House Check: Finding and Fixing Common House Problems

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Taunton Press, 2003 - House & Home - 41 pages
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Bubbling paint. Water dripping from light fixtures. Mysterious smells. Groaning pipes and gurgling tubs. Doors that open themselves. Faucets that spew steam. Your house is trying to tell you something. But to understand what its trying to say and what you should do about it, first you have to learn its language. And thats what House Check is all about.

Its a concise guide to the sights, surfaces, sounds -- and sometimes smells -- of your house. With this guide, you can quickly figure out whats causing those odd symptoms and what, in a nutshell, you should do to set things right. The information in this chart is based on thousands of houses that authors Michael Litchfield and Roger Robinson reviewed -- from Vermont to California.

This easy-to-use flip chart is organized by major sections and systems in the house: roofs, attics, interiors, exteriors, plumbing, electrical, kitchens, baths, and basements. Over 600 symptoms are listed, with causes and solutions for each. The photos aid in the identification of symptoms and the drawings help you understand the underlying structures involved in the problem. With the information in this handy guide, you will be well on your way to solving those elusive house ailments.

 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
17
Section 4
18
Section 5
21
Section 6
23
Section 7
27
Section 8
35
Section 9
37
Section 10
38

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About the author (2003)

Michael Litchfield has been renovating houses or writing about them for more than 40 years. During that time he has been a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books on home design and renovation, and editor of a CNET/Yahoo! Gold Star home improvement site. He is also a certified green building professional. nbsp;

KATHRINE SWITZER is best known for pioneering the official entrance of women into the marathon in the late 1960s. Winner of the 1974 New York City Marathon, she has finished 35 marathons. An Emmy Award-winning commentator who has covered important running events from the Boston and New York City marathons to the Olympics and Goodwill Games, she is the author of "Running and Walking for Women Over 40." She and her husband, Roger Robinson, split their time between Wellington, New Zealand, and New York. ROGER ROBINSON,"" has represented both England and New Zealand in World Championships and has set marathon records for his age group in Boston, New York, Canberra, and Vancouver. He is a professor at Victoria University in New Zealand.

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