Collins Complete DIY Manual will show you how to perform dozens of home improvement projects and repairs, from painting and decorating, to freezing a section of pipe for maintenance. Collins illustrates each topic with many colorful diagrams and photographs. Although this book is geared more toward homeowners than apartment dwellers, it’s an excellent reference for everyone.
Even with this being a “complete” reference, the material never feels rushed or abandoned. In some sections, this manual will teach you all you need to know to complete a particular repair or project. Other times, it offers a concise but solid introduction that makes it easier to locate more detailed information online or at the library.
Here’s the table of contents from the previous (2006) edition:
- Planning Ahead
- Repairs and Improvements
- Home Security
- Infestation, Rot, and Damp
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Working Outdoors
- Tools and Supplies (unfortunately this chapter is too short)
- Reference and Index
The book is hardcover, about 550 pages, 9″x12″ desk reference sized, and it has a very durable binding.
A huge word of warning – this book is published in the UK, so it doesn’t discuss US rules and regulations, and I don’t expect that they revise the editions sold in the US. Regardless, any DIYer will find this an excellent starting point and reference.
You can get the new edition for less than $40 shipped from most larger bookstores. For a better price, check amazon.co.uk for price drops, or search the web for barnesandnoble.com coupon codes.