The Little Book of Quick Fixes for the Home Handywoman
London-based designer and author Bridget Bodoano reigns as the queen of do-it-yourself. For all the women who have great ideas for improving their homes and want to implement them independently comes her book The Little Book of Quick Fixes for the Home Handywoman. The book's simple organization and clear language will give beginners a working knowledge of tools, plumbing, electricity, and general home improvement projects. So what's the first step? Go shopping, advises Bodoano, for essential tools like a power drill and a toolbox. Then you'll learn to strip wallpaper, paint a room flawlessly, tile backsplash or sand a wood floor. There are questions and answer sections, helpful color illustrations (such as how to drill a hole in the wall), descriptions of the most important tools, like power jigsaws, and suggested weekend projects that will help you practice your new skills. Each chapter lays out the pros and cons for many projects, which help you decide whether to tackle a project yourself or call a contractor.
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