List books in category Home & Garden / Do-It-Yourself

  • Pickling and Preserving: The Foxfire Americana Library (3)

    Pickling and Preserving: The Foxfire Americana Library (3)
    Foxfire Fund, Inc.

    Out of the kitchens and cupboards of Appalachia comes a warmhearted collection of tried-and-true methods for pickling and preserving fruits and vegetables. Part history, part practical recipe book, here homegrown cooks offer advice on everything from bleaching and drying produce to harvesting your own sorghum and making homemade apple butter. Recipes include: Watermelon PicklesCucumber RelishSauerkrautQuince Honey Pear Preserves Mint Jelly Leather Breeches Beans Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency and preserving the stories, crafts, and customs of Appalachia. Inspiring and practical, this classic series has become an American institution. In July 2016, Vintage Shorts celebrates Foxfire's 50th Anniversary.

  • Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios

    Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
    Lisa Bedford

    From the creator of TheSurvivalMom.com comes this first-of-its-kind guidebook for all the “prepper” moms keen to increase their family's level of preparedness for emergencies and crises of all shapes and sizes. Publisher’s Weekly calls Lisa Bedford’s Survival Mom an “impressively comprehensive manual,” saying, “suburban mom Bedford helps readers learn about, prepare for, and respond to all manner of disasters. . . . From 'Instant Survival Tip' sidebars to a list of 'Lessons from the Great Depression'. . . Bedford's matter-of-fact yet supportive tone will keep the willies at bay.”

  • Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book

    Tree Houses You Can Actually Build: A Weekend Project Book
    David Stiles

    Tree houses capture the imagination of the child in all of us, and they have never been more popular than they are today. This inspirational yet thoroughly practical guide shows even the most inexperienced weekend carpenter how to design and build a lifetime of memories for the entire family. With more than 200,000 copies of their popular Weekend Project Books sold, David and Jeanie Stiles have become America's First Couple of do-it-yourself woodworking. In Tree Houses You Can Actually Build, they explain basic building procedures through clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings that illustrate every step of the project, from the earliest sketches to the final cedar shingle. The authors outline five basic designs that can be adapted to virtually any set of conditions, and throughout the book, they emphasize safety for both adults and children. In addition to line drawings, the book contains a section of full-color photographs highlighting a variety of tree house projects, plus helpful building tips based on interviews with their owners.

  • Easy-to-Make Arts and Crafts Lamps and Shades

    Easy-to-Make Arts and Crafts Lamps and Shades
    John D. Adams

    Fashionable in the early twentieth century, Arts and Crafts-style lamps are popular again in the twenty-first century. The elegant simplicity of these useful furnishings will inspire craftworkers to try their hand at the handsome projects described in this instructive manual.First published nearly a century ago, this step-by-step guide–with measurements for sixteen projects–shows how to turn simple, inexpensive materials into a wide range of beautiful and functional Arts and Crafts projects, among them portable table lamps, reading and piano lamps, a dining room dome, a lantern, a shade for a droplight, and wall-hanging lamps, as well as a newel post lamp, and an electric candle sconce.Antique collectors, historians of American style, and lovers of vintage furnishings will also find invaluable information in this collection of now-rare lighting fixtures.

  • How to Build a Tiny Portable House - With Plans and Instructions

    How to Build a Tiny Portable House – With Plans and Instructions
    John Davidson

    Table of ContentsChapter One: Introduction to Tiny HousesChapter Two: Building Codes and Zoning RequirementsChapter Three: Buying and Registering a TrailerChapter Four: Tools and Materials requiredChapter Five: FoundationChapter Six: FlooringChapter Seven: WallsChapter Eight: RoofsChapter Nine: Doors and WindowsChapter Ten: A note on Wiring and PlumbingChapter Eleven: TipsPointers for decluttering your wardrobe:PlansResource GuidePublisherIntroduction to Tiny HousesThe Tiny House MovementThe tiny house movement is gaining momentum and popularity for it cost effectiveness and simplicity. People who support this movement are happy to live in a downsized home — their tiny house is a lifestyle that they adopt/adapt and are happy in doing so. While one might argue the disadvantages of living in a tiny space, the financial freedom that it brings along cannot be disregarded.The average size of a house in the United States of America was 1,500 square feet in the 1950's; now, when the family sizes are shrinking, the average house size is 2,400 square feet. The lavish spaces in a 2,400 square feet house lies dormant for most part of the year. One such classic example is the living room, which serves it purpose for a couple of hours during the Christmas season… rest of the time its existence is hardly noticed or acknowledged; ditto for the multiple bathrooms, the huge dining room, bedrooms, and garage parking. The cost one pays for a huge home that is hardly used is hefty — a mortgage that stretches almost until the end of one's retirement. Add to this the maintenance cost and the carbon footprint of a huge house!

  • The Beginner s Guide to Preserving Food at Home: Easy Techniques for the Freshest Flavors in Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relishes, Salsas, Sauces, and Frozen and Dried Fruits and Vegetables

    The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home: Easy Techniques for the Freshest Flavors in Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relishes, Salsas, Sauces, and Frozen and Dried Fruits and Vegetables
    Janet Chadwick

    Freeze, dry, can, root cellar, and brine your favorite produce right at home. Janet Chadwick’s introduction to the world of preserving provides step-by-step instructions and inspiring easy-to-follow recipes. Pick up a crate of inexpensive, less-than-perfect tomatoes at the farmers’ market and turn them into jars of spicy salsa, or buy a few extra peaches and can a delicious batch of jam to serve with Sunday breakfast. You’ll extend the summer harvest and find yourself serving up delicious, locally grown food all year long. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

  • The Doable Off-Grid Homestead: Cultivating a Simple Life by Hand . . . on a Budget

    The Doable Off-Grid Homestead: Cultivating a Simple Life by Hand . . . on a Budget
    Shannon Stonger

    Start Your Own Off-Grid Homestead the Simple, Budget-Friendly WayIf you’ve ever thought about creating your own family homestead but weren’t sure how to get started or if it were even possible, Stewart and Shannon Stonger have been there and can help guide your way. They left their home in the city and moved to an empty plot of land with hopes of building a more sustainable way of life. Their years of research, limited budget, creativity and pursuit of their dream produced effective solutions that have taken them step by step to an independent, debt-free and off-grid homestead. In this book, they share how they did it to help others take the first steps in achieving their simple life dreams.You’ll learn how to build inexpensive infrastructure, harness energy from the sun, manage an off-grid home, grow vegetables in tough conditions, preserve the harvest, build an earthbag root cellar, raise beginner’s livestock and so much more. These attainable, game-changing tips and projects have allowed Stewart and Shannon to live a simpler, more rewarding life with their children. If they can do it, so can you!

  • Making Candles and Soaps For Dummies

    Making Candles and Soaps For Dummies
    Kelly Ewing

    Make floating candles, herbal soaps, and even a home spa Discover the secrets of color, shape, and scent the fun and easy way? Whether you're a beginner or seasoned craftperson, this fun book offers everything you need to make beautiful, professional-looking candles and soaps at home. You get practical tips on dyeing and scenting wax, using unusual molds, adding embellishments to candles, working with soap ingredients, and even turning your hobby into a business! Discover How To: Stock a safe & efficient work area Work with all types of wax Add color and scent to your projects Make melt-and-pour soaps Turn a hobby into a business

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring, Updated 7th Edition: Current with 2017-2020 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring, Updated 7th Edition: Current with 2017-2020 Electrical Codes
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    BLACK+DECKER's latest edition of the bestselling home-improvement book in North America for more than a decade is completely updated to conform to 2017-2020 national electrical codes. For more than ten years, BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to Wiring has been the bestselling home wiring manual in North America. Now with more than two million copies in print, this is the home reference book more DIYers choose than any other for many reasons. As the most current wiring book on the market, you can be confident that your projects will meet national writing codes. You’ll also spend more time on your project and less time scratching your head thanks to more than 800 clear color photos and over 40 diagrams that show you exactly what you need to know about home electrical service; all the most common circuits, all the most-needed techniques, all the most essential tools and materials. The information in this book has been created and reviewed by professional electricians under the watchful eye of the experts at BLACK+DECKER. You can find plenty of articles and videos about wiring online or in other publications, but only The Complete Guide to Wiring has passed the rigorous test to make it part of The Best DIY Series from the Brand You Trust.

  • Clothing Alteration Secrets Revealed 3rd Edition: Clothes alteration book

    Clothing Alteration Secrets Revealed 3rd Edition: Clothes alteration book
    Judith Turner

    A practical guide to clothing alterations. Physical book also includes Jean Genie on the inside cover which ensures the right hem allowance is created and allows to sew professional jean hem with domestic sewing machine. Covers most common clothes alteration needs like how to take in, let out, take up and let down. Trousers, jeans, dresses, gowns. skirts, shirts, jackets and tee shirts and tops. Learn how to sew tee shirt fabric with Judith's easy technique.

  • Black & Decker Electrical Boxes: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker Electrical Boxes: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes
    Editors of CPi

    DIVThe editors of Creative Publishing, international, now bring you the ebook Quick Read:Electrical Boxes and Panels.This quick read, excerpted from the best-sellingThe Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition, gives you the basics of wiring boxes and panels. Included are both background and how-to information for installing GFCI and AFCI breakers, service panels and sub panels. If you would like additional, related wiring information, look forThe Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition./div

  • Design for CNC: Furniture Projects and Fabrication Technique

    Design for CNC: Furniture Projects and Fabrication Technique
    Gary Rohrbacher

    Design, DIY, and computer-controlled fabrication are a powerful combination for making high-quality customized things. Written by the founders of the architecture, design, and research firm Filson and Rohrbacher, this book takes you through the basics of CNC fabrication, the design process, production, and construction of your own furniture designs. Through their AtFAB series of projects, accompanied by an overview of digital techniques and design thinking, this book introduces the knowledge and skills that you'll find widely applicable across all kinds of CNC projects. Not only will you learn how to design, fabricate, and assemble a wide range of projects, you'll have some great furniture to show for it! While 3D printing has been grabbing headlines, high school, college, library, and other public makerspaces have been making things with CNC machines. With a CNC router, you can cut parts from strong, tactile, durable materials like wood. Once you have your design and material, you can set up your job and let it run. When it's done, you can put the project together for an heirloom of your own. While 3D printing can make exciting things with complex designs, CNCs are the digital workhorses that produce large-scale, long-lasting objects.

  • Learn to Timber Frame: Craftsmanship, Simplicity, Timeless Beauty

    Learn to Timber Frame: Craftsmanship, Simplicity, Timeless Beauty
    Will Beemer

    The first guide to timber framing written specifically for beginners! Expert Will Beemer takes you through the entire process from start to finish, beginning with timber sourcing and ending with a finished building. Using full-color photos, detailed drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions, Beemer shows you exactly how to build one small (12ʹ x 16ʹ) timber-frame structure — suitable for use as a cabin, workshop, or studio. He also explains how to modify the structure to suit your needs and location by adding a loft, moving doors or windows, changing the roof pitch, or making the frame larger or smaller. You’ll end up with a beautiful building as well as solid timber-framing skills that you can use for a lifetime.

  • Forge-Practice - Elementary

    Forge-Practice – Elementary
    John Lord Bacon

    This vintage book contains a complete and comprehensive guide to proper forge practice. It includes information on everything from welding to tool forging, and will be of considerable utility to students and apprentices. "Forge-Practice – Elementary" is ideal for beginners and would make for a worthy addition to collections of related literature. Contents include: "General Description of Forge and Tools", "Welding", "Calculation of Stock for Bent Shapes", "Upsetting, Drawing Out, and Bending", "Simple Forged Work", "Calculation of Stock; and Making of General Forgings", "Steam-Hammer Work", "Duplicate Work", "Metallurgy of Iron and Steel", "Tool-Steel Work", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on metal work.

  • The Complete Guide to Home Theaters: Tips and Advice On How to Turn Any Room Into a Sensational Home Theater

    The Complete Guide to Home Theaters: Tips and Advice On How to Turn Any Room Into a Sensational Home Theater
    Lisa Montgomery

    You’ve probably seen home theaters in the pages of home improvement and technology magazines like Electronic House. You may have even encountered one at the home of a friend or colleague. Perhaps you’ve stopped at a home electronics store and have seen a home theater there. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create these elegant, high-performing A/V masterpieces?Our Complete Guide to Home Theater Planning will walk you through the process, step by step. As you’ll learn, creating a home theater requires carefully planning to get right, some imagination and plenty of time and patience. It’s hard work, but the results can be phenomenal—something that pleases every member of your family and adds real value to your house. And here’s some really good news: Any room in your house can function admirably as a home theater, as long as you design the space correctly and select and install the A/V equipment carefully. This book discusses the pros and cons of the morphing existing rooms into home theaters, as well as building a space from the ground up. The appropriate types of equipment for each type of space are suggested, and classic mistakes to avoid are divulged. And if being on the cutting edge is important to you, there’s a complete chapter dedicated to a discussion about the new audio and video trends that are worth consideration. You can take your theater project a step further by adding features like dimmable lighting, specialty seating, fiber optic “star” ceilings and more. Although these amenities will add to your bottom line, they’re an effect way to put your own personal stamp on your theater, making it a space that’s uniquely yours. We’ll introduce you to some of these unique home theaters—both ones that have been designed and installed entirely by the homeowners themselves and ones that have been created by seasoned home systems professionals. You’ll gain loads of advice and gather great inspiration for tackling your own home theater project. Good luck and happy home theater building!

  • Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana

    Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana
    Nichole Graf

    Honest, intelligent, and approachable, Grow Your Own combats the inaccurate stereotypes that are again being used to bolster the case for prohibition. Featured in Esquire, BuzzFeed, and more. The benefits of marijuana are undeniable—medicinally, sure, but also for stress, for creativity, and for relaxation. And as any homebrewer, winemaker, or backyard gardener can tell you, there’s a particular joy in doing it yourself. Whether you’re new to cannabis and need to walk through the basics, or you’re an experienced grower looking to hone your techniques, Grow Your Own provides all the background and instruction you need to set up a grow space, raise your plants, and harvest your buds. It will teach you how to choose a strain based on its flavors and effects, how to to manage insects and molds without the use of pesticides, and how to mix just the right soil. But Grow Your Own will also give you a primer on the myriad ways to enjoy cannabis—from carving an apple pipe to baking a delicious batch of pot brownies. With photography, visual aids, and illustrations from Allen Crawford (Whitman Illuminated), Grow Your Own makes cultivating cannabis as accessible as it is rewarding.

  • Black & Decker Wiring Diagrams: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker Wiring Diagrams: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes
    Editors of CPi

    DIVThe editors of Creative Publishing, international, now bring you the ebook Quick Read: Wiring Diagrams. This quick read, excerpted from the best-selling The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition, includes circuit maps for common household circuits. The arrangement of switches and appliances along an electrical circuit differs for every project. This means that the configuration of wires inside an electrical box can vary greatly, even when fixtures are identical. The circuit maps included here show the most common wiring variations for typical electrical devices. Most new wiring you install will match one or more of the maps shown. Find the maps that match your situation and use them to plan your circuit layouts. If you would like additional, related wiring information, look for The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition./div

  • Black & Decker Switches & Receptacles: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker Switches & Receptacles: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes
    Editors of CPi

    DIVThe editors of Creative Publishing, international, now bring you the ebook Quick Read: Switches & Receptacles. This quick read, excerpted from the best-selling The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition, includes step-by-step instructions for installing and testing switches and receptacles. This quick read includes information about basic wall switches and their different types, specialty switches, and how to test switches. In the receptacles section, you'll learn about types of receptacles (including GFCI) and receptacles wiring and testing. If you would like additional, related wiring information, look for The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition./div

  • Camper Rehab: A Guide to Buying, Repairing, and Upgrading Your Travel Trailer

    Camper Rehab: A Guide to Buying, Repairing, and Upgrading Your Travel Trailer
    Chris Peterson

    Camper Rehab is your top to bottom guide to getting any camper trailer ready to hit the road in a style to match your dreams. Old campers have an appeal that reaches back in time and can send your imagination soaring. Let's face it: they are cool. Who hasn't seen one parked on a boulevard with a "for sale" sign and pictured it bouncing along behind the family car, ready for adventure and fun? Unfortunately, campers are not quite homes, they are not quite cars, and they have their own unique systems and demands that make fixing and upgrading a challenge. Even if you have plenty of DIY experience, a camper speaks a foreign language. Consider Camper Rehab your Rosetta Stone for the language of Shasta, Dutchmen, or Airstream. This book is a top-to-bottom guide to getting a fifth-wheel, teardrop, or other camper trailer ready for the road and beyond. From basic troubleshooting to electrical and plumbing projects, replacing interior surfaces, and clever (sometimes "retro") decorating ideas, this book uses detailed illustrations, color photography, and a wealth of step-by-step, how-to information to get help you get your travel trailer into shape for your next big–or little–adventure. And in case you haven't pulled the trigger on that trailer you're eying on Craigslist just yet, Camper Rehab also walks you through the process of evaluating a potential purchase, identifying which issues are fixable and which are dealbreakers, as well as how to spot hidden problems. Written by accomplished DIY author Chris Peterson, whose light and approachable tone is coupled with the hardworking DIY information you need, Camper Rehab is a must-have for any camper owner or dreamer.

  • Learn to Weld: Beginning MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication Basics - Includes techniques you can use for home and automotive repair, metal fabrication projects, sculpture, and more

    Learn to Weld: Beginning MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication Basics – Includes techniques you can use for home and automotive repair, metal fabrication projects, sculpture, and more
    Stephen Blake Christena

    DIVMaster MIG welding and the metal fabrication techniques you need to repair, create, and duplicate projects in your home welding studio. Learn to Weld starts with the basics: setting up your studio, the right safety gear and safety procedures, and the equipment and materials you will need to begin with welding. With the help of step-by-step metalworking photos and tutorials, you will learn detailed techniques for cutting and grinding, and for joinery using a MIG welder. Practice the techniques and projects, and you €™ll soon be able to repair, create, and duplicate metal fabrication projects in your own welding studio. Best of all, you will have both the fundamental skills and the confidence you need to create whatever is in your imagination. With Learn to Weld you €™ll be equipped to conquer a world of welding projects./div

  • Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop

    Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop
    Nick Offerman

    After two New York Times bestsellers, Nick Offerman—woodworker, actor, comedian, and co-host of NBC’s crafting competition series Making It—returns with the subject for which he’s known best—his incredible real-life woodshop. Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day’s work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff—kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes. Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves. In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, easy-to-follow instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what’s more, this tutelage is augmented by mouth-watering color photos (Nick calls it "wood porn"). You will also find writings by Nick, offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to his own woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery. Whether you’ve been working in your own shop for years, or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you’ve ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman’s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information.

  • The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed

    The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed
    Ann Larkin Hansen

    This hardworking addition to the best-selling Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them — no matter where on the planet you call home. Author Ann Larkin Hansen sets the priorities for each area of the farm, including the barn, garden, orchard, field, pasture, and woodlot. For every critical turn of the year (12 in all), Hansen provides an at-a-glance to-do list along with tips and a more in-depth discussion of key topics for the season. Easy-reference charts, checklists, and record-keeping sections help you keep track of it all.

  • The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room

    The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room
    Ana White

    Create a Beautiful, Modern Home with One-of-a-Kind DIY FurnitureBeds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It's easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process.Now, in this reference for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Inside The Handbuilt Home you'll find:• Plans for 34 versatile furniture projects for every room in your house—from beginner-friendly home accessories to sturdy tables, a media center, kids’ items, and storage solutions• Comprehensive information on using off-the-shelf lumber and basic equipment—almost every project can be made with a drill, a saw, and some hand tools• Easy-to-follow instructions, costs, and time estimates to guide even the most amateur of carpenters through any projectYou don’t need to be physically tough or superstrong to make your own furniture, and it’s okay if you don’t know that a 2×4 doesn’t actually measure 2 by 4 inches. All you need is the determination to create a better home for yourself or your family and the confidence to say, “I can build that.” Also available as an eBook

  • Woodworking for Beginners: 10 Basic and Easy-to-Make Woodworking Projects: DIY Projects

    Woodworking for Beginners: 10 Basic and Easy-to-Make Woodworking Projects: DIY Projects
    Fernando Dunn

    Woodworking is both a skill and creative outlet. When you can take a piece of wood and make it into something that will give you pride and satisfaction every time you look at it and use it. Working with wood is a skill that needs to be practiced and practiced often. Not many people can get up in the morning and build a house or even a deck. Well when it comes to working with wood you don’t have to be a carpenter. You do need to be creative eye and a willingness to see the hidden beauty in wood. In this book we will explore ten projects and project area. We will explore the tools and attitude that you need in order to create creations out of wood. This book doesn’t focus on high end projects it is more focused on inspiration and allowing you to explore the possibilities.If you have never made anything out of wood before the ideas, tips and tricks within will get you started. This book isn’t for the advanced audience it is for people just starting out looking for a foundation and some cool ideas.Don’t Delay. Download This Book Now.

  • Crafting with Wood Pallets: Projects for Rustic Furniture, Decor, Art, Gifts and more

    Crafting with Wood Pallets: Projects for Rustic Furniture, Decor, Art, Gifts and more
    Becky Lamb

    CREATIVE DESIGNS FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND, UPCYCLED PROJECTS USING THE WORLD'S MOST WIDELY AVAILABLE RECLAIMED WOOD Crafting with Wood Pallets offers readers innovative new projects for transforming wood pallets into all types of beautiful, useful items for the home and garden. Packed with color photos and easy-to-follow instructions for over 25 DIY projects, this book shows how to build, paint, and finish unique gifts, decor, and furniture, including: – Cute jewelry organizer- Rustic coffee table- Chic wine bar- Family chalkboard- Inspiring word art- Handy step stool

  • 100 Weekend Projects Anyone Can Do: Easy, practical projects using basic tools and standard materials

    100 Weekend Projects Anyone Can Do: Easy, practical projects using basic tools and standard materials
    Editors at The Family Handyman

    uild fashionable, functional, inexpensive indoor and backyard furniture—even if you're a complete beginner. These are realistic projects for the average weekend warrior that require no great skills, just normal tools you already have and easy-to-buy materials available at any home store. Here's a small sample of what's inside: Build a simple-but-stylish bookcase Cut garage clutter with oversized shelves Double your closet space with easy accessories Build a rock-solid workbench in 3 hours Maximize kitchen storage with clever cabinet inserts Build backyard furniture, a garden arbor, planters and more! Benches, garden and deck chairs Outdoor storage Quick projects like bird houses, handy hints, and more

  • Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Style: Fresh Ideas for Your Vintage Finds

    Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Style: Fresh Ideas for Your Vintage Finds
    Better Homes and Gardens

    The Indispensible Guide to Scoring, Using, Collecting, and Displaying Vintage Flea Market Finds Flea markets, Craigslist, and even a neighbor’s curb can yield vintage treasures that make a house sparkle. But knowing what to do with those pieces can be intimidating. This innovative book shows homeowners how to use flea market treasures to transform a home. You will learn how to seamlessly combine pieces into a cohesive space that truly reflects your style, whether Cottage, Bohemian, Midcentury Modern, or something else. The book also includes helpful information on how to display and use esoteric, fun, and one-of-a-kind collections. Several DIY projects explain how to create fun new pieces from flea market finds, such as wall frames from vintage hand mirrors.Flea Market Style celebrates both the thrill of the hunt and the rewards of using and displaying every special find.

  • Black & Decker Wiring Repairs: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker Wiring Repairs: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes
    Editors of CPi

    DIVThe editors of Creative Publishing, international, now bring you the ebook Quick Read: Wiring Repairs. Sometimes a little repair work goes a long way, as broken fixtures don't always need complete replacement. This quick read, excerpted from the best-selling The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition, includes step-by-step instructions for making repairs to common electrical fixtures. Included are repairs for light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, fluorescent lights, plugs & cords, and lamp sockets. If you would like additional, related wiring information, look for The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition./div

  • The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

    The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
    Carleen Madigan

    This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

  • Black & Decker The Book of Home Improvement: The Most Popular Remodeling Projects Shown in Full Detail

    Black & Decker The Book of Home Improvement: The Most Popular Remodeling Projects Shown in Full Detail
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    This comprehensive guide to home improvement includes the top 100 home improvement projects, all in full, step-by-step instruction, and all from the trusted experts at BLACK+DECKER. Boasting 560 pages of hardworking, how-to instructions and photos, this is quite possibly the only home remodeling you, or any homeowner, will ever need! From basements to attics and everywhere in between, BLACK+DECKER The Book of Home Improvement shows you exactly how to do more than 100 of the most popular improvement projects. Whether your ambition is as big as remodeling the kitchen down-to-the-studs, or as modest as changing a bathroom faucet, you will find all the guidance you need to do the job right. This giant book is the ultimate resource and trusted advisor for anyone who wants to make the home a better place to live. Not to mention increases its resale value–and all from the experts at Black & Decker. Just some of the projects covered here are:Planning a Remodeling ProjectWall, Ceiling & Trim ProjectsFloor ProjectsCabinets, Countertops & Storage ProjectsWindow & Door ProjectsAttice & Basement ProjectsKitchen ProjectsBathroom ProjectsRoom Addition ProjectsSo stop putting off all the DIY projects that have been piling up! BLACK+DECKER The Book of Home Improvement if the only resource you'll need!

  • Black & Decker Running New Wire: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker Running New Wire: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes
    Editors of CPi

    DIVThe editors of Creative Publishing, international, now bring you the ebook Quick Read:Running New Wire.This quick read, excerpted from the best-sellingThe Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition, includes step-by-step illustrated how-to information for installing NM cable, conduit and surface-mounted wiring. If you would like the rest of the story, look forThe Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition./div

  • The Blacksmith s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods

    The Blacksmith’s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods
    Charles McRaven

    Get that metal hot and start hammering! Setting up your own forge and crafting everyday items is easier than you might think. With simple methods, easy-to-follow photographs, and insightful tips, you’ll soon be creating items of lasting beauty and durability from iron and steel.

  • Deck Ideas You Can Use - Updated Edition: Stunning Designs & Fantastic Features for Your Dream Deck

    Deck Ideas You Can Use – Updated Edition: Stunning Designs & Fantastic Features for Your Dream Deck
    Chris Peterson

    This photo-rich book is the tool every DIYer and homeowner needs to plan and design a beautiful custom deck. If you're looking to build a new deck or remodel the one you have, you want to start by spreading some innovative deck designs in front of you. Look no further than Deck Ideas You Can Use. The updated and expanded edition of this book is the deck design tool you've been searching for–packed with useful information and full-color photos to help you determine the deck of your dreams. From choosing deck building materials to settling on railings to adding a splash of color with flower-packed planters to complementing the architecture of your house, this book covers every aspect of the design process to help you create a custom deck that's perfect for your home and yard. Ask yourself if you want traditional or curved stairs. Do you want to give the deck surface some character by adding an inlay? You might include built-in benches. What's the overall purpose of the deck? Will you be outside grilling or simply relaxing with a book? You'll answer all of these questions as you page through Deck Ideas You Can Use. Written and researched by noted DIY author and designer Chris Peterson, this updated and expanded edition of Deck Ideas You Can Use features 32 new pages, more than 100 all-new photos, plus all-new text on popular deck design topics such as new, state-of-the-art building materials, LED and solar lighting, accessorizing and decorating, and accessibility. This editorially driven new book is truly packed with design and building information you can, and will, use.

  • The Complete Idiot s Guide to Woodworking

    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Woodworking
    Reed Karen

    From learning about the right tools for the right jobs to looking at a plan and beginning your own project, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Woodworking teaches the novice woodworker all there is to know about this wonderful hobby. This step-by-step book takes you through the workshop, whether it's a shed in the backyard or a three-foot space in a one-bedroom apartment, showing you how to create beautiful pieces of furniture and decorative items with the right tools. You'll learn how to set up a workspace, buy hand and power tools, set goals within a realistic budget, work with plans and put the finishing touches on your project. Basic plans for a variety of projects are included.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms, Updated 4th Edition: Design * Update * Remodel * Improve * Do It Yourself

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms, Updated 4th Edition: Design * Update * Remodel * Improve * Do It Yourself
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    From inspiration to design advice with crystal-clear how-to instructions, BLACK + DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms is the only book you need to achieve the bathroom of your dreams. This brand-new edition of a perennial bestseller from the BLACK + DECKER Complete Guide series is just the book you need if you want to improve, update, or remodel your bathroom. From a simple freshening of the decor to a down-to-the-studs remodel, all of the information you need to design the job and do the work yourself is right here. Through step-by-step photography and instructions, you'll see how to update lighting, ventilation, flooring, surfaces, cabinetry, toilets, bathtubs, and accessories. The comprehensive buyer's guide takes you through one of the most important steps in any remodeling project, and a complete section on bathroom design provides education and inspiration. As a bonus, this new edition of Black + Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms includes a chapter explaining how to remodel or reimagine your bathroom to better meet the needs of aging in place, with projects that conform to Universal Design Standards. You'll see a start-to-finish demonstration on how to replace a shower or tub with a curbless shower stall. To maximize access, a wall-mounted sink is hung and hooked up – and you see every step. Replace a traditional bathroom sink faucet with a hands-free model so you can turn on the water even if you can't reach all the way to the faucet handle.

  • Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring: Updated 3rd Edition * DC Circuits * Transfer Switches * Panel Upgrades

    Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring: Updated 3rd Edition * DC Circuits * Transfer Switches * Panel Upgrades
    Editors Of Creative Publishing

    Current with Codes through 2014A carefully selected group of home wiring projects that goes beyond the basics of adding a receptacle or rewiring a lamp. With the information in this book you can take your skill in working with electrical systems to a new level. Projects include: adding a stand-alone, direct-current circuit powered by the sun; installing an automatic standby power system; replacing a main service panel; grounding and bonding your electrical system; installing a radiant flooring system; and working with 240-volt and three-phase power.

  • The 2017 Bluebook Cost Guide

    The 2017 Bluebook Cost Guide
    Bluebook International

    The Bluebook Cost Guide provides over 100,000 residential & light commercial structure and contents costs for construction, reconstruction, remodeling, repairs, and home improvement of all types throughout the United States and Canada

  • Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring, 5th Edition: Backup Power - Panel Upgrades - AFCI Protection - Smart Thermostats - + More

    Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring, 5th Edition: Backup Power – Panel Upgrades – AFCI Protection – “Smart” Thermostats – + More
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    The new, 5th edition of BLACK+DECKER Advanced Home Wiring does more than simply make incremental changes to match new national electrical codes. It includes several never-before-seen projects that will challenge even the most experienced home DIYer. Some of these include: a step-by-step demonstration of the right way to wire a three-way switch in any situation; a closer look at new "available neutral" requirements and how they impact traditional wiring configurations; new information on weatherproof boxes and conduit; a primer on three-phase power; and a guide to 240-volt circuitry that eliminates all the confusion. These are higher-level projects, but ones that offer high rewards when they are done right. The latest home wiring products and techniques are also featured in this new edition. If you already have a good understanding of the basics of home wiring and electrical systems, this is the book you need to take your game to the next level.

  • Advanced Stair Stringer Layout Methods

    Advanced Stair Stringer Layout Methods
    Greg Vanden Berge

    If you're interested in advancing your skills as a stair builder or someone who desperately needs to understand the fundamentals of stair stringer layout, then the advanced methods inside this book, we'll take you to the next level. Master Stair Builder – Greg Vanden Berge will share some of the extraordinary fundamentals as well as advanced techniques, few carpenters in the world are familiar with. This is a one-of-a-kind book and was written in a simple and easy to understand format. There are plenty of illustrations and even my wife, who is extremely skeptical about my other books said this was one of the best books I've written so far. This book was written for carpenters, contractors and even sophisticated do-it-yourselfers. I don't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't understand the fundamentals of stair building.

  • Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies

    Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies
    Gene Hamilton

    We're a nation of countless bathrooms that are on the brink of being torn apart, redesigned, and remodeled. Bathrooms are big! They've gone from being a convenience to a luxury. Welcome to Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies, where you'll discover how to transform your bathroom from blah to beautiful and inefficient to well-designed. Remodeling a bathroom is a challenge – it's action-oriented and requires extra energy and stamina. But you, undoubtedly, realize it's a challenge you want to take on. This guide can help if you Want to make your home more livable and enjoyable by updating, expanding, or improving the bathroom Want to find out how to begin the process of appraising your present bathroom so you can improve it Don't want to be pressured into selecting materials and fixtures because you want to see everything that's available and know all your options Want to know what's involved in demolishing the walls and removing the fixtures and cabinets, and how to install new ones Want to decide if you should hire help or do the work yourself Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies is organized to provide lots of useful information that is easily accessible. You'll uncover tips about: Making the most of space in your bathroom Taking control and planning the project Finding fabulous fixtures, vanities, and faucets Decorating the walls, windows, and more Creating storage space You maybe be asking yourself, "Can I remodel my bathroom without spending every penny I have, destroying the harmony of my house, and breaking the spirit of everyone involved?" The answer is yes. Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies can help.

  • Working with Hand Tools: Essential Techniques for Woodworking

    Working with Hand Tools: Essential Techniques for Woodworking
    Paul N. Hasluck

    An all-in-one guide containing everything there is to know about woodworking hand tools.Whether you are a beginner with an idea in mind—and not a clue where to start—or an old pro with years of experience, you need the knowledge to ensure your project comes out right. From identifying and holding tools properly to constructing your own household furniture, Working with Hand Tools is your trusted resource for all things related to woodwork. Precise illustrations and design details provide a map for hundreds of woodworking projects, including:• Sheds• Trellises• Tables• Yard and garden accessories• Fences• Porches• Furniture• Cabinets• And much more!This comprehensive guide to the tools and techniques of woodworking has been a favorite of both amateur and professional woodworkers for over a century. Readers will learn to make almost anything using only hand tools. With nearly three thousand illustrations, this definitive guide is an invaluable resource for any do-it-yourselfer. If it’s wood, and there’s work to be done, don’t start without Paul N. Hasluck’s essential guide.

  • Off Grid Living: 35 Tips on How to Survive off The Grid, Planting & Preserving Food, Conserving Energy & Water and much more...

    Off Grid Living: 35 Tips on How to Survive off The Grid, Planting & Preserving Food, Conserving Energy & Water and much more…
    Betty Green

    Off the grid living has become popular for many, but the term is confusing, and the concept is a little scary for homeowners who haven't taken the plunge. In this handy manual, we will discuss 35 different tips and tricks for separating yourself from the grid. Everything from gardening techniques to ideas about water and power supplies will be covered, and the different suggestions are designed to fit a wide variety of lifestyles. Questions like what kind of crops are best to grow when living off the grid, to what types of gardens work best, to how to purify your own water will be examined. Also, various forms of efficient and eco-friendly power sources will be discussed.There are so many levels of living off the grid, but that's where this manual becomes important. In it, we talk about simple tricks you can do to save money and be more self-sufficient. Some tips are easy to do and cost little to implement, while others involve a more committed lifestyle shift. Regardless of where you want to be in terms of separating from the grid, this guide is sure to give you a great starting point. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started with off the grid living, today!

  • Black & Decker Build Your Own Custom Closet: Designing, Building & Installing Custom Closet Systems

    Black & Decker Build Your Own Custom Closet: Designing, Building & Installing Custom Closet Systems
    Gillett Cole

    There's almost nothing in the modern home that can delight us more than an intelligently organized, nicely featured closet-a place where things are organized in pleasing geometry, here we can find and retrieve that perfect tie or that just-right sweater, instantly. And there's nothing more disheartening and irritating than that murky closet from the netherworld, where boxes tumble down on our heads whenever the door opens, where the sheer clutter makes it impossible to identify what's inside, much less retrieve the item you need. Consumer desperation is why entire companies have sprung up devoted to closet organizing-it's the reason homeowners sometimes spend literally thousands of dollars to have a custom closet organizer designed and installed.Or, they can buy this book and do it themselves for a fraction of the cost. Today, virtually all the materials and hardware used by custom closet fabricators is available to consumers on the racks of home centers and hardware stores. Build Your Own Custom Closet is the first book to show consumers all the inside tips on designing a custom closet, and how to install it using materials they can buy themselves. This is the book that will lift readers from closet purgatory into the heaven of the well-organized closet-without selling their souls.

  • Organizing For Dummies, Mini Edition

    Organizing For Dummies, Mini Edition
    Eileen Roth

    Clean up your act, get more done, and have more time for fun! Packed with proven organizing systems and techniques, this guide shows you step-by-step how to break down organizing jobs into bite-size pieces, assemble the tools and supplies you'll need, and much more. Open the book and find: How to make time to get organized Ways to personalize your organizing plan Tips for using containers to put everything in place Advice on how to train your mind to be organized

  • The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

    The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals
    Clea Shearer

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • There’s decorating, and then there’s organizing. From the Instagram-sensation home experts (with a serious fan club that includes Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mindy Kaling), here is an accessible, room-by-room guide to establishing new order in your home.Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The mishmash of summer and winter clothes in the closet? Yep. Even the dreaded junk drawer? Consider it done. And the best news: it’s not hard to do—in fact, it's a lot of fun. From the home organizers who made their orderly eye candy the method that everyone swears by comes Joanna and Clea’s signature approach to decluttering. The Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in a stunning and easy-to-find way (hello, labels!), and maintaining the system so you don't need another do-over in six months. When you're done, you'll not only know exactly where to find things, but you'll also love the way it looks. A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it's like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.PLEASE NOTE: The paperback includes a starter set of labels for your refrigerator; the ebook and audiobook include a link to download and print the labels from a computer (you will need 8-1/2 x 11-inch clear repositionable sticker project paper, such as Avery 4397).Featured in Glamour's 10 Books to Help You Live Your Best Life

  • Woodwork Step by Step: More Than 100 Tools and Techniques with Inspirational Projects to Make

    Woodwork Step by Step: More Than 100 Tools and Techniques with Inspirational Projects to Make
    DK

    Woodwork: Step-by-Step is the next title in DK's bestselling Step-by-Step series. A perfect starting point for anyone new to the art of woodwork, the book explains more than 100 techniques and eight achievable projects with clear photography and instructions. Gallery spreads show the equipment, materials, and woods readers will need to make practical and inspired projects from a simple shelf to a complex chair.Students, hobbyists, and crafters looking to develop an understanding of woodwork basics will find Woodwork: Step-by-Step an invaluable reference.Previously published in Woodwork: A Step-by-Step Photographic Guide to Successful Woodworking.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Built-Ins: Complete Plans for Custom Cabinets, Shelving, Seating & More, Second Edition

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Built-Ins: Complete Plans for Custom Cabinets, Shelving, Seating & More, Second Edition
    Editors of CPi

    Nothing says quality and luxury like a custom built-in storage unit, and no project offers greater satisfaction and cost savings than a DIY built-in project. This detailed DIY book gives complete illustrated instructions for dozens of must-have built-in projects, including window seats, home theater units, buffed cabinets, and bathroom storage units.

  • Trim Complete

    Trim Complete
    Greg Kossow

    If you want to give your house a one-of-a-kind personality, all the finishing touches have to be just right. Of course, that includes the interior trim and molding that's so crucial to the inner beauty of your home. Trim Complete delivers all the information you'll need to handle these important projects like a pro. With detailed instructions and over 800 step-by-step photos, expert carpenter Greg Kossow shows you how to complete every possible trim project, from simple baseboards to complicated casings. He even includes hard-to-find advice about complex crown moldings and creating custom moldings. By tackling real-world situations just as you'd encounter them, the author shares proven tips, techniques and valuable trade secrets — always helping you anticipate and solve any problems that may occur.

  • Shipping Container Homes: Learn How To Build Your Own Shipping Container House and Live Your Dream!

    Shipping Container Homes: Learn How To Build Your Own Shipping Container House and Live Your Dream!
    Bill Oatfield

    Learn How You Can Save Money With Insider Tips On How To Build Your Shipping Container Home!How would you like to pay way less per month and still live in your dream home? Well, that's the promise that a shipping container home offers!These small houses are taking the world by storm at the moment, and rightfully so. Combine a massive oversupply of containers with people looking to live in cheap homes, that are even eco-friendly, and you can see why building container homes is a match made in heaven.Steel containers may seem unlike candidates to use as building materials, but nothing could be further from the truth. These containers make for amazingly cheap houses, for the fraction of the cost of a traditional home. The tiny house movement already adopted shipping container construction as a method of building a new home, but you do not need to be a fan of tiny houses to appreciate that containers make for excellent and comfortable homes.Imagine the possibilities that come with freeing up the financial resources you are now spending on your mortgage!Well, my friend, you have come to the right place.This book is a step-by-step guide on how you can build a container home.You will be taken by the hand. We will cover the basics, such as the advantages of building a house with a container, different container sizes and what you can expect to pay for one.We will also discuss what to consider when laying out the foundation, plumbing, electrical work, interior design and insulation. And we will touch on DIY home containers vs manufactured homes, how to treat the container to turn it into a safe living space, and how you can turn a small house (because containers can be tiny homes) into a bigger one if you have a family.If you want to know how to build a house with a container, look no further! Pick up your copy now and get inspired to turn your dream into reality.Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Learn: What Are Shipping Container Homes?The Benefits of Shipping Container HomesWhat to Consider Before Purchasing a Shipping ContainerChoosing the Right Shipping ContainerAre Shipping Container Homes Safe?How To Build A Container HomeWhere To Purchase A Shipping ContainerBuilding Permit and Other Legal RequirementsThis book introduces you to the world of affordable housing and can literally save you thousands of dollars!So download your copy today by scrolling back up and clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!And welcome to the family.

  • Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day

    Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day
    Melissa Maker

    The wildly popular YouTube star behind Clean My Space presents the breakthrough solution to cleaning better with less effort Melissa Maker is beloved by fans all over the world for her completely re-engineered approach to cleaning. As the dynamic new authority on home and living, Melissa knows that to invest any of our precious time in cleaning, we need to see big, long-lasting results. So, she developed her method to help us get the most out of our effort and keep our homes fresh and welcoming every day. In her long-awaited debut book, she shares her revolutionary 3-step solution: • Identify the most important areas (MIAs) in your home that need attention • Select the proper products, tools, and techniques (PTT) for the job • Implement these new cleaning routines so that they stickClean My Space takes the chore out of cleaning with Melissa’s incredible tips and cleaning hacks (the power of pretreating!) her lightning fast 5-10 minute “express clean” routines for every room when time is tightest, and her techniques for cleaning even the most daunting places and spaces. And a big bonus: Melissa gives guidance on the best non-toxic, eco-conscious cleaning products and offers natural cleaning solution recipes you can make at home using essential oils to soothe and refresh. With Melissa’s simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time.

  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks: Updated 4th Edition, Includes the Newest Products & Fasteners, Add an Outdoor Kitchen

    Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks: Updated 4th Edition, Includes the Newest Products & Fasteners, Add an Outdoor Kitchen
    Editors of Creative Publishing

    America’s best-selling deck book—better than ever In this revised and expanded fourth edition of the all-time bestselling book on decks, homeowners learn, in unsurpassed detail, the process of designing, building, and maintaining a deck. Not only are all the classic deck-building techniques included, but the book also shows how to incorporate the latest contemporary options, such as how to work with eco-friendly wood and reclaimed plastic. Hiring a contractor to build a deck easily adds up to tens of thousands of dollars, but with the help of this book, readers can design and build the deck they want without the high price. For homeowners who already have a deck but are in the market to update or maintain that deck, The Complete Guide to Decks features important projects for repairs, upgrades, and major additions, such as adding full electrical service, lighting, and kitchen appliances. From design to construction, and tools, material, and planning, this is the only book consumers need to build the deck of their dreams.

  • The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

    The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
    Dee Williams

    Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing.Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

  • Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 6th Edition: Current with 2014-2017 Electrical Codes

    Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 6th Edition: Current with 2014-2017 Electrical Codes
    Editors of Cool Springs Press

    DIVThe best DIY wiring book on the market . . . six times over./divDIV/divDIVBlack & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring has led the pack as the United States €™ best-selling consumer wiring book for more than a decade now, with previous editions selling over one million copies collectively. Simply put, you won €™t find a more complete and up-to-date book on home wiring: from basic skills €”including an overview of electricity and wiring safety; wire, cable, and conduits; boxes and panels; switches; and receptacles €”to foolproof circuit maps for 30 common wiring set-ups and step-by-step walkthroughs of every essential home wiring and electrical repair project, this book teaches you everything you need to know. Now in its sixth edition, it has most importantly been updated to comply with 2014 €“2017 National Electric Codes, but in addition, nearly 1,000 accompanying photos offer up-to-date depictions of modern materials and fixtures. Complete with the most current wiring information available today, and presented in our long-renowned, fully illustrated how-to format, Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Wiring (6th Edition) guarantees you €™ll never be caught in the dark./div

  • The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse: How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse

    The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse: How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse
    Lindsey Schiller

    Build your own passive solar greenhouse for year-round food production in any climate Fresh, local nutrient-dense fruits vegetables are hard to find in winter in cold climates. Growing warm-weather crops like tomatoes, bananas, avocados, and other perennials is nearly impossible using conventional structures. The solution for millions of backyard and small-scale commercial growers is self-heating solar greenhouses. The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter, covering principles of solar greenhouse design and siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels, including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground to air heat exchanger. Variations include attached solar greenhouses, earth sheltered greenhouses, plus integrating hydroponics and aquaponics. More than a dozen case studies from across North America provide inspiration and demonstrate specific challenges and solutions for growing year-round in any climate. Grow your own food, anytime, anywhere using the power of the sun!

  • Your Complete Guide to Building and Living In Your Own Shipping Container Home

    Your Complete Guide to Building and Living In Your Own Shipping Container Home
    Darrin Bergmann

    How Would You Like to Live in Your Own Shipping Container Home and Say Goodbye to Debt and Clutter Forever?This complete guide will show you how!“Shipping Container Homes: Your Complete Guide on Building and Living In Your Own Shipping Container Homes” by Darrin Bergmann gives you a detailed look on designing and building your own shipping container home, including:how to select your shipping container,how to make it secure and comfortable,how to live happily in a small space,how much it costs to build a shipping container home, andmuch more!You’ll also see examples of shipping container floor plans and shipping container plans that can inspire and inform you as you create your own unique design.Take the first step in living in your own shipping container home right now, by scrolling up and clicking the “Buy Now” button!

  • Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead

    Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead
    Joe DeLaRonde

    Traditional blacksmithing returns to its roots with Blacksmithing Bacisc for the Homesteader. Here author and master blacksmith Joe DeLaRonde demonstrates the basic skills and techniques needed to make the tools and accoutrements required for life on the homestead or ranch. Detailed and easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs will help the beginning blacksmith set up the forge, get the fire hot enough for welding, and craft the tools needed for blacksmithing. Learn how to forge everything from weapons and tools-knives, axes, screwdrivers, hammers, and chains-to home-helpers like forks, coat hooks, towel bars, and candle holders, and more!

  • Cleaning and Stain Removal For Dummies, Mini Edition

    Cleaning and Stain Removal For Dummies, Mini Edition
    Janet Sobesky

    Make light work of housework and keep your home in the shape you want it to be Help is here! From getting wine stains off the carpet to making your glasses sparkle, we've got the book that will transform your household into a clean machine. Filled with cleaning tips for the major rooms of your home and the major stains you'll encounter, this is your pocket guide to a well-run home. Open the book and find: Timesaving tips for cleaning the right way with both chemical and natural cleaners The right tools for each cleaning task The easiest and quickest ways to clean bathrooms and kitchens How to remove stains from carpet and clothes