not got much time?

One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Test yourself

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge

Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.

Five things to remember

Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

Try this

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Reprint edition (26 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444101196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444101195
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Mike Edwards has been in the building Industry since he left School at 15. He attended Bircham Newton Civil Engineering college where he studied as a quantity surveyor before starting a Building Company in 1976.

The Company ran for 24 years in London, Bracknell Berkshire and finally Somerset where Mike now lives.

In 1990 Mike realised the DIY market was growing quickly and as a hobby started a small website (DIY Doctor) helping home-owners with DIY problems. A great way to market the Building Company!

The website took off very quickly and Mike changed direction looking for a way to earn a living from The DIY Projects section was born and advertisers soon flooded to the pages. Today the website has 13,000 pages and receives over 100,000 users every week.

Mike is quick to point out that DIY is not easy. It is simply building work done by amateurs and safety, research and preparation are the keys to a good job. His book, Master Basic DIY sets out to show enthusiasts how to complete satisfying projects while staying safe.

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"A clear, concise guide to the essentials of DIY" (Informnorth)

"It has become my DIY reference book of choice - good for learning about basic house maintenance as well as more major projects" (S Roberts - Amazon reviewer)

"One of the few books on DIY that is well worth reading as well as keeping for reference" (Alan Wenman - Amazon reviewer)

Book Description

Master Basic DIY will be a concise yet comprehensive introduction to essential maintenance, decoration, furnishings, plumbing and electricity, specifically designed for the new home-owner with no previous experience and only the most basic level of equipment.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent aid for the DIY amateur 18 Aug 2010
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A genuinely valuable document. It is full of information on subjects both large and small and gives advice, not only on how work should be done, but also why and why not it should be carried out in particular ways. I especially like the Insights and Tips stressing brief points, often on safety or expert tricks of the trade. One of the few books on DIY that is well worth reading as well as keeping for reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Basic DIY. Teach Yourself 30 May 2010
This is a comprehensive yet easy to read DIY book that must rate 5 stars for the quality of its content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide 7 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son and his fiancee as they have just bought a house and want to "do things" to it. If he's anything like his dad they will still have a plank lying up the stairs since 1979 waiting to be used for a job in the dining room that is still not done in 2012.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BASIC is the word 19 Nov 2013
By Legin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have done a fair bit of basic DIY work and was therefore looking for a book which would be a reference point for future work projects. However, I found this very basic for my needs. This may be a good starter book for someone with absolutely no DIY knowledge, but if you have basic existing skills, I would suggest to get something a bit more detailed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best 23 Dec 2011
Bought as a gift and a bit of a joke for my daughter's young non-practical boyfriend, but I have to say, on first viewing, it is not very good for a pure beginner. Info is really better for someone who has some confidence in doing bigger jobs than the basic maintenance and repairs.
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