Ultimate Guides for Home Improvement

1. Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile: Select, Install, Maintain

Everything a do-it-yourselfer needs to know about tiling floors, walls, counters, patios, and more can be found in Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile. Design and planning information helps readers prepare the site and select the right tile–ceramic, stone, vinyl, glass, and more. Chapters on tools and materials feature how-to photo sequences so even novices can tackle tile projects successfully. The emphasis is on solid, durable installations that can stand up to years of use in kitchens, baths, and other areas. The book also covers exterior applications, and includes a practical and complete guide to repairing and maintaining existing tile.

2. Ultimate Guide to Architectural Ceiling Treatments

Ultimate Guide to Architectural Ceiling Treatments shows homeowners how to turn what is wasted space in most homes–the ceiling– into a distinctive design element. Through inspirational photographs and easy-to-follow text, author Neal Barrett will help readers select the right type of treatment for their home. Detailed step-by-step photographs provide the information a do-it-yourselfer needs to complete the projects themselves.

3. The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room

Create a Beautiful, Modern Home with One-of-a-Kind DIY Furniture
Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It’s easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process.
Now, in this reference for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Inside The Handbuilt Home you’ll find:
• Plans for 34 versatile furniture projects for every room in your house—from beginner-friendly home accessories to sturdy tables, a media center, kids’ items, and storage solutions
• Comprehensive information on using off-the-shelf lumber and basic equipment—almost every project can be made with a drill, a saw, and some hand tools
• Easy-to-follow instructions, costs, and time estimates to guide even the most amateur of carpenters through any project
You don’t need to be physically tough or superstrong to make your own furniture, and it’s okay if you don’t know that a 2×4 doesn’t actually measure 2 by 4 inches. All you need is the determination to create a better home for yourself or your family and the confidence to say, “I can build that.”

Also available as an eBook!

4. The Homeowner’s Ultimate Tool Guide: Choosing the Right Tool for Every Home Improvement Job

If you have the proper tools, you have a much better chance of getting every home improvement job done right. With this essential guide by tool expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy, homeowners can find out exactly what tool they need, how to ask for it at the hardware store–and how to use it when they get home.- Features 14 tool kits–including suggestions for plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, and car repair.- Offers professional advice on how to choose tools and how to use them for better results.- An invaluable reference for any homeowner especially those who are assembling tool kits for the first time.

5. Tools: A Tool-by-Tool Guide to Choosing and Using 150 Home Essentials

A practical reference to 150 power and hand tools.

Whether you have a job in mind and don’t know where to start or simply want to feel more knowledgeable at the hardware store, Tools is the ultimate blueprint for getting equipped and getting started. This uncomplicated beginner’s reference covers all the essentials.

Divided into three sections, the first covers where to find quality tools and what to look for to ensure years of reliable use. Valuable safety tips include how to avoid power tool accidents as well as guarding against toxins in treated wood, preventing electrical and chemical fires, and more.

The second section outlines eight basic tool kits along with a list of tools for each:

  • Home/apartment Kit
  • House kit
  • Plumbing kit
  • Electrical kit
  • Machine and metal kit
  • Car kit
  • Child’s kit

The third section is a guide to almost every common hand and power tool. Each page features a photograph of the tool accompanied by a concise, jargon-free explanation. Quick reference symbols identify the tool’s relative cost, necessity, and skill level required to use it.

The tools are organized and cross-referenced by task: measuring, cutting, making holes, holding and supporting work, shaping, driving and prying, fastening, sanding, and storage and protection.

Helpful tips suggest alternative tools for a single job. There’s also information for setting up and organizing a workshop that includes advice for lay-out, utilities, organizing tools and more.

Tools is an essential reference and a must for every homeowner and crafter.

6. Fences, Walls & Gates softcover: Building Techniques, Tools and Materials, Design Ideas

Take a walk on the creative side with this inspiring new guide. Discover exciting new treatments for fences, walls, and gates by paging through the huge photo gallery. Then turn to the how-to section for detailed instruction, information on tools, planning, logistics, components, basic skills, and a complete shoppers’ guide.

7. Building Woodshop Workstations

Transform your woodshop to suit your needs!

Whether you want more workspace or just a more efficient setup, here are all the designs you need to build the workshop of your dreams. Danny Proulx provides detailed plans and easy-to-follow instructions for building self-contained units for every tool and related accessory.

These 12 problem-solving projects are guaranteed to give your woodshop new life by maximizing space and increasing shop efficiency. Each design ensures that the wrenches, blades, jigs and attachments for all of your tools are within arm’s reach.

It’s the perfect setup for working more effectively with your table saw, drill press, miter saw, sharpening stones and more.

Includes these 12 problem-solving projects:

  • Base- and wall-mounted cabinets
  • Practical workbench
  • Power miter saw station
  • Multifunction power tool cabinet
  • Power tool storage station
  • Mobile table saw center
  • Router table cabinet
  • Drill press center
  • Tool sharpening and maintenance station
  • Mobile workbench and tool cabinet
  • Saw outfeed table and storage cabinet
  • Shop made 12-inch disc sander

8. Hand Tools: Their Ways And Workings

For those who would like to have the benefit of a woodworker’s extensive experience with hand tools, this is the book to own. Crammed with practical information, it is the next best thing to looking over a craftsman’s shoulder as he works with his tools, asking questions and getting straight answers in plain language, seeing how each tool is held and manipulated to get the best work out of it. From bit brace, chisel, and mallet to saws, specialized planes, drawknife, and spokeshave, Aldren Watson describes in detail the actions of the tools basic to good woodworking. All the procedures are explicitly illustrated with handsome line drawings, and an appendix gives plans and dimensions for making a workbench and other necessary pieces of shop equipment.

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