Lou Manfredini, aka Mr. Fix-It, is the trusted friend every homeowner wishes he or she had--someone who "knows" houses. In his fun, friendly, fully illustrated guide for both inexperienced and seasoned homeowners, he takes you through your entire house and around the yard, showing you how it all works and what to do when it doesn't. The result: You'll have a clear understanding of the systems that make up your house and gain the expert knowledge to proceed with any job, big or small--whether you're hiring a contractor or doing it yourself. Discover
- How your house works: an anatomy lesson
- The wonders of water--where it comes from and where it goes
- Getting wired--the magic of electricity
- Windows--ways to bring in the sunshine and keep out the drafts
- The joys of being floored--good floor construction and maintenance
- Wall power--it's not what's "on" them but what's "in" them that counts
- Decorating secrets the pros don't like to share
"Plus" Lou Manfredini's sixty-minute home inspection, an essential tool list, and an ABC glossary of terms: from "air duct" to "weather stripping"
"IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR HOME WORKS, TRY THIS BOOK. . . . There are many homeowner guides available, but this one stands out because it is complete and easy to understand. The book does a good job of explaining homeowner basics, as well as what problems can be solved without an expensive expert."
--Los Angeles Times
"Lou Manfredini has found a way to take the intimidation out of your relationship with your home."
"A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT."
--Wisconsin State Journal
"Lou Manfredini is truly the 'house-whisperer.' He shows you how to understand your home and how it works in a whole new way. A must-have for every homebody--you'll never look at your home in the same way again."
Lifestyle expert and author of Susie Coelho's Everyday Styling
"A fact-filled, easy-to-understand manual for homeowners. It's funny and [Manfredini] tells great stories. We can't think of a better gift for new homeowners or, better yet, somebody thinking of buying a first home."
--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Filled with helpful illustrations. . . .This book would be a great wedding gift or even a 'textbook' for the college student moving into his or her first apartment."
"Renovators and home-buyers, start here . . . A terrific guide for both seasoned and new homeowners, this tome tackles your abode from the ground up."
"An entertaining guide that helps explain the many parts that make up a home."