Reader's Digest Complete Do-it-yourself Manual

Reader's Digest Complete Do-it-yourself Manual

Heather Blaha
Feb 4, 2009

The classic Reader's Digest Complete Do-it-yourself Manual continues to prove a useful and helpful go-to source for the most mundane to the more complicated DIY tasks. From 1977 onward, we found many new, used or "collectible" editions on Amazon (pictured here is the 2005 edition).

The contents is vast, and aims to have you covered in emergency situations and how to keep a problem from becoming worse if you have to wait for a "pro" to show up.

Contents includes:


  • Emergency repairs

  • Hand tools

  • Power tools

  • Fasteners and adhesives

  • Woodworking

  • Metals and plastics

  • Concrete and asphalt

  • Masonry

  • Your house (structures and planning improvements)

  • Plumbing

  • Electricity

  • Interiors

  • Painting and wallpapering

  • Exteriors

  • Windows and doors

  • Home climate

  • Furniture

This is one book we couldn't get by without (ours is the 1991 version but we don't mind the 18 year lapse; most basic DIY doesn't change that much). Check out a few different versions on Amazon here and here.

Created with Sketch.