When you first start out on your own, there are a lot of projects you've yet to tackle. Although you might have received a quick lesson on how to fix a running toilet or how to replace a light switch, many won't learn the hard stuff until they have to replace or repair things themselves. After 4 months of being a homeowner I have to say, the number one thing that's helped me are...
...books! Sure, there's the internet and things to Google about how to do certain things, but when it comes right down to it, I'm much more comfortable with Bob Vila telling me how to do something from a book... step by step with photos.
Although it seems silly to waste $10 here and $10 there on books full of wiring diagrams and plumbing parts, they've been valuable assets in my home. They've even been nightly read. And although we never really thought we'd find ourselves reading them cover to cover, we have on several occasions.
Check for them at secondhand bookstores on the cheap or even give them as gifts to kids starting out on their own. Even if it's not as cool as some awesome houseware or piece of artwork, they'll need it eventually and knowing how to snake a drain without calling Roto-Rooter... well, you just saved them $200 and then some!
What home repair books have you depended on over the years? Let us know below!
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