Handyman's Handbook

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jun 13, 2003 - House & Home - 264 pages
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The ONLY book available that provides a blueprint for running a successful handyman business. Filled with hands-on, how-to information and dozens of time-saving tips, this resource is valuable to anyone who enjoys working with their hands and wants to be happily--and profitably--self-employed.


* Where and how to learn what you need to know
* Acquire the necessary tools and materials
* Adapting your car or truck
* How to find and keep customers

 

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Contents

BASICS
1
GETTING STARTED FREQUENTLY REQUESTED JOBS
4
OTHER JOBS YOU CAN DO
8
ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
20
ADAPTING YOUR CAR
31
ITEMS TO CARRY IN YOUR CAR
35
TOOLS YOU SHOULD HAVE
43
YOUR TOOLBOX
45
GLUES
138
LUBRICANTS
141
TAPES
143
WOOD
145
OTHER USEFUL MATERIALS
147
EQUIPMENT YOU SHOULD HAVE
151
WORKBENCH WITH VISE
154
OTHER USEFUL EQUIPMENT
155

ORGANIZING YOUR TOOLS
52
CEMENTWORK TOOLS
53
ELECTRICALWORK TOOLS
56
GARDENING AND TREE TOOLS
59
LAYOUT AND MEASURING TOOLS
66
PAINTING AND CAULKING TOOLS
70
PLUMBING TOOLS
74
PORTABLE POWER TOOLS
78
STATIONARY POWER TOOLS
82
OTHER USEFUL TOOLS
84
HARDWARE YOU SHOULD HAVE
93
DOOR HARDWARE
94
ELECTRICALWORK HARDWARE
97
NAILS SCREWS BOLTS AND OTHER FASTENERS
104
HANGING OBJECTS ON WALLS
110
HOSEREPAIR HARDWARE
114
PLUMBING HARDWARE
116
TELEPHONE HARDWARE
122
OTHER USEFUL HARDWARE
125
MATERIALS YOU SHOULD HAVE
131
PAINTS AND PUTTY
134
ORGANIZING AND STORING YOUR HARDWARE AND MATERIALS
159
SHELVES HOOKS RACKS BUCKETS
165
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
172
KEEPING YOUR CUSTOMERS HAPPY
177
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE
185
ADDITIONAL ADVICE AND INFORMATION
188
BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE JOB
191
WORK EFFICIENTLY
194
WORK SAFELY
201
IMPROVISING
204
BIG PAINT JOBS
210
OLD HOUSE VERSUS NEW HOUSE
216
THOUGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS
219
YARD SALE AND FLEA MARKET TACTICS
234
RECORD KEEPING AND FINANCES
241
CLOTHING FOR THE HANDYMAN
243
FOOD AND EXERCISE
248
HANDYMAN MYSTERIES
250
FINAL WORDS
254
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About the author (2003)

David Koenigsberg of Roslyn, Pennsylvania, is an electrical engineer, technical writer, and professional handyman with 25 years' experience in the field.

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