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INTRODUCTION page 6
Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Hand & Power Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Bench Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Specialty Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
INTERIOR REPAIRS 20
Basements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Protecting Walls & Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Preventing Dampness & Leaks . . . . . . . . . . .28
Ceilings & Walls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Repairing Plaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Repairing Wallboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
Restoring Paneling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Restoring Ceramic Tile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Replacing Wall Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Repairing Wallcovering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Repairing Trim Moldings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Restoring a Ceiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Reducing Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Choosing Paint, Tools & Equipment . . . . . . .60
Preparing to Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Applying Primers & Sealers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Using a Paintbrush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Using a Roller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Painting Windows, Doors & Trim . . . . . . . . .70
Painting Cabinets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Painting Ceilings & Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Cleaning Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Underlayment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
Subfloors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Common Floor Coverings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
Maintaining & Repairing
Vinyl Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Maintaining & Repairing
Ceramic Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
Maintaining & Repairing
Hardwood Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100
Maintaining & Repairing Carpeting . . . . . . .108
Stairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Doors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Insulation & Weatherproofing . . . . . . . . . .158
Improving Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162
Adding Basement Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . .166
Weatherizing the House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170
Cabinets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Countertops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
EXTERIOR REPAIRS 180
Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184
Inspecting a Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188
Locating & Repairing Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . .190
Repairing & Replacing Flashing . . . . . . . . . .194
Preparing for a New Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196
Installing a New Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200
Fascia & Soffits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208
Gutters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214
Chimneys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220
Walls & Siding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224
Masonry Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225
Stucco Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226
Wood Siding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228
Manufactured Siding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230
Exterior Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232
Preparing to Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .236
Applying Paint & Primer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .240
Concrete & Asphalt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248
Patching Holes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252
Repairing Walkways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254
Repairing Concrete Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258
Replacing Concrete Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260
Repairing Vertical Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . .264
Repairing Asphalt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .266
SYSTEMS REPAIRS 268
Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272
Pipe & Fittings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278
Working with Plastic Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280
Working with Copper Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . .284
Using Compression Fittings . . . . . . . . . . . .290
Using Flare Fittings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292
Working with Galvanized Iron Pipe . . . . . .294
Working with Cast-iron Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . .296
Valves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300
Drains, Traps & Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .304
Clearing Clogged Tub Drains . . . . . . . . . . . .308
Clearing Clogged Sink Drains . . . . . . . . . . .310
Clearing Fixture Drains with a Hand Auger .312
Sinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .314
Faucets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320
Ball Faucets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .322
Cartridge Faucets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .324
Disc Faucets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .326
Compression Faucets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .328
Fixing Spout & Sprayer
Pressure Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .330
Replacing a Faucet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .332
Tubs, Showers & Whirlpools . . . . . . . . . . .336
Toilets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .344
Repairing a Running Toilet . . . . . . . . . . . . .345
Repairing Pressure-assisted Toilets . . . . . .354
Food Disposers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .356
Dishwashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360
Water Heaters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .364
Water Softeners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .376
Water Pumps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .378
Septic Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .380
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .382
Service Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .386
Tools for Electrical Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .392
Materials for Electrical Repair . . . . . . . . . . .393
The Rules of Electrical Safety . . . . . . . . . . .395
Receptacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .396
Testing Receptacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .402
GFCI Receptacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .408
Wall Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .412
Single-pole Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .414
Three-way Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416
Four-way Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .418
Double Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .420
Pilot-light Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .421
Switch/Receptacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .421
Dimmer Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .422
Specialty Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .424
Lighting Fixtures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .426
Incandescent Mounted Light Fixtures . . . .427
Recessed Light Fixtures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .432
Chandeliers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .434
Track Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .436
Fluorescent Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .438
Doorbells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .442
Telephones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .446
Heating, Ventilation
& Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . .450
Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .452
Gas Forced-air Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .454
Balancing a Forced-air System . . . . . . . . . .454
Maintaining a Forced-air System . . . . . . . .455
Maintaining a Furnace Humidifier . . . . . . .462
Hot Water & Steam Systems . . . . . . . . . . .464
Maintaining Hot Water &
Steam Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .465
Identifying & Repairing Exhaust Leaks . . . .469
Supplemental Heating Systems . . . . . . . . .470
Electric Baseboard Heaters . . . . . . . . . . . . .470
Wall-mounted Electric Heaters . . . . . . . . . .474
Fireplaces & Wood Stoves . . . . . . . . . . . . . .476
Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .482
Maintaining Central Air
Conditioners & Heat Pumps . . . . . . . . . .483
Maintaining a Room Air Conditioner . . . . .486
Thermostats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .488
SECURITY, SAFETY & HEALTH UPGRADES 490
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .494
Lighting for Security & Safety . . . . . . . . . . .495
Securing Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .498
Glass Block Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500
Securing Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .502
Door Closers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .508
Garage Door Openers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .510
Repairing a Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .514
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .516
Fire Prevention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .517
Fall & Accident Prevention . . . . . . . . . . . . . .520
Handling Hazardous Materials . . . . . . . . . .524
Childproofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .526
Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .530
Indoor Air Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .530
Carbon Monoxide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .532
Radon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .533
Mold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .534
Lead & Asbestos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .536
Arsenic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .537
Water Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .538
WORKSHOP REFERENCE 540
Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .542
Organizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .544
Working with Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .548
Reference Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .560
HomeownerÆs Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .564
Working with Contractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .583
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .584
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .588
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .590
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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Dwellings -- Maintenance and repair -- Pictorial works.