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Home Maintenance for Dummies® by James Carey (Author), Morris Carey (Author) Home Maintenance for Dummies®
by James Carey (Author), Morris Carey (Author)

Paperback: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.08 x 9.21 x 7.43
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; (April 2000)
ISBN: 0764552155

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Book Description: A man's home is his hassle. But thanks to timesaving, trouble-preventing strategies from these nationally recognized experts, now anyone can keep his or her palace in regal repair and have plenty of time left over for the fox hunts. This friendly book covers everything from plumbing to painting, with handy calendars to ensure nothing falls through the cracks -- including the cracks!

From the Publisher: In Home Maintenance For Dummies, readers will find out how to prevent costly repairs and safety hazards with handy calendars and checklists that will ensure nothing falls through the cracks -- including the cracks! Home Maintenance For Dummies covers everything from plumbing to painting with special tips on preparing for freezing winter conditions and sizzling summer days.

Back Cover Copy: Keep up with upkeep using the seasonal maintenance schedule Praise for Home Remodeling For Dummies® "[One of] the ten best real estate books of 1998…. The wise advice … cover virtually all aspects of home improvements." — Robert Bruss, San Francisco Examiner "Whether you do it yourself or contract it out, you'll find useful advice for fixing up in Home Remodeling For Dummies." — Associated Press

Let the Carey Brothers give you the scoop on home maintenance Your home is probably your biggest single asset. This friendly guide shows you step-by-step how to preserve its value — and prevent costly catastrophes. Room-by-room, system-by-system, and season-by-season, the Carey Brothers explain and illustrate the routine tasks that'll keep your home looking great and running smoothly.

Discover how to: Perform seasonal upkeep Maintain the roof, foundation, and exterior Keep major home systems and appliances running smoothly Care for stone, masonry, and wood

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About the Author: Morris and James Carey (San Francisco, California) aka The Carey Brothers, are authors and hosts of the website and nationally syndicated newspaper column and radio show "On the House" and the authors of Home Remodeling For Dummies. They appear frequently on TV news and talk shows, including "CBS This Morning."

Customer Reviews
I think I must be too dumb., April 3, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Citrus Heights, CA USA
The authors assume way too much reader knowledge for this to be a true guide for dummies. Also, the For Dummies format does not allow for much illustration. So a lot of what they describe goes way over my head. It does help me understand what I need to say when I call a pro. That's actually a big help for one as home-maintenance-challenged as I. Don Aslett's excellent books are more my speed, though he does tend to write the same book over and over again.

Very helpful indeed, January 25, 2002
Reviewer: sja999 from NJ United States
The chapters are organized by area of the house (outside, inside, appliances, etc.) and really pack a good amount of advice and tips in each. As another reviewer said, there are recipes for your own cleaning solutions (deck cleaners, floor cleaners) that work really well (our deck was in rough shape). The maintenance schedule in the back is also handy. This was our first home and having this book was such a help. I've read it and keep referring to it!

Exactly What I Wanted, July 15, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from Pickerington, Ohio United States
The brothers Carey hit the nail on the head (no pun intended). Clear suggestions and illustrations and a maintenance schedule to try to aspire to.

Home Maintenance for Dummies, August 22, 2000
Reviewer: M. Kelly from Manhattan Beach, CA USA
WOW! Who knew all the maintenance a house needs? The cleaning solution recipes are great, safe, and really do the best job. I have been slowly implementing a home maintenance program based solely on this book. It is easy to read and understand. Whether you are a novice or expert in taking care of your home and its appliances, you will learn alot from this book. It is not just about proper cleaning. It is about keeping your house and appliances looking their best and in working order for as long as possible. I give this book as a housewarming gift to all my friends who own a home.

Excellent source for "the rest of us", March 31, 2000
Reviewer: jen_elkhouri from Virginia, USA
This is a GREAT book for first-time buyers or for people who never learned what should be done to your home to keep it in good shape.

The book is well organized and has two main sections, indoor maintenance and outdoor maintenance. The book also includes nice graphical guides for those of us (me!) that need more than your basic instructions. Another great feature of the book are montly to-do's, to keep you on track throughout the year.

However, by far, the best thing about the book is it has saved me money! There are things outlined in the book that I thought I would have to pay someone to do, but realized how simple they really were and was able to do them myself!

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