50 Simple Ways to Save Your House
50 WAYS TO KEEP THE PLUMBER, THE CARPENTER, AND THE BILLS AWAY A small investment in knowledge, time, and tools today can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the years to come. The key is to catch minor, easy-to-fix problems before they turn into major, costly headaches. Bruce Johnson, America's #1 do-it-yourself expert, takes you step-by-step through every area and aspect of your home, telling you exactly how to spot trouble and how to repair it--easily, quickly, and safely. You can't afford not to learn these fifty simple projects that any homeowner can do: #1 Assemble a basic home inspection and repair kit #7 Patch and replace damaged shingles on your roof #18 Tuckpoint brick walls to keep them sound and attractive #22 Check the lay of your land to keep the basement dry #28 Protect your home's deck against rot and decay #33 Prevent ice dams and rotting rafters #41 Map out your electrical system #45 Stop squeaky floors and stairs It sounds simple...and it is! 50 SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE YOUR HOUSE.
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4 Recognize the hazards of leadbased paint
5 Fight fungi with simple proven methods
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