What's a Homeowner to Do?

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Artisan Books, Jan 1, 2011 - House & Home - 420 pages

Ships in November 2011. Watch the DIY series Million Dollar Contractor with Stephen Fanuka.

In What's a Homeowner to Do?, Stephen Fanuka and Edward Lewine explain the basics of home repair and maintenance. From assembling a tool kit to understanding the pros and cons of casement and double-hung windows, from the ins and outs of moldings, faucets, and electrical outlets to the best way to maintain appliances and driveways, you'll find out everything you'll need to know to keep your home in fine working order.

With hundreds of clear, helpful illustrations, this essential reference covers such topics as how to install a ceiling fan; determining the right amount of paint to buy; how to repair a loose stair tread; choosing the proper child safety gate; and many more.

Most important, you'll get expert advice on when a repair is something you can do yourself and when it's best executed by a professional. In the process, you'll learn more than enough to speak knowledgeably about any problem with a hardware store clerk, a repairman, or a contractor.

What's a Homeowner to Do? is the best home improvement guide ever!

 

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Contents

1 Tools and Techniques
2
2 The Outer Shell
44
3 Windows
82
4 Plumbing
116
5 Electricity
152
6 Heating and Cooling
190
7 Household Carpentry
210
8 Doors and Locks
252
9 Sheetrock Painting Wallpaper Tile and Stonework
282
10 Basement Yard and Garage and Fireplaces Too
336
11 Safety and Security
362
How to Hire and Manage a Contractor
400
A Seasonal Checklist
404
Acknowledgments
406
Index
407
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

A second-generation contractor, Stephen Fanuka has been one of the eliteábuilders in New York City for more than two decades. He is the star of the DIY Network series Million Dollar Contractor, which premieres in October 2011. He is also a frequent guest onáTV (The Nate Berkus Show, George to the Rescue, and others) and radio (Martha Stewart Living on Sirius).

Edward Lewine writes the “Domains” and “Ask the Contractor” columns foráThe New York Times Magazine. He is the author of Death and the Sun: A Matador’sáSeason in the Heart of Spain. He lives with his wife and children in a brownstone ináBrooklyn, New York, that continually needs repairs.

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