Adult Books

Home Repair Without Despair
Smart Ideas for Saving Thousands

By The Family Handiman Editors

Subject: House & Home
Paperback | 288 pages | 7 7/8 x 10 1/2
US$16.95 | CAN$18.95 |Ages: adult
Publication Date: 2010-05-14
ISBN: 9781606521359
Cancel all calls to the contractors! Home Repair without Despair is filled with hundreds of simple, smart do-it-yourself home fixes and projects that will save you thousands of dollars. Did you know you can fix a window hinge with a toothpick? Or repair a troublesome light fixture with a 60-second solution? The expert editors at The Family Handyman magazine will guide you step-by-step through a myriad of DIY improvements including:
  • Interior Projects and Repairs:Upgrade a laundry sink, remove old caulk, fix casement windows, insulate walls, tape drywall, patch carpet, plug leaky ducts, and implement storage solutions
  • Electrical and High-Tech: Add a closet light or outdoor outlet, fix a lamp cord, upgrade recessed lights, choose a backup power system, and install a security system in one day
  • Plumbing, Heating, and Appliances: Replace a broken icemaker, fix a water softener, silence a noisy check valve, clean out dryer lint, make your dishwasher sparkle
  • Woodworking and Furniture: Cut perfect miter joints, stabilize a wobbly bookcase, build a boot scraper, and make precise right angles
  • Exterior Maintenance and Repairs: Get better traction on concrete, clean black streaks off a roof, choose decay-resistant 4x4s, and double the life of your paintbrushes
  • Outdoor Structures and Landscaping: Prevent expensive tractor repairs, try troublefree tree pruning, wipe out weeds in an hour, and discover shed-building tips, and pro's tricks for building paths and walls
  • Auto and Garage: Repair a broken taillight, unstick a power window, replace your car's carpet, fix your stereo, and create garage ceiling storage

“Remodel Right” and “Great Goofs” features point you toward useful new products and give you a chance to learn from others' mistakes. You'll also find bonus sections on conserving electricity and water as well as easy painting and home-improvement tools and techniques to make your home shine. With Home Repair without Despair you'll reap the rewards of the best DIY advice and relish the satisfaction of a job well done.


With over 4 million readers, The Family Handyman is America's leading do-it-yourself magazine, helping homeowners improve their homes and yards since 1951. On average, 75,000 copies of The Family Handyman are sold on newsstands and in all major retail stores including Lowe's, Home Depot, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and WalMart. Each project featured in this book has appeared in the pages of the magazine.