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For more than ten years, BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to Wiring has been the best-selling home wiring manual in North America. Now with more than two million copies in print, this is the home reference book more DIYers choose than any other for many reasons.
As the most current wiring book on the market, you can be confident that your projects will meet national wiring codes. You’ll also spend more time on your project and less time scratching your head thanks to more than 800 clear color photos and over 40 diagrams that show you exactly what you need to know about home electrical service; all the most common circuits, all the most-needed techniques, all the most essential tools and materials.
The information in this book has been created and reviewed by professional electricians under the watchful eye of the experts at BLACK+DECKER. You can find plenty of articles and videos about wiring online or in other publications, but only The Complete Guide to Wiring has passed the rigorous test to make it part of The Best DIY Series from the Brand You Trust.
Be inspired by new design and follow the latest codes as you custom build the deck of your dreams!
Architecture, building codes, and design are not static; they change constantly. That's why there's a new edition of the bestselling Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks, incorporating updates to national building codes, as well as new developments in building materials and design. Calling attention to composite deckboards and railings, as well as other PVC products made from recycled plastic, the new materials systems featured in this book are environmentally friendly, easy to work with, rot resistant, and very low maintenance.
Whether you opt for manufactured deck products or wood, the success of your project depends upon a sturdy deck undercarriage. Accomplishing this isn't difficult, but building the framework requires that you have the latest information on building codes. In recent years, these codes have changed significantly, affecting everything from post diameter to allowable joist hangers to railing height and even the size of concrete footings. Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks is the only DIY deck book that's fully updated to conform to the latest codes.
Chapters covered in the book include:
Deck Planning & Design
Deck Materials & Tools
Finishing & Maintaining Your Deck
Custom Deck Projects
Gallery of Inspiring Decks
Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks offers complete step-by-step photos and instructions, so even homeowners with limited DIY experience are assured of a deck that meets their needs. So, don't wait any longer; build the deck of your dreams and start enjoying it!
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to Plumbing Updated 7th Edition is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book on achievable home plumbing projects for DIYers of all skill levels.
From fixing a toilet to installing and plumbing a vanity sink or curbless shower, BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to Plumbing Updated 7th Edition has the answer to any home plumbing problem you're likely to have. Packed with clear color photos and easy-to-understand descriptions, the basics of home plumbing systems are clearly explained, and all of the most popular plumbing projects are shown with clear, color step-by-step photos.
This new edition has been thoroughly updated to ensure that all information conforms to the most recent codes, including the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code and the 2018 International Residential Code.
- Plumbing and tiling a curbless shower
- Installing a jetted spa
- Replacing a toilet
- Installing a dishwasher and garbage disposer
- Repairing faucets
- Accessibility projects that meet Universal Design standards
- Bathroom cabinetry
This new book is more than a simple engine repair manual. Designed for the beginner with little or no mechanical experience, Small Engines & Outdoor Power Equipment is a graphically appealing, step-by-step guide that covers all of the most important engine maintenance and repair skills you'll need to keep your equipment running at peak performance. It also shows exactly how to perform mechanical upkeep and repairs on the most common outdoor power implements, including lawn mowers, snow blowers, chain saws, power washers, generators, leaf blowers, rototillers, wood splitters, lawn edgers, and weed whips. With clear 'how-to' photos and detailed diagrams, you'll see exactly what needs to be done. A comprehensive troubleshooting guide helps you define problems and enact solutions. With Small Engines & Outdoor Power Equipment in your library, you won't need to haul the lawn mower off to the repair center and wait a few weeks just because a filter is plugged or the old gas needs to be replaced. Among the many skills you'll learn are seasonal tune-ups, changing oil, servicing spark plugs, cleaning filters, replacing muffler, servicing the fuel tank, overhauling the carburetor, servicing brakes, inspecting flywheels, replacing the fuel pump, and replacing a rewind cord.
This exciting new 3rd edition of the bestselling title, Black & Decker Complete Guide to Sheds has the perfect plan for anyone who is building his or her own backyard shed.
The most popular plans from previous editions are preserved, from small garage-style sheds with overhead doors, to kit sheds, to contemporary utility sheds with a dramatic flair. This new edition delves into new styles that are drawing strong interest today, including tiny sheds, miniature tool sheds, and even small habitable sheds that are designed to function mostly as a quiet retreat for practicing a particular hobby or activity. As with all of the hardworking, practical sheds from earlier editions, the new varieties include full-color step by step photos, complete building plan drawings with cutting lists, and clear how-to instructions.
Shed-building, like any other building process, starts with good techniques. That's why the general skills section has been updated and improved. With this complete guide, you can build just about any shed you dream of. Plus, you'll find information on new tools and products that will make your project go faster and more smoothly. Rounded out with helpful information on important considerations like siting and zoning, Black & Decker Complete Guide to Sheds 3rd Edition truly is a complete guide to this very popular DIY activity.
Some of these include: a step-by-step demonstration of the right way to wire a three-way switch in any situation; a closer look at new "available neutral" requirements and how they impact traditional wiring configurations; new information on weatherproof boxes and conduit; a primer on three-phase power; and a guide to 240-volt circuitry that eliminates all the confusion. These are higher-level projects, but ones that offer high rewards when they are done right.
The latest home wiring products and techniques are also featured in this new edition. If you already have a good understanding of the basics of home wiring and electrical systems, this is the book you need to take your game to the next level.
Find more than 150 projects for building custom decks, patios, fences, sheds, and more!
From building a new deck to creating a garden pathway, the great outdoors is the most popular place for homeowners to showcase their creativity and skill. With more than 150 outdoor building projects shown with step-by-step photography, Complete Outdoor Builder has a project for anyone, guaranteed to improve your yard. This updated and redesigned book with a handsome hardcover is sure to find a permanent place on the shelf of anyone who wants to create and maintain a beautiful outdoor living space.
Some of the projects covered in Complete Outdoor Builder include:
- Attached deck
- Composite railings
- Landscape steps
- . . . and much more!
The Complete Outdoor Builder includes a wide range of projects and appeals to all skill levels. Building decks and patios are among the most popular categories for outdoor construction, and you'll find all the techniques and skills--as well as complete lists of tools and materials required--to design and build your own. Complete Outdoor Builder also offers plans and revamped photography for more than a dozen designs that you can replicate or use as inspiration for a custom project. Designed, built, and photographed by professionals, the fun projects in this book also have the stamp of approval from Black & Decker(r), the most trusted name in DIY tools and equipment. Roll up your sleeves; it's time to build something great.
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios gets a fresh update with the latest products, even more projects, and all-new photos. With all of the DIY-friendly products for backyard building available today, the only valid excuse not to build your own patio or walkway is that you haven't found the right guide for you. That's about to change. In Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios (3rd Edition), the expert editors of Cool Springs Press arm you with thorough, comprehensive information for virtually any patio or walkway undertaking you can think of. An extensive materials and design section helps you wrap your head around all the upfront planning, and the over 30 step-by-step patio, walkway, and landscape projects within are illustrated with detailed, brand-new photographs to guide your progress along the way. Whether you prefer more traditional materials--interlocking blocks and pavers, poured concrete, flagstone, loose gravel and mulch--or you want to be on the cutting edge of the industry with new artificial pavers, geogrid synthetics, and pervious concrete, we've diligently updated this guide to include it all. Finished with a new ending chapter that shows you how to fully customize your DIY patio or walkway, the inspiration inside Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios perfectly aligns with all the needs of today's do-it-yourself homeowner.
Complete step-by-step instructions help you achieve a sustainable, efficient, and attractive yard.
The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Landscape Projects is a hardworking, comprehensive manual for renovating, building, and "greening up" your landscape. Inside, you'll find complete directions for time-tested landscape building projects as well as new environmentally sustainable projects. From designing your landscape to putting the finishing touches on an arbor or custom gate, everything you need for landscaping success is right here.
Learn how to make and install: compost bins, garden walls, dry beds, rain gardens, water features and irrigation, patios and walkways, all the most popular styles of fencing, and more. You can build a sustainable, low-cost yard with the most efficient, cost-effective methods and products with the help of this book. Just because you live in the city and don't own a half-acre plot doesn't mean you can't have a spectacular landscape. In this updated, new edition you will find a special section just for small yards and urban settings. Jump right in and build the landscape of your dreams!
Learn how to do all of your own home repairs with this comprehensive, visual guidebook!
When something breaks in your house, finding and hiring an expensive repairman shouldn't be the only option for homeowners. Next time your faucet springs a leak or that bedroom doorknob punches a hole in your drywall, fix it yourself with help from The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: a one-volume encyclopedia of do-it-yourself fixes that will save you money, time, and frustration. With 350 projects offering clear instructions and over 2,000 photos to guide you through common repairs, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair is your one-stop DIY manual.
Formatted in a compact size and arranged by general subject matter, this comprehensive book includes directions for repairing the primary trouble spots: plumbing, wiring, windows and doors, flooring, furnaces, water heaters, wall coverings, and more. You'll find lists of necessary tools as well as expert tips.
A few of the repairs covered include:
Repairing water damaged walls and ceilings
Removing wall and ceiling surfaces
Installing entry doors
Replacing a water heater
Quieting noisy pipes
Replacing a toilet
Troubleshooting home wiring
Home codes change often; that's why this fourth edition of The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair has been scrupulously updated to conform to the most recent guidelines for plumbing, wiring, and structural and mechanical systems. No other handbook of home repairs can make such a claim. When you flip open this book, you're getting the most up-to-date advice available.
The only outdoor kids' project book that features complete step-by-step plans and color photos, this easy-to-use guide shows you exactly how to do the job. And a thorough section on building kids' projects safely will ensure you are doing it right. The customizable projects cover a range of DIY skill levels, from beginner to advanced intermediate.
Just a few of the entertaining projects:
• Sand boxes
• Jungle gyms
• Tree swing
• Swing sets
• Skateboard ramp
Build some of these play structures and provide countless hours of outdoor entertainment for your kids.
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up.
Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere. Featuring full-color step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book features full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation, more kit greenhouses, and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely from upcycled building materials- the greenest greenhouse you'll find!
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses gives an updated look at new materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, helps you make good design choices. Complete sections on heaters, ventilation and watering systems show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit. Building a greenhouse, even a relatively complex "stick-built" style is a surprisingly easy DIY project and one that is sure to delight any gardener in your family.