"Spence, a professor of construction engineering and technology...,offers relief in this guide to interior and exterior maintenance and repair. Many potential problems are prevented by proper maintenance, but eventually every homeowner must make repairs...Spence's instructions are outstanding, showing exactly what to do (or ask a repairperson to do). The illustrations...are among the clearest available (the captions are especially informative). This title is among the best on the subject...Essential for public library collections."--Library Journal.
Want to put and keep your house in tip-top shape, inside and out? Fix the plumbing? Add or maintain electrical fixtures? Upgrade the heat and air-conditioning for better comfort? Repair the roof and mend the exterior wall? Fix a squeaking floor? No matter the task, the more than 600 pages of this fix-it-up encyclopedia provide a wealth of knowledge and photos and drawings that show you how to do everything. Do it yourself, or use the information to judge the value and quality of professional work. Throughout, there's an emphasis on the selection of materials for particular jobs, so you can choose the best ones; on the correct operation of tools; on ways to meet any building codes. Go deep inside the workings of plumbing, including the potable water system, the hot water main, and more. Quickly figure out if you can add to an existing electrical circuit, plus how to replace circuits and repair wiring. Renovate interior walls and ceilings, install home security, improve temperature control, take a furniture workshop, and so much more!Book News
Spence, a professor of construction engineering technology at the School of Technology and Applied Science, provides text, photos, and drawings on plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning, roofing, exterior and interior wall maintenance, floors, tiling repairs, home security, furniture, and even information how to set up a home shop. The book is geared to readers doing the job themselves or evaluating the work of a hired hand. Particular attention is paid to proper tools, safety, and building codes. Drawings are large and clear and each chapter features its own glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)