Perusing the new books downtown, I found this "Family Handyman” book, 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your Home, which looked interesting since I am knee deep in several DIY home improvement projects. Maybe I should have read this before I started.
Best used as a starting point for many different lessons about maintaining the comfort, safety, efficiency and beauty of your home, all of the articles are short, well-illustrated, and very to the point, highlighting the salient facts and considerations for each project. You might need other books to go in depth on tiling your bathroom or drying out a wet basement. This book is more of a homeowner’s checklist of what to be aware of when keeping house. Home Maintenance 101. Understanding Your House for Dummies.
A sampling of topics includes: everything related to heating and cooling and saving money while doing both; maintaining your roof, lawn mower, water heater, drains, and appliances; fixing a leak, a flood, a wall, a door, a furnace; painting properly, washing windows winningly, applying grout appropriately; everything about fire prevention, fighting pests, using tools, and preparing for multiple mini-disasters (storms and smoke, mold and mildew, burglars and blackouts).
Do you know where your shut-off valves are?