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Home Maintenance, Repair and Improvement

Tracer Bullet 95-3


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Home maintenance, repair, and improvement can be an ongoing challenge to most homeowners. Although many proud "nesters" have made do-it-yourself a way of life, to many others, sorting through the maze of "how-to" books can be as daunting as the repair job itself. From unclogging drains to renovating the attic, there are books to suit every need and level of experience. For the "do-not-do-it-yourselfer," there are also books on how to select and hire a contractor and how to estimate costs realistically. Books included in this literature guide deal mostly with upgrading and repair, although some books and journals on redecorating and remodeling have also been included as part of "improving."

Many publishers of do-it-yourself home repair and improvement books issue entire series of such works, covering many topics. Since some libraries and bookstores shelve series volumes together, series titles are provided where applicable at the end of the description.

Not meant to be a comprehensive bibliography, this Tracer Bullet is designed -- as the name of the series implies -- to put the reader "on target."

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INTRODUCTIONS TO THE TOPIC

The Good housekeeping household encyclopedia. Edited by Carolyn E. Forte. New York, Hearst Books, c1993. 336 p.
   TX158.G63 1993 <SciRR>
   See especially: chapter 5, "Decorating and Design," and 6, "Maintenance and repair" (p. 155-256)

Jackson, Creed Delano. The intelligent remodeler: a quick-start for today's remodeler. Boston, American Homebuilders Pub. Co., c1991. 177 p.
   TH4816.J34 1991

Johnson, Duane. How a house works. Pleasantville, N.Y., Reader's Digest Association, c1994. 192 p.
   TH6010.J64 1994

McClintock, Michael. Mike McClintock's home sense care & repair almanac. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, 1989. 464 p.
   TH4817.3.M343 1989

Owen, David. The walls around us: the thinking person's guide to how a house works. New York, Villard Books, 1991. 308 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH4817.O89 1991

Preventive home maintenance: how to detect and prevent structural, electrical, plumbing, and other common problems in your home. The American Society of Home Inspectors and the editors of Consumer Reports Books. Mount Vernon, N.Y., Consumers Union, c1990. 132 p. (Homeowner's library)
   TH4817.P74 1990

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SUBJECT HEADINGS

Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on home improvement, maintenance and repair can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant

CARPENTRY--AMATEURS' MANUALS
DWELLINGS--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR--AMATEURS' MANUALS
DWELLINGS--REMODELING
   See also subdivisions "Maintenance and Repair" or "Remodeling" under kinds of objects, machinery, equipment, or structures, e.g.,Basements--Maintenance and Repair", "Foundations--Maintenance and Repair", " Roofs--Maintenance and Repair", " Porches--Maintenance and Repair", " Basements--Remodeling", " Garages- -Remodeling", " Attics--Remodeling"

ELECTRIC WIRING, INTERIOR--AMATEURS' MANUALS

PLUMBING--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR--AMATEURS' MANUALS
REPAIRING--AMATEURS' MANUALS
   See also subdivision "Amateurs' Manuals" under technical topics for works of instruction for nonprofessionals on how to acquire a skill or perform an operation, e.g., "Apartments--Maintenance and Repair--Amateurs' Manuals", "Carpentry--Amateurs' Manuals", " Interior Decoration--Amateurs' Manuals", "Woodwork--Amateurs' Manuals"

Relevant

DO-IT-YOURSELF WORK
ELECTRIC APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
ELECTRIC APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR--AMATEURS' MANUALS
ELECTRIC LIGHTING--AMATEURS' MANUALS
PLUMBING--AMATEURS' MANUALS
PLUMBING--REPAIRING

Related

APARTMENTS--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR--AMATEURS' MANUALS
ATTICS--REMODELING--AMATEURS' MANUALS
BATHROOMS--REMODELING
BUILDING MATERIALS
BUILDING--EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
DWELLINGS--UNITED STATES--REMODELING--FINANCE
DWELLINGS--REMODELING--FINANCE
DWELLINGS--REMODELING--EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
ELECTRIC WIRING--CHARTS, DIAGRAMS, ETC.
HOUSE FURNISHINGS--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR--AMATEURS' MANUALS
HOUSE PAINTING--AMATEURS' MANUALS
HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES, ELECTRIC--MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR--AMATEURS' MANUALS
INTERIOR DECORATION--AMATEURS' MANUALS
KITCHENS--REMODELING
LIVING ROOMS--AMATEURS' MANUALS
TOOLS
WOODWORK--AMATEURS' MANUALS

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BASIC TEXTS

Gladstone, Bernard. The Simon and Schuster complete guide to home repair and maintenance. New York, Simon and Schuster, c1984. 431 p.
   TH4817.3.G56 1984 <SciRR>

Home repair handbook. By the editors of Sunset Books and Sunset magazine. Menlo Park, Calif., Lane Pub. Co., c1985. 192 p.
   TH4817.3.S96 1985

Hufnagel, James A. The Stanley complete step-by-step book of home repair and improvement. New York, Simon & Schuster, c1993. 478 p.
   TH4817.3.H84 1993 <SciRR>

McCormick, Dale. Housemending: home repair for the rest of us. New York, Dutton, c1987. 232 p.
   TH4817.3.M35 1987

Reader's Digest home improvements manual. Pleasantville, N.Y., Reader's Digest Association, c1982. 384 p.
   (Not in LC collection)

Schnaser, Gene. The home repair emergency handbook. Dallas, Tex., Taylor Pub. Co., c1992. 174 p.
   TH4817.S28 1992

Time-Life Books complete fix-it-yourself manual. New York, Prentice Hall Press, c1989. 448 p.
   TH4817.3.T553 1989 <SciRR>

Time-Life Books complete home improvement and renovation manual. By the editors of the Time-Life Home repair and improvement series. New York, Prentice Hall Press, c1991. 479 p.
   TH4816.T56 1992

Vandervort, Donald W. Home magazine's how your house works. New York, Ballantine Books, c1995. 222 p.
   TH4817.V36 1995

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SPECIALIZED TEXTS

Carpentry

Armpriester, Kate, and B. A. Bremer. The homeowner's guide to carpentry and cabinetry. New York, Sterling Pub., 1990. 246 p.
   TH5607.A7 1990

Basic carpentry. By the editors of Sunset Books. 3rd ed. Menlo Park, Calif., Sunset Pub. Co., c1995. 112 p.
   TH5607.B373 1995

Carpentry, remodeling, framing & installing doors & windows, removing & building walls. Created by the editors of Cy DeCosse Incorporated, in cooperation with Black & Decker. Minnetonka, Minn., Cy DeCosse, c1992. 128 p. (Black & Decker home improvement library).
   TH5607.C35 1992

Ehrlich, Jeffrey, and Marc Mannheimer. The Carpenter's manifesto. Rev. and updated. New York, Henry Holt, c1990. 331 p.
Includes bibliographical references.
   TH5606.E38 1990 <SciRR>

Giles, Carl H., and Barbara Giles. Home exteriors: a do-it-yourselfer's guide. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1992. 178 p.
   TH2231.G55 1992

Hildebrand, Ron. Ortho's basic home building: an illustrated guide. San Ramon, Calif., Chevron Chemical Co., Ortho Books, Consumer Products Division, c1991. 352 p.
   TH4815.H56 1991

Williams, T. Jeff. Basic carpentry techniques. Created and designed by the editorial staff of Ortho Books. San Francisco, Ortho Books, c1981. 112 p.
   TH5606.W48

Electrical Wiring

Advanced home wiring. Minnetonka, Minn., Cy DeCosse, c1992. 128 p. (Black & Decker home improvement library)
   TK9901.A34 1992

Advanced wiring. By the editors of Time-Life Books. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, 1989. 128 p. (Home repair and improvement)
   TK3285.A38 1989

Armpriester, Kate. Do your own wiring. New York, Sterling Pub., Co., 1991. 123 p.
   TK3285.A49 1991

Basic wiring. By the editors of Time-Life Books. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, c1994. 128 p. (Home repair and improvement)
   TK9901.B38 1994

Basic wiring & electrical repairs. Minnetonka, Minn., Cy DeCosse Inc., c1990. 128 p. (Black & Decker home improvement library)
   TK9901.B39 1990

Clifford, Martin, and Jerrold R. Clifford. The new handbook for electricians: based on the 1993 NEC. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice Hall, c1993. 358 p.
   TK3275.C55 1993 <SciRR>

Ferm, Olaf G. Ferm's fast finder index: guide to 1990 National Electrical Code plus many valuable time saving charts & formulas. Spokane, Wash., FFI, LP Publishers, c1990. 351 p.
   TK260.F46 1990

George, Steve, and John Lowe. Basic wiring techniques. Created and designed by the editorial staff of Ortho Books. San Ramon, Calif., Ortho Books, c1993. 112 p.
   TK9901.G46 1993

Guide to the 1993 National Electrical Code. Revised by Paul Rosenberg. New York, Macmillan; Toronto, Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York, Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993. 609 p.
   TK3275.G85 1993 <SciRR>

Holzman, Harvey N. Modern residential wiring. South Holland, Ill., Goodheart-Willcox, c1993. 288 p.
   TK3285.H65 1993 <SciRR>
   "Based on the 1993 NEC."
   A 1996 update is in press.

Home electrical wiring and maintenance made easy. American Association for Vocational Instructional Materials (AAVIM). Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1986. 269 p.
   TK3285.H66 1986 <SciRR>

Lenk, John D. Simplified electrical wiring design handbook: basics, conductors, raceways, wireways, busways ... . Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice Hall, c1993. 343 p.
   TK3271.L46 1993 <SciRR>

Lighting & electricity. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, c1987. 144 p. (Fix it yourself)
   TK9921.L54 1987

Markell, Jeff. Residential wiring to the 1993 NEC. 3rd ed. Carlsbad, Calif., Craftsman Book Co., c1993. 344 p.
   TK3285.M17 1993
   Rev. ed. of Residential wiring, (c1987).
   A 1996 update is in press.

Meyers, L. Donald. Chilton's guide to home wiring & lighting. Radnor, Penn., Chilton Book Co., 1986?, c1980. 178 p.
Originally published as Chilton's complete home wiring & lighting guide.
   TK3285.M48 1986 <SciRR>

Mullin, Ray C. Electrical wiring, residential. 11th ed. Albany, N.Y., Delmar Publishers, c1993. 504 p.
   "Based on the 1993 National Electrical Code"
   TK3285.M84 1993

Richter, H. P., and W. Creighton Schwan. Practical electrical wiring: residential, farm, and industrial. 16th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, c1993. 643 p.
   TK3271.R48 1993 <SciRR>
   "Based on the 1993 National electrical code."

Schultz, Morton J. Wiring, basic repairs, advanced projects. Passaic, N.J., Creative Homeowner Press, c1981. 160 p.
   TK9901.S38

Traister, John E. Residential electrician's handbook. Carlsbad, Calif., Craftsman Book Co., c1988. 240 p.
   TK3285.T73 1988

Wood, Robert W. Home wiring from start to finish. 2nd ed. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1993. 230 p.
   TK3285.W67 1993 <SciRR>

Plumbing

Armpriester, Kate. Do your own plumbing. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., 1991. 128 p.
   TH6124.A76 1991

Better homes and gardens step-by-step basic plumbing. Editors, Larry Clayton, Jim Harrold. Des Moines, Iowa, Meredith Corp., c1981. 96 p. (Better Homes & Gardens books)
   TH6124.B47

Day, Richard. Do-it-yourself plumbing--it's easy with Genova. Davison, Mich., Genova, c1987. 159 p.
   TH6124.D356 1987

Henkenius, Merle. Homeowner's complete guide to plumbing. Danbury, Conn. Grolier Book Clubs, c1989. 308 p.
   TH6124.H47 1989

Home plumbing projects & repairs. Minnetonka, Minn., Cy DeCosse Inc., c1990. 128 p. (Black & Decker home improvement library)
   TH6124.H613 1990 <SciRR>

Kittle, James L. Home plumbing made easy: an illustrated manual. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1987. 259 p.
   TH6124.K55 1987

Leavy, Herbert T. Parker's illustrated home guide to plumbing. West Nyack, N.Y., Parker Pub. Co., c1978. 238 p.
   TH6124.L4 <SciRR>

McConnell, Charles. The home plumbing handbook. 4th ed. New York, Macmillan; Toronto, Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York, Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992. 206 p.
   TH6124.M39 1992 <SciRR>

Schultz, Morton J. Modern home plumbing: repairs, improvements, and projects. Upper Saddle River, N.J., Creative Homeowner Press, c1992. 160 p.
   TH6124.S38 1992

Wehrman, Robert. Basic plumbing techniques. Created and designed by the editorial staff of Ortho Books. San Ramon, Calif., Ortho Books, c1993. 112 p.
   TH6124.W45 1993

Wood, Robert W. All thumbs guide to home plumbing. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1992. 130 p.
   TH6124.W66 1992

Woodson, R. Dodge. National plumbing codes handbook. New York, McGraw-Hill, c1993. 285 p.
   TH6125.W56 1993 <SciRR>

Consumer Information

Bianchina, Paul. How to hire the right contractor. Yonkers, N.Y., Consumer Reports Books, c1991. 164 p. (The Homeowner's library)
   KF902.Z9B53 1991 <LAW>

Gonzalez, Steve. Ready, set, build: a consumer's guide to home improvement planning & contracts. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Women's Publications, c1993. 107 p.
   TH4816.G65 1993

Levinson, Ellis. Hiring contractors without going through hell: how to find, hire, supervise, and pay professional help for home renovations and repairs. New York, Walker, 1992. 174 p.
   TH4816.L47 1992

Philbin, Tom. How to hire a home improvement contractor without getting chiseled. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1991. 363 p.
   TH4817.P486 1991

Pollan, Stephen M., and Mark Levine. The big fix-up: how to renovate your home without losing your shirt. New York, Simon & Schuster, c1992. 239 p.
   TH4816.P65 1992

Santucci, Robert M., Brooke C. Stoddard, and Peter Werwath. A consumer's guide to home improvement, renovation, and repair. New York, Wiley, c1990. 270 p.
   TH4816.S26 1990

Spiegel, Monroe, and Robert L. Berko. Consumers guide to home repair grants and subsidized loans. South Orange, N.J., Consumer Education Research Center, c1990. 208 p.
   HG2040.4.S65 1990

Cost and Estimates

The Bluebook of cleaning, reconstruction, and repair costs. 1963- Westminster, Calif., Insurance Industries Pub. Co. (annual).
   TH4817.B56

Engelsman, Coert. Residential cost manual. 1979- New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold. (annual).
   TH4812.E54

Exterior home improvement costs: a practical pricing guide for homeowners and contractors. New revised ed. Editors, Howard Chandler and others. Kingston, Mass., R. S. Means Co., c1994. 242 p.
   TH4816.E95 1994

Home improvement cost guide. R. S. Means Company, Inc. 2nd ed., Consumers Union ed. Mount Vernon, N.Y., Consumers Union, c1989. 257 p.
Rev. ed. of Means home improvement cost guide.
   TH4816.H652 1989 <SciRR>

Home repair & remodel cost guide. 5th annual ed. Los Angeles, Marshall & Swift, c1995. 165 p.
   TH4815.8.H66 1995

Home-Tech remodeling and renovation cost estimator. 1965- Bethesda, Md., Home-Tech Publications. (annual).
Issued in 2 v. v. 1. Field manual; v. 2. Manager's manual.
   TH4816.H654

Interior home improvement costs: a practical pricing guide for homeowners and contractors. Editors, Howard Chandler and others. New rev. ed. Kingston, Mass., R. S. Means Co., c1994. 210 p.
   TH4816.I57 1994

Lew, Alan E. Means interior estimating. Kingston, Mass., R. S. Means Co., c1987. 265 p.
   TH435.L678 1987

Means estimating handbook. Kingston, Mass., R. S. Means Co., c1990. 905 p.
   TH435.M42 1990

Means repair & remodeling cost data. 1979- Kingston, Mass., R. S. Means Co. (annual).
   TH3411.R6a <SciRR>

Means residential cost data. 1980- Kingston, Mass., R.S. Means Co. (annual).
   TH4815.8.M43 <SciRR>

Ringwald, Richard C. Means heavy construction handbook: a practical guide to estimating and accounting methods, operations/equipment requirements, hazardous site evaluation/remediation. Kingston, Mass., R. S. Means Co., c1993. 433 p.
   TA210.R56 1993

Time & material repair & remodeling estimator. 1986- Alhambra, Ill., TAME-CO., Inc. (annual).
   TH4817.T55

Specific Rooms

Bathrooms. By the editors of Time-Life books. Alexandria, Va., Time Life Books, c1994. 128 p. (Home repair and improvement)
   TH4816.3.B37B42 1994

Bianchina, Paul. Attic, basement, and garage conversion: a do-it- yourselfer's guide. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1990. 189 p.
   TH4816.3.A77B52 1990

Branson, Gary D. The complete guide to remodeling your basement : how to create new living space the professional way. White Hall, Va., Betterway Publications, c1990. 170 p.
   TH4816.3.B35B73 1990

Conran, Terence. Original designs for bathrooms and bedrooms. New York, Simon & Schuster, c1989. 95 p.
   TH4816.3.B43C66 1989
   Terence Conran's do-it-yourself with style.

DuBern, Roger. The DIY bathroom book. Electrics section by Geoffrey Burdett. London, Boston, Newnes Technical Books, 1984. 96 p.
   TH6485.D83 1984

Kitchen & bathroom plumbing. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, c1987. 144 p. (Fix it yourself)
   TH6507.K58 1987

McGowan, John. The DIY kitchen book. Electrics section by Geoffrey Burdett. London, Boston, Newnes Technical Books, c1984. 96 p.
   TH4816.M29 1984

Murrell, Robin. Small kitchens: making every inch count. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1987, c1986. 168 p.
   TX653.M87 1987

Original designs for living rooms and work spaces. Consulting editors, John McGowan and Roger DuBern. New York, Simon & Schuster, c1989. 95 p.
Terence Conran's do-it-yourself with style.
   NK2117.L5O7 1989

Ramsey, Judy, Dan Ramsey, and Charles R. Self. The complete book of bathrooms. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1986. 308 p.
   TH6485.R36 1986

Tools and Materials

Jacobs, David H. Home improvement tools & equipment. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1994. 156 p.
   TH4816.J35 1994

Mahieu, Louis J. The plumber's toolbox manual. New York, Arco; Distributed by Prentice Hall, c1989. 310 p. (Arco's on-the-job reference series)
   TH6299.M34 1989

Miller, Rex. The electrician's toolbox manual. New York, Arco; Distributed by Prentice Hall Trade, c1989. 364 p. (Arco's on the job reference series)
   TK3201.M55 1989

Philbin, Tom. Tom Philbin's do-it-yourself bargain book: how to save 50% - and more- buying products and materials by America's #1 do-it-yourself expert.
   TS400.P479 1992
   New York, Warner Books, c1992. 234 p.

Popular mechanics encyclopedia of tools & techniques. Edited by Steven Willson. New York, Hearst Books, c1994. 352 p.
   TT186.P66 1994

Portable power tools. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books; Montreal, New York, St. Remy Press, c1992. 144 p. (The Art of woodworking)
   TT186.P67 1992

Schultz, Mort J. Repairing & maintaining yard equipment & power tools. New York, Wiley, c1994. 192 p.
   TJ1195.S38 1994

Vila, Bob. This Old House guide to building and remodeling materials. New York, Warner Books, c1986. 486 p.
   TH4816.V539. 1986

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RELATED TITLES

Coffee, Frank. The best kits catalog: top-of-the line, time-tested kits for constructing practically anything. New York, HarperPerennial, c1993. 264 p.
   TT157.C525 1993

Dixon, Graham. The dishwasher manual: DIY plumbing, maintenance, repair. Sparkford, Nr. Yeovil, Somerset, England, Haynes Pub. Group; Newbury Park, Calif., Haynes Publications, 1990. 112 p.
   TX657.D6D58 1990

Ettlinger, Steve. The complete illustrated guide to everything sold in hardware stores. New York, Collier Books; Toronto, Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York, Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993. 432 p.
   TS405.E77 1993 <SciRR>

Floors and stairways. By the editors of Time-Life Books. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, 1995. 128 p. (Home repair and improvement)
   TH2528.F577 1995

How things work in your home (and what to do when they don't). By the editors of Time-Life Books. New York, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, c1985. 368 p.
   Bibliography: p. 358-359.
   TH4817.3.H677 <SciRR>

Jackson, Albert, and David Day. Popular mechanics home how to weatherproofing and insulation. New York, Hearst Books, c1989. 80 p.
   TH1715.J22 1992

O'Brian, Michael. The simple fix-it book. New York, Berkley Books, c1993. 199 p.
   TX298.O26 1993

Outdoor maintenance & repairs. Fort Lee, N.J., Sharon Publications; Distributed by Sharon Marketing, c1976. 92 p.
   TH4817.3.O88

Percival, Bob. The how-to-do-it encyclopedia of painting & wallcovering. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1982. 263 p.
   TT320.P53 1982

Philbin, Tom. Home fix-it secrets of the pros. New York, Dutton, c1980. 178 p.
   TH4817.3.P42 1980

Price, Bernard. Do-it-yourself projects from attic to basement. New York, Popular Science Books; Emmaus, Pa., Distributed by Rodale Press, c1986. 328 p.
   TH4816.P75 1986

Ross, Sharon. Painting & wallpapering. Created and designed by the editorial staff of Ortho Books. San Ramon, Calif., Ortho Books, c1995. 96 p.
   TT323.Y43 1995

Schnaser, Gene. The home repair emergency handbook. Dallas, Taylor Pub. Co., c1992. 174 p.
   TH4817.S28 1992

Schultz, Morton J. Fix it yourself for less. Yonkers, N.Y., Consumer Reports Books, c1993. 198 p. (The Homeowner's library)
   TX298.S37 1992

Small appliances. Alexandria, Va., Time-Life Books, c1988. 128 p. (Fix it yourself)
   TK9901.S58 1988

Sperling, Phyllis, and Lupe DiDonno. How to redesign & renovate your house or apartment. New York, Knopf; Distributed by Random House, 1991. 353 p.
   Bibliography: p. 340-341.
   TH4816.S64 1991

Storage. By the editors of Time-Life Books. Alexandria, Va., Time- Life Books, c1985. 128 p.
   TX309.S76 1985

Tenenbaum, David. Painting, patching, and wallcovering toolbox manual. New York, Prentice Hall, c1991. 338 p.
   TT323.T46 1991

Williams, Gene B. Chilton's guide to large appliance repair and maintenance. Radnor, Pa., Chilton Book Co., c1986. 255 p.
   TK9901.W474 1986

Williams, Gene B. Chilton's guide to small appliance repair and maintenance. Radnor, Pa., Chilton Book Co., c1986. 256 p.
   TK9901.W475 1986

Wood, Robert W. All thumbs guide to repairing major home appliances. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., TAB Books, c1992. 130 p.
   TK9901.W657 1992

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HANDBOOKS, ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES

America's handyman book: a basic do-it-yourself guide to the repair, maintenance, and improvement of the home. By the staff of the Family handyman magazine. 2nd rev. ed. New York, Scribner, c1980. 405 p.
   TH4817.3.A43 1980 <SciRR>

Better homes and gardens complete guide to home repair, maintenance & improvement. Des Moines, Iowa, Meredith Corp., c1980. 552 p.
   TH4817.3.B48 <SciRR>

Complete handyman do-it-yourself encyclopedia: a compilation of new and previously published special interest projects and manuals for the repair and care of homes, auto, appliances, hobby equipment. By the editors of Science & mechanics. Westport, Conn., H. S. Stuttman, c1983. 21 v.
   TT9.C65 1983 <SciRR>

Home and auto do-it-yourself encyclopedia: a manual of home, auto, and appliance projects for construction, repair, and servicing from the 21 volume Complete do-it-yourself handyman [i.e. Complete handy-man do-it-yourself] encyclopedia. By the editors of Science & mechanics. New York, H. S. Stuttman Co., c1975. 512 p.
   TT9.H66

McGowan, John, and Roger DuBern. The Good housekeeping illustrated book of home maintenance. New York, Hearst Books, c1985. 240 p.
   TH4817.3.M36 1985 <SciRR>

Ortho's home improvement encyclopedia. Created and designed by the editorial staff of Ortho Books; project editor, Alan Ahlstrand; writers, Robert J. Beckstrom, John Reed. Rev. and updated. San Ramon, Calif., Solaris Group, c1994. 511 p.
   TH4816.O78 1994 <SciRR>

Singer, Kurt, and Ced Gordon. The dictionary of household hints & helps. New York, Grosset & Dunlap, c1974. 414 p.
   TT151.S42

Village technology handbook. Volunteers in Technical Assistance. 3rd ed. Arlington, Va., VITA, c1988. 422 p.
   Bibliography: p. 413-422.
   TH148.V64 1988 <SciRR>

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BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Katz, William A., and Linda Sternberg Katz. How to: 1400 best books on doing almost everything. New York, R. R. Bowker, 1985. 377 p.
   Z6151.K38 1985 <SciRR>

Nueckel, Susan. Selected guide to make-it, fix-it, do-it-yourself books. New York, Fleet Press Corp., 1973. 213 p.
   Z6151.N83

Sargent, Sy. Managing the how-to collection and learner's advisory services: a how-to-do-it manual for librarians. New York, Neal-Schuman, c1993. 146 p. (How-to-do-it manuals for libraries, no. 32)
   See especially: Bibliography, p. 137-144.
   Z675.T3S26 1993

Vance, Mary A. Kitchens: recent journal articles. Monticello, Ill., Vance Bibliographies, 1989. 8 p. (Architecture series--bibliography, A-2214)
   Z7914.D87V34

Vance, Mary A. Maintenance and repair of buildings: a bibliography. Monticello, Ill., Vance Bibliographies, 1983. 21 p. (Architecture series-- bibliography, A-982)
   Z7914.B9V3548 1983

Vance, Mary A. Remodeling: a bibliography of periodical articles. Monticello, Ill., Vance Bibliographies, 1980. 68 p. (Architecture series-- Bibliography; A-295)
   Z7914.B9V359

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ABSTRACTING AND INDEXING SERVICES

Abstracting and Indexing Services that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Some suggested terms are given as aids in searching. The following indexes are available in most public and college libraries:

Handicraft/hobby index. (1980- )
   Microfiche (o) 95/1572 <N&CPR>

Heim, Mary Ellen. Make it II: an index to projects and materials, 1974- 1987. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1989. 542 p.
   Z7911.H4 1989 <SciRR> <MRR Alc>
   "Supplements Joyce Shield's original volume, Make it: an index to projects and materials (Scarecrow, 1975)."
   List of books indexed: p. 1-29.

Holt, Grady Lynn. The Garland how-to-index. New York, Garland Pub., 1985. 275 p. (Garland reference library of the humanities, v. 573)
   Z6152.H65 1985 <MRR Alc>

The Home index. (1984-86) annual.
   Z7914.D87H64 <SciRR>

Index to how to do it information. (1963- ) annual.
   Z7913.I64 <SciRR>
   See: House
   House Building
   House Maintenance and Repair
   House Painting
   See also: Types of houses, e.g., "Log House", "Solar House"

Lovell, Eleanor Cook. Index to handicrafts, modelmaking, and workshop projects.
   Boston, Faxon, 1936-
   Z7911.L89 <SciRR>

Magazine index
   (Available in several formats at LC)
   See: Dwellings--Decoration, Painting, etc.
   Dwellings--Maintenance and Repair
   Dwellings--Dwellings--Decoration, Painting, etc.
   See also: Headings for individual rooms followed by the subheadings
   "--Remodeling, Restoration, etc.", "--Maintenance and Repair", "-- Decoration, Painting, etc.", e.g., "Bathrooms--Remodeling, Restoration, etc.", "Kitchens--Decoration, Painting, etc.", and "Attics--Maintenance and Repair"
   See also: Types of work to be done, e.g., Plumbing, Electrical Wiring, etc.

Readers' guide to periodical literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <MRR> <B&E> <N&CPR>
   See: Electric Wire and Wiring
   Houses--Maintenance and Repair
   Building Materials
   Plumbing
   See also: Names of various rooms, e.g., Kitchens, Utility Rooms, Basements; and under the names of the item(s) to be repaired followed by the sub-heading "Maintenance and Repair", e.g., Windows--Maintenance and Repair, Sidewalks-Maintenance and Repair, etc.

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JOURNALS

Journals that often contain relevant articles include the following:

Better Homes & Gardens Improvement Ideas (Better Homes & Gardens)
NA7205.B45
Do It Yourself (Better Homes & Gardens) TH4817.D6
The Family Handyman TX323.F35
Home Building & Remodeling TH4805.H63
Home Improvement (Woman's Day) WMLC 93/4622
Home Magazine's Best Ideas Kitchen & Bath (Formerly Home Magazine's Best Bath Ideas, and Home Magazine's Best Kitchen Ideas)

TH4816.3.K58H64
TH4816.3.B37H66
TH4816.3.K58H65

Home Magazine's Best Ideas. Remodeling, Design, Decorating TH4816.H65247
Home Magazine's Building/Remodeling Planner TH4805.H652
Home Magazine's Remodel TH4816.H6525
Home Mechanix T1.M46
Popular Mechanics T1.P77
Practical Homeowner (1987-93)
Formerly Rodales New Shelter (1980-86), and Rodale's Practical Homeowner (1986-87),
TH4805.P73
TH4805.R64
TH4805.R66
Remodeling Ideas (Better Homes & Gardens) TH4816.B47
Weekend Home Improvement Projects (Woman's Day) WMLC 93/4617
Workbench GV1201.W64

Product Information

Consumers Digest TX335.A1C648
Consumer Reports TX336.A1C6
Custom Kitchen Planner TX655.C87
Home Products Guide (Better Homes & Gardens) TH4816.H6527
Kitchens & Baths New Products Ideas TX656.K526
Sweet's Catalog File: Products For Home Building and Remodeling TH455.S85 <SciRR>

Ideas and Inspiration

American Homestyle & Gardening (formerly Decorating Remodeling (1983-93) and American Homestyle (1993-94))
NK2002.D4
Better Homes & Gardens NA7100.B45
Country Home TH4850.C68
Decorating Ideas (Woman's Day) TX311.W65
Home TX311.H77
House Beautiful NA7100.H65
Kitchen and Bath Ideas TH4816.K58
Southern Living F206.S855
Sunset F851.S95
Traditional Home NK2002.T73
Weekend Decorating Ideas (Woman's day) WMLC 95/134
Weekend Decorator (Woman's day) WMLC 93/5183
Weekend Projects (formerly Decorating Projects) (Woman's Day) WMLC 93/4168

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REPRESENTATIVE JOURNAL ARTICLES

Butler, Gale Goodson. How to finance your remodeling. Remodeling ideas, fall 1993: 49-51.
   TH4816.B47

Choosing home design software. Better homes and gardens, v. 73, Apr. 1995: 139.
   NA7205.B45

Creating a home office. Home improvement, v. 4, no. 1, 1994: 105-112.
   WMLC 93/4622

Feirer, Mark. Job-site safety. Fine homebuilding, v. 34, Aug. 1986: 51-55.
   TH4805.F55

How to save thousands on your home improvements. Consumers digest, v. 34, May/June 1995: 33-48.
   TX335.A1C648

Levine, Leslie. How it works: your home's electrical system. Home improvement, v. 4, no. 1, 1994: 22-24.
   WMLC 93/4622

Low cost, high-impact kitchen improvement projects. Kitchen and bath ideas, summer 1993: 77-81.
   TH4816.K58

Maximizing your remodeling dollar. Kitchen and bath ideas, winter 1992/1993: 80-82.
   TH4816.K58

Money-saving strategies to improve your home. Remodeling ideas, summer 1993: 45-48.
   TH4816.B47

Philbin, Tom. How to buy home improvement products: tips from a black-belt bargain hunter. Home mechanix, v. 89, Sept. 1993: 79-84.
   T1.M46

Philby, Gred. Taming the moisture monster: dry solutions for damp basements. Do it yourself, spring 1991: 74-78.
   TH4187.D6

Spring, Paul. Floors of hardwood. Remodel, May 1990: 50-53.
   TH4816.H6525

Sweeney, Thomas F. Gutter talk. Practical homeowner, v. 6, Nov./Dec. 1991: 16, 20, 22.
   TH4805.P73

Williams, Gurney. Allergy proofing your home. Practical homeowner, v. 6, Feb. 1991: 22-24
   TH4805.P73

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SELECTED MATERIALS

Selected materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Alvarez, Mark. What's it worth to you? Remodel, May 1990: 8-11.

Barnes, John T. Home improvements for less than $100. New choices for retirement living, v. 34, June 1994: 64-69.

Barnhart, Roy. A practical homeowner's survival kit: nearly every tool you'll need to maintain your home. Practical homeowner, Mar. 1991: 50-52.

Binsacca, Rich. Small bath solutions. Practical homeowner, May/June 1992: 72-75.

Clark, Sam. Designing a functional kitchen. Fine homebuilding, v. 14, Apr. 1983: 54-57.

Crane, Joseph. Critter-proof your home. Practical homeowner, July/Aug. 1992: 62,66.

Cryan, Shelley. Remodeling by computer. Remodeling ideas, spring 1993: 19-25.

Dalphonse, Sherri. The Homeowner's survival guide: here are more than 200 people and companies who can help when the roof leaks or the paint starts to peal. Services that find you good help, and more. Washingtonian, v. 23, December 1987: 252-257, 259, 261, 263.

Friedman, Gail. The Homeowner's survival guide: here are more than 200 people and companies who can help you when the roof leaks, the tv breaks, or your windows need cleaning. Plus advice on who can fix your valuables, services that can find you good help, and more. Washingtonian, v. 19, July 1984: 187-190, 192-194, 196-197.

Good housekeeping home improvement guide. Good housekeeping, v. 218, Apr. 1994: 169-182.

High style for savvy spenders: 20 tight-budget beauties for your kitchen. Kitchen and bath ideas, fall 1993: 40-43.

Kimball, Herrick. Making plastic-laminate countertops. Fine homebuilding, v. 75, June/July 1992: 60-65.

McClintock, Mike. Read all about it: a sampling of new home how-to books. Washington Post, March 2, 1995, Washington home: 7.

Oseka, Juliet. Using software for summer projects. PC novice, v. 6, June 1995: 44, 46-48.

Paperhanging basics: lean how to make wallcovering a room a simple project for one weekend. Weekend decorating projects, v. 5, no. 3: 16, 18.

Phair, Matthew. The perfect patio: how to install concrete pavers for a patio that'll last forever. Home mechanix, v. 91: 39-44.

A Practical guide to home improvement projects. Sunset ideas for improving your home, spring-summer 1978: 117-140.

Smart shopper's guide to cabinetry. Kitchen and bath ideas, summer 1992: 66-69.

Toht, David. W. Old-house restoration on a budget. Remodeling ideas, winter 1993/1994: 59-61.

Wissinger, Joanna. Cleaning solutions. Homeowner, v. 15, May 1990: 52-54.

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ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
1201 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 800-368-5242

National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC)
180 S. Washington Street
P.O. Box 6808
Falls Church, VA 22040
Telephone: 800-533-7694

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
780 Lee St, Suite 200
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Toll Free: 800-611-NARI (6274)
Phone: 847-298-9200
Fax-On-Demand: 877-685-NARI (6274)

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
687 Willow Grove Ave.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Telephone: 800-401-6522

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