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The Victorian House Manual by Ian Rock
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch!, 22 Oct 2010
This book is really top notch! It is written with humour and flare, qualities that are often absent from these types of books. It is a real no-nonesense approach, well researched, illustrated and explanations are clear and concise. You actually come away with a certain degree of knowledge to give you the info required to make real decisions about that leaky roof, or damp cellar, or dodgy downpipe! I return to this book frequently and have actually put into practise much of it's advice. Highly recommended.
Old House Handbook: A Practical Guide to Care and &hellip by Roger Hunt
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good all rounder!, 22 Oct 2010
This is a reasonably well put together book, covering most of the main areas that you would expect of such a text. It is well illustrated with a good selection of colour photos and the text is well explained in a relatively user friendly way. Like most texts that cover this subject, it is short on the actual DIY facts to enable you to carry out many of the jobs yourself, leaning more on the 'call in the experts' approach, so don't expect to go away from this and crack on with the jobs yourself! It rightly promotes traditional building solutions, so you will come away with a good basic knowledge of the 'craft' of traditional building and repairs, which should go some way in influencing a… Read more
The Eco-house Manual: How to Carry Out Environment&hellip by Nigel Griffiths
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eco Pants!, 7 Oct 2010
This was a real disappointment, given the pedigree of Haynes. It really comes across as a bit of a rush-job, trying to cash in on the eco trend. My previous Haynes read was 'The Victorian House Manual' by Ian Alistar Rock, which is written with flair and humour, both of which are absent from the 'Eco House Manual', which reads like a damp squib in comparison. Most of the info sounds out of date already and could easily be gleened off the internet. The book is very sparse on actual 'how to' remedies, lacks technical information which would be necessary to do the jobs yourself, and frequently ends with the '...go seek expert advice' approach. Lots of images are not labelled or annotated, and… Read more