Adult Books

1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints & Tips
Tricks, Shortcuts, How-Tos, and Other Great Ideas for Inside, Outside, and All Around Your House

By Reader's Digest Editors

Subject: House & Home
Paperback | 352 pages | 7 3/4 x 10
US$19.95 | CAN$21.95
Publication Date: 2008-01-10
ISBN: 9780762109067
1,001 Do-It-Yourself Hints & Tips is designed to appeal to any homeowner—from the person who repairs everything with a butter-knife to the semi-professional who is handy with tools. Offering thousands of individual expert tips and step-by-step, do it yourself advice, this book helps accomplish all your maintenance, repair, and decorating projects more easily, for a lot less cost, and with better results. More than 1,500 full-color photographs and illustrations ensure success with each and every hint and tip. Everything needed to complete the job is included: illustrated directions, tips to ensure the job is done correctly the first time, plus money-saving buying tips and safety hints—even advice on which jobs are best left to a professional.

Divided into 13 information-packed chapters, this handy volume starts with terrific ideas to simplify and streamline the household, then goes on to cover nearly all aspects of home repair and improvement, including plumbing, electrical work, home heating and cooling, appliances and electronics. Keep the household in safe, working order inside and out with professional tips on repairing damaged tile, plaster, and wallboard; cleaning a water heater; silencing squeaky stairs and floors; patching the roof; installing gutters; replacing and repairing timeworn clapboard, vinyl, or aluminum siding; and weatherproofing drafty doors. The final chapter is devoted to home safety and security—from baby proofing to preventing car theft. Throughout this book there are symbols for estimating degree of difficulty; “Safe and Smart” tip boxes highlighting safety issues; plus a “Recycling Directory” filled with ideas for use of discarded items or leftover materials.

This big, beautifully-illustrated volume promises to save time, work, and money, and help every home stay in tip-top shape.


For more than 80 years, Reader's Digest editors have been the source of trusted information for readers around the world. Expert in gardening, cooking, home repair, health, consumer awareness, and general reference, we are committed to providing authoritative content that not only inspires but also empowers people to enrich their lives and improve the universe around them.