ISBN-10: 1561585882
ISBN-13: 9781561585885
Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)
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Description: For every single item in your home, there are probably hundreds of renovation guides, but you want to spend your money on renovating, not on 20 different books. This is the definitive one-volume work on successful home refurbishment.

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List price: $39.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.334
Language: English

For every single item in your home, there are probably hundreds of renovation guides, but you want to spend your money on renovating, not on 20 different books. This is the definitive one-volume work on successful home refurbishment.

Michael Litchfield has been renovating houses or writing about them for more than 40 years. During that time he has been a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books on home design and renovation, and editor of a CNET/Yahoo! Gold Star home improvement site. He is also a certified green building professional.   Michael McAlister is a licensed electrician, C-10 Electrical Contractor, and B General Building Contractor in California and is currently Division Manager-San Francisco for Sprig Electric. He has worked in a design/build capacity in single-family residential, multi-family high density residential, commercial TI, biotech, high-tech, manufacturing, and alternative energy. He lives with his wife and two sons in San Francisco.

Inspecting a House
The Roof
House Exterior
Mechanical Systems
Estimating Project Difficulty and Costs
Creating a Home That Suits You
Documenting What's There
Design Constraints
From Preliminary Designs to Working Drawings
An Overview of Renovation
Case Histories
Tool Safety
Tools to Own
Tools to Rent
Building Materials
Standard Lumber
Salvage Lumber
Engineered Lumber
Framing with Steel
Structural and Nonstructural Panels
Metal Connectors
Adhesives, Caulks, and Sealants
Roof Safety and Equipment
Preparing to Install a New Roof
Roof Flashing
Asphalt Shingles
Wood Shingles
A Medley of Roofing Types
Doors, Windows, and Skylights
Ordering Doors: An Overview
Installing an Interior Door
Installing a Basic Exterior Door
Installing French Doors
Installing Hardware
Weatherstripping Door Frames
Installing a Basic Window
Window Repairs
Installing a Skylight
Weather Barriers
Exterior Trim
Rain Gutters
Structural Carpentry
Understanding Structure
Framing Walls
Reinforcing and Repairing the Structure
Stair Repairs
Structural Remodeling
Terms, Tools, and Tips
Working with Brick
Foundations and Concrete
An Overview
Jacking and Shoring
Minor Repairs and Upgrades
Replacing a Shallow Foundation
Concrete Work
Damp Basement Solutions
Electrical Wiring
Understanding Electricity
Planning and Estimating
Tools and Materials
Rough-In Wiring
Installing Receptacles, Fixtures, and Switches
Conduit and Flexible Metal Cable
Adding Outlets to Existing Circuits
An Overview of Plumbing Systems
Working with Copper Water-Supply Pipe
Working with DWV Materials
Venting Options
Roughing-In DWV Pipes
Roughing-In Supply Pipes
Installing Fixtures
Replacing a Water Heater
Kitchens and Baths
Kitchen Planning
Installing Cabinets
Countertops for Kitchens and Baths
Kitchen Sinks
Bathroom Planning
Energy Conservation and Air Quality
Sealing Air Leaks
Controlling Moisture and Mold
Finish Surfaces
Choosing Tile
Getting Ready to Tile
Installing Setting Beds
Tile Estimation and Layout
Installing a Floor
Tub Surround
Finish Carpentry
Basic Skills
Casing a Door
Casing a Window
Baseboard and Crown Molding
Essential Prep Work
Choosing Paint
Tools and Equipment
Painting Basics
Lead-Paint Safety
Painting the Interior
Stripping and Refinishing Interior Trim
Painting the Exterior
Selecting Materials
Ordering Wallcovering
Preparing Surfaces
Laying Out the Work
Basic Papering Techniques
Complex and Special-Care Areas
Flooring Choices
Refinishing Wood Floors
Installing Strip Flooring
Resilient Flooring
Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

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