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Product details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405337079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405337076
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 4.2 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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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Having just bought my first house I knew that the time was going to come when i needed a DIY book. I saw this book purely by mistake through a work book club and was instantly impressed with how laid out it was. It seemed to cover everything around the home from strucutre of the modern house to building walls, floors, repairing wood, painting, fitting and even how to make your house more energy and heat efficient.

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.
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At last an up to date and easy to follow DIY book - not just pages of text - there are photos showing you how to do different projects around the home with simple explanations. I found this book really helpful.
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This is the first book that has realy covered all the bases. Up to date information with loads of really clear photos and easy to follow steps. It's really has given me the confidence to tackle some of the jobs around the house.
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I thought I was quite a handy man around my home and managed to renovate a terraced house recently, to a hopefully quite high standard. I thought the last thing I needed this christmas was another DIY book, but decided to give it a read anyway. I can honestly say that I have learned as much again from this book as I learned through my own endevours before.

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!!)
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Great book! You can see them doing the job from beginning to end, there's a photo of everything. The book looks really good, really modern design. It makes you want to do more DIY!
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This is full of photos and illustrations and I found easy to follow advice. Recommended.
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I always thought DIY was best avoided and that home improvement / repairs would remain a mystery.

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.
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The book was delivered early and packaged very well. In review of this book from a novices prospective it is ideal, the explanations were really precise and worded so that anyone could understand the processes. The graphical (pictures) showed exactly what was needed and hoe it was to happen, all in all, it is a great book for everybody interested in DIY.
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