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jte1130 01-08-2008 10:33 AM

New Homeowner Looking For Reading Material
Since I've gotten my new home I want to soak up as much info as possible. I'm looking for some suggestions on good DIY reference material and tool suggestions.

Ron6519 01-08-2008 06:17 PM

Go to your local bookstore to the home improvement section. There are general overall books that contain some info on a variety of topics like electrical, plumbing ,carpentry and the like. Then there are volume specific books on each of these topics and then some. Time Life, Black and Decker and a few others use to publish the topic specific books
Home Depot has a few, "how to" books in their stores. Buy a good overall book to start. You can also avail yourself of the local libraries books to read at home and then decide if you want it in your library.
You can sometimes get good buys on the internet if you know what you're looking for. So homework now can help later.
As for tools, a diverse set of hand tools. Hammer, screwdriver set, pliers, wire cutter, etc.
Power tools would include a corded or cordless drill with wood bits and drivers and a circular saw. The rest you can get if you have the need. The extent of your tool collection will depend on how involved you get into the various aspects of home repair and renovation. This will evolve over time.
When you buy a tool, buy it once and don't buy crap on sale at Target. I personally like Craftsman hand tools. They are guaranteed for life. If it breaks, you bring it back and they give you another one. You don't even need a receipt. If it says Craftsman, it's only sold at Sears. Stanley also makes good hand tools along with others.

jte1130 01-09-2008 07:14 AM

Thanks for the info Ron. I actually was in Barnes & Noble browsing yesterday. They had the Black & Decker series and they seemed pretty informative. I have the basic overall book from Home Depot and try to watch as many home-type t.v. shows as I can find.
As for the tools I have some basic Craftsman screwdrivers, etc. I guess I'll be expanding my craftsman collection. Also, a few years ago a friend of mine had gotten me a great deal on a 5 piece Dewalt cordless set. I just have to get a new battery as its run its life. When it comes time to expand I'm leaning towards Makita. I've read some good things about them.

Ron6519 01-09-2008 09:27 AM

I just had my Dewalt 18V batteries rebuilt. It cost about $35.00 from I got the name from the Woodnet forum. They have a good site for tool discussions, both power and hand tools. You might also look at They compare power tool features and tell you who has the good deals online.
I have no affiliation with any of the above but have found them to be helpful in my renovation business.

Clutchcargo 01-09-2008 11:48 AM

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For books, I highly recommend the "For Pros by Pros" series from Taunton Press. These books seem more thorough than the other books.

jte1130 01-09-2008 11:52 AM

I'll have to check those forums out Ron.

The Taunton books look pretty good Clutchcargo. Thanks for the suggestions. Maybe I'll start with that series.

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