DIY (2nd edition): Know-how with show-how Hardcover – 2 Mar 2009
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Fantastic DIY bible with full-colour, step-by-step instructions taking you through everything from replacing a sink to fitting a kitchen. (Ideal Home)
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Julian Cassell and Peter Parham are the authors of titles covering all aspects of DIY, selling over one million copies worldwide. Professional decorators, these award-winning authors offer technical know-how combined with an innovative approach to DIY.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well for me this answered everything I was looking for, well sized pictures and good descriptions to help me (someone with very basic DIY knowledge). It seemed like the book was showing trade secrets that you could do yourself instead of paying someone ££££ to do. (dependant on how well you pull it off)
One thing that did amuse me in all the book covered was even how to replace cupboard handles, so it really is written for beginner upwards and goes into quite extensive projects that I perhaps would not try at my level of experience, eg building a new ceiling. But who knows, start off small and work up. Well worth the purchase.
I have had a couple of 'eureka' moments, realising how even a simple task should be done correctly, rather than just hoping for the best.
The photos are so clear, that I would now attempt previously scary tasks such as laying a (small) carpet, hanging doors, and the holy grail - plastering!
This book will pay for itself a hundred times over and is highly reccomended (from someone who already owns 3 other DIY manuals!!)
I saw a friend's one night and thought I need to one of these. He is a carpenter by trade and still found it useful.
If you learn how to do 1 thing in this book and either fix or create something from this book then you've instantly saved money and the book has paid for itself.
Here's a few examples of things I've learned and done so far:
- understood basic house electrics
- installed an outside security floodlight (twice at different houses)
- added a 1 gang mains wall socket
- learned how to paint panel interior doors so gloss looks professional
- learned how to decorate a room in the right order
- fixed leaking taps
- fixed a large hole in a stud (plasterboard) wall I accidentally made with my foot
- attaching things to walls (how to use rawplugs / what screws to use)
- replaced locks on a front door, outside gate and patio doors
- installed security bolts on doors
It clearly lays out each section nicely starting with the tools you need for the job, how to build something from scratch to the "problem solver" section which you'll use a lot.
Every room in the house is covered as well as outdoor space eg building decking, building walls, paths etc.
You won;t be disappointed with this book if you know nothing about DIY or have some basic skills and want to take it to the next level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have just bought my first house and this book is absolutely perfect for a budding DIY enthusiast. It explains things clearly and gives me the confidence to have a go myself... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dutchcloggie
A big book with lots of diagrams and picture, well written and designed to suit the everyone from "beginner" to "adept". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Morpheus Memnoch
I bought this as a Christmas present so was extremely disappointed when I opened it, thinking I had bought a new book, only to discover that it had originally been a library book... Read morePublished 6 months ago by shade
A brilliant book that I have used for years. I bought this for my brother as a present which he loves. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Phil D
A good know how guide (I bought for my husband who said it would be useless but I think he has already learnt some things from it and just wont say)Published 11 months ago by Natalie Parish