Collins Complete DIY Manual Hardcover – 2 Apr 2001
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The image of the book is a library picture and not the actual item which let me to believe it was a slightly newer version but ithe still contains plenty of information. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This DIY manual has a hard back cover and is a large heavy book. However, this book has been so useful to my husband. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wendy Martin