Overwhelmed by books

DIY And Home Improvement Books

The Handyguys discuss their favorite DIY and home improvements books.

Overwhelmed by booksThe Handyguys have quite a selection of home improvement books that have accumulated over the years. We can’t talk about all of them but we would love to highlight our favorites. You need to listen to the podcast for our commentary on each handyman book. You can get these excellent books through Amazon. You can look for them at your library, book store or home center but they are not always in stock.  And, watch out for the shortened versions of the Black & Decker books.

Electrical books

Black and Decker Complete Guide to Wiring Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring

Plumbing books

Black and Decker Complete Guide to Plumbing Black & Decker Complete Guide to Plumbing

General home improvement books

Complete DIY Manual New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual
Helpful Hints The Family Handyman: Helpful Hints

Basement Book

Remodeling a Basement

Advanced books

JLC Field Guide volume 1 JLC Field Guide to Residential Construction – Volume 1
JLC Field Guide to Residential Construction – Volume 2

Home Improvement magazines

Family Handyman Magazine
Fine Homebuilding Fine Homebuilding

Bad Books

Oh, and what are the bad books? There are a lot of mediocre books out there, some which have not been updated to account for newer products and codes. Avoid these books which gave been recalled:

The books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers

Title ISBN Publication Date
AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-00180-1 January 2006
Lowes Complete Home Improvement and Repair 978-0-376-00922-7
September 2005
December 1999
Lowes Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-00928-9 May 2008
Sunset Basic Home Repairs 978-0-376-01581-5
February 1995
January 1975
Sunset Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-01594-5 December 1999
Sunset Complete Patio Book 978-0-376-01411-5
January 2006
January 1998
April 1990
Sunset Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-01258-6
October 1998
February 1985
Sunset Water Gardens 978-0-376-03849-4 January 2004
Sunset You Can Build – Wiring 978-0-376-01596-9 January 2009