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Collins Complete DIY Manual Hardcover – 2 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins, London; Revised edition edition (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004141016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004141015
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A book that does exactly what it says on the tin.”
- Sarah Vine, The Times

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The most comprehensive and up-to-date DIY guide available
An international bestseller, the Collins Complete DIY Manual has always been the trusted reference for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. Comprehensive and authoritative, it covers all aspects of home improvement with more depth and clarity than any other book on the market. This completely revised and updated edition has been extensively rewritten and features many new photographs and illustrations. It covers all the latest DIY products and techniques, and addresses recent issues such as CCTV installation and underfloor heating.

Whether you need to fix a leaking tap or knock down a wall, paint a ceiling or instal double-glazing, this book provides all the necessary information to get the job done.

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Format: Hardcover
We have just bought our first house - a lovely Victorian terrace. It is structurally sound, but needs a bit of love and attention. Me and my man have absolutely no DIY skills or knowledge what so ever, so thought it best to get a book so we could learn the basics. Having read all the recommendations for this book on Amazon, I bought it and haven't been able to put it down since! This book covers the basic repairs to large structural and construction projects, plumbing, electrics, plastering, gardening as well as interior design ideas and suggestions. The information and help in this book is detailed, comprehensive and easy to follow. I am really looking forward to the weekend so I can get my tool kit out and have a go!! This book gives you the confidence to tackle jobs and projects that you might normally pay someone to do, and more importantly gives you the ability to understand the workings of your home. This is a brilliant book that I would highly recommend to novices and experts alike.
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By Thomas Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Im not an idiot but I do need a lot of guidance with DIY. At times its a very subtle distinction, but it is a real one.
This book recognises that fact, and acts as a very patient tutor, and avoids being too basic to be useful.
There are many many good points about this book, but the one that really makes it for me is the pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. When reading just text I get lost quickly. Pictures keep me on track.
Easily worth double the money.
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Format: Hardcover
A good DIY manual should do two things: it should take you, step by step, through a thousand tasks you're likely to encounter when maintaining or renovating a house and give you both clear instructions and the confidence to undertake them; and it should also enable you to identify those tasks which are beyond your skills and which you'll need a professional to undertake. You'll save money both ways!
This Collins manual is an excellent, heavyweight tome - it's a solid, heavy volume, packed with information, thoroughly well-illustrated, accessible and easy to follow. It'll take you from changing a fuse to replacing a window and beyond. It looks at how houses are built, what can go wrong - brickwork, damp courses, wood, plumbing, electrics, infestations, etc., etc. It won't give you the sorts of skills you might learn doing an apprenticeship, but it will give you the confidence to try the simple things and progress to more difficult ones.
Much DIY is down to confidence and experience. The first shelf I ever put up was a shambles and fell down within twenty minutes, but I was really proud of myself for those 20 minutes and I learned from my mistake. If I'd had the Collins manual to hand, I wouldn't have made the mistake in the first place. You can serve an apprenticeship doing DIY - as you gain in experience, you gain in confidence. You start to do things a little better, a little quicker. You start to get a bit more adventurous - but don't try to replace your roof until you're confident you can replace a plug. Do the simple things first. Build your skills on solid foundations.
And that's what this manual offers.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is really GREAT. I always have it handy and it has helped me in almost everything I've done. As a new house owner (and previous computer engineer) I have managed to do roofs, a terrace, plumbing, walls, electric stuff, windows, floors and just about everything with just the help of this book. It's comprehensive, it's detailed enough, nice step by step instructions and good tips.
I bought the B&B book at the same time and foor a while used and compared both. B&B is also good, but this is the BEST.
Thank you Albert Jackson and David Day.
The only thing, it leans towards stone houses. Living in an old wooden house, I do sometimes need a Finnish book on wooden houses. But rarely, and some basic stuff is still covered in the Collins Manual.
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There is no denying the scope of this book is, to say the least, comprehensive. It covers almost every topic imaginable in DIY from dry lining your basement to capping the chimney and covers it at every range whether you just want to change a fuse or rewire the entire building.

That scope though is both its virtue and its problem. Yes I can pick this up and be fairly confident that it will tell me how to go about building a stud wall but I know that it is also likely to be something of an overview of the subject rattled off in a few paragraphs. Often that is enough. There are a lot of jobs where a grasp of the basics and a willingness to have a go are good enough and if I'm laying new paving slabs I'll read this and go for it. Alternatively there are some jobs where I'd like a little more expertise than this can provide. Yes this book will tell me how to change the main fuse box but I'm not going to do that when it means working on the live side of a 100 amp line! In those cases though at least it lets me know roughly how difficult the job is so that I don't sound like a complete numpty when I call an electrician and ask if they could replace the 'thingummy by the front door with the fuses in it'.

I'd say to anyone that they should buy this book even if you don't ever intend to do the DIY yourself. If you do the DIY this is a good first reference to find out what to do. If it's not comprehensive enough then it will give enough of an overview that you will know what to look for when searching for more detail and if you do get someone else to do the job you've a better chance of knowing if they're doing the right thing.
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