The Home DIY Expert Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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Everything you ever needed to know about running your home but were afraid to ask. Starightforward, no-nonsense advice. -- The Times, March 2003
First he tackled your garden, now it's your house -- The Observer, March 2003
In the straight, no-nonsense style of his gardening books, covers all the basics, giving you confidence where other books leave you daunted. -- The Bookseller, December 2002
The book everyone is waiting for. In the long-term it deserves a category all its own, a mega Giant. -- The Bookseller, December 2002
For more than 40 years millions of people have relied on the Expert series to tell them what to do in the garden. Now the same unique approach has focused on home care. The Home DIY Expert breaks new ground, as the first Garden Expert did all those years ago. This book is not designed for people who wish to become electricians or DIY fanatics. There are no complicated diagrams and no instructions how to put in a new radiator. However, it does tell you how to pick the right carpet as well as how to remove stains from it, and it shows you how the central heating system works as well as how to stop the pipes knocking. Quite simply, it is a typical Expert.See all Product description
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Thankfully The Home DIY Expert fitted the bill. Although a little old-fashioned in layout, it does provide the practical tips you need to do basic house repair tasks. In my case, the diagram of how a domestic heating system works, despite looking like something from a GCSE science textbook, allowed me to get a better understanding of how the various parts link up.
And after getting a £80 plumber's bill, at least now I'll remember to bleed my radiators.
I recently bought this "The Home DIY Expert" as part of a shopping spree to expand the collection, and have just had a flick through it. The flick through suggests that this "The Home DIY Expert" is pretty much exactly the same as The Home Expert (Expert books), down to the photographs & illustrations inside - except there's a few bits cut out from it... the bit at the start with money management advice + the bit in the "inside the house" section with advice on livingroom / kitchen / diningroom / bedrooms / bathroom, etc.
So, if you already have The Home Expert (Expert books), I wouldn't bother buying it.
If you own / rent a house (or are about to), and you don't have The Home Expert (Expert books), then I strongly recommend buying "The Home DIY Expert", as it has absolutely vital information in it. Perhaps also partner it withDIY Manual (Readers Digest), for the ultimate reference combination to stop your house from falling down, and save on expensive call-out fees from hairy-bottomed workmen.
Information includes: Heating, Lighting, Choosing a cooker, Plumbing, decorating, flooring (including showing types of carpet construction), all the different types of wood you can use... you name it.