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Old 04-01-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a particular set or publisher of DIY books? I ask because I picked up Stanley guides for both electrical and plumbing, and I haven't been happy with either. Does anyone have a favorite? Maybe a This Old House publication, or Time Life, or something like that? I think I'd prefer a set with separate volumes for each topic, but that's not an absolute. But good photos are a priority.

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I have been happy with the Black and Decker ones. I've used the Advanced Wiring and the Basements & Attics books. I also use Tauton's Code check books to make sure I follow code.

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Old 04-02-2007, 09:02 AM   #3
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i have the New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual by Reader's Digest Editors

and it has always covered what I needed, including 3-way wiring, which confuses many people, I always say try this book, and they get it.
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If you are more advanced, and looking for a set that covers many aspects of home building, I like the JLC Best Practices field guides. They are not DIY oriented. Thats what I like about them. You wont find them at HomeCheapo.

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Good stuff - thanks!
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Fine Homebuilding magazine has everything you need to know on DVD. There's all kinds of info...not cheap though, I think it's $125
BTW, I've been subscribing to this magazine for a couple of years now and recommend that you do too. You won't regret it.
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Looks like they have a great website, too! Sold. I've just recently subscribed to This Old House and Family Handyman, too. Going to have to build a magazine rack... ;-)

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Family Handy Man - You know, I build furniture as a hobby, do all sorts of stuff arouund the house, etc. I always find something interesting in family handyman. Sure its pretty basic but there always seems to be something for me in it.

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