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Providing a complete review of cottonwood, the most commonly used form of bark, this guide addresses the unique challenges and benefits of carving tree bark and offers information on what to expect from this atypical wood source, including the best places to find it. An important section on troubleshooting teaches carvers what to do when they encounter rot or insect damage in their bark. One complete project, the Whimsical House, is outlined from start to finish. Close-up photography and instructional captions are included for added guidance. A full-color photography review offers a glimpse at the range of projects possible for this unusual material.
The title says it all! Wiring Complete, 3rd Edition, covers everything homeowners need to know about practically any wiring scenario imaginable, from simple switches to outdoor lighting. Updated to the latest code. Co-authored by two well-known experts in the field, this second edition of the original best seller has been updated to the latest electrical code (NEC, 2017). And there's more detailed coverage of today's hot topics, including: expanded sections on receptacles, switches, and lighting the latest information on remote thermostats details on the changing world of multimedia wiring Unique, do-it-yourself approach. What separates Wiring Complete from other guides is its straightforward approach and accessible design that allows you to: quickly look up a project gather all the information on how to tackle it easily access advice from a licensed electrician and identify what to do should something go wrong Reliable information and how-to instructions. With 875 photos and 60 illustrations, Wiring Complete 3rd Edition provides highly visual instruction on wiring projects that homeowners want to do themselves, such as: switches and receptacles, wall sconces, phone jacks, fans, kitchen appliances, and more. A must-have for every home. Much more than a how-to reference, Wiring Complete, 3rd Edition is like having your own personal electrician on call, 24/7.
Roy Underhill brings to woodworking the intimate relationship with
wood that craftsmen enjoyed in the days before power tools.
Combining historical background, folklore, alternative technololgy,
and humor, he provides both a source of general information and a
detailed introduction to traditional woodworking. Beginning with a
guide to trees and tools, "The Woodwright's Shop" includes chapters
on gluts and mauls, shaving horses, rakes, chairs, weaving wood,
hay forks, dough bowls, lathes, blacksmithing, dovetails,
panel-frame construction, log houses, and timber-frame
construction. More than 330 photographs illustrate the text.
A woodland craftsman's workshop should bring immense pleasure and the tools and devices that furnish it are unique to woodland work and have formed the heritage of woodland crafts that we have today. Following on from his successful book Woodland Craft, woodsman Ben Law explains what makes a good workshop, outlines the key tools needed, gives information on how to sharpen them and shows us how to make an array of fascinating devices from scratch. Projects include: peeling jig, pole lathe, woodsman's grip, cleaving brake 16 step-by-step woodland device projects Beautiful photography and illustrations A foundation book for every green woodworker to use as reference Coupled with interesting titbits of historical and practical information, this is an invaluable guide for every green woodworker.
Henri de Marne is among America's best-known experts on every aspect of home ownership. For 32 years, people have depended on him for answers to questions such as:. What should I do when moss is growing on the north side of a roof?. How can I stop the toilet tank from sweating?. How can I paint a basement floor and not have the paint peel off?. What is the best way to get rid of carpenter ants?. Where can I get replacement hardware for my old windows?. Why have my windows been steaming up ever since I installed a new furnace? The one disadvantage of a column, of course, is that you don't necessarily save all those columns, to be handy when you need the information. This is a big collection -- probably the most complete handbook for homeowners that has ever been published -- and in the same conversational, easy-to-understand language that readers have come to expect over the years.
Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects shows you how to create the most enjoyable and impressive projects you've ever made-and they all start with a simple strip of duct tape. Build furniture, bags, outdoor items and more using simple tools and materials, with no special engineering skills needed. Start with duct tape basics that will aid in assembly: Learn cutting and tearing methods and taping techniques (yes, there's more to it than slapping it down). Discover how to make sturdy duct tape sheets that can be cut and shaped. Using easily accessible tools and supplies like a utility knife and heavy-duty cardboard boxes, try your hand at making a desk and desk chair. Grab some foam and make a backpack, or create a custom hammock. Build a geodesic dome, and go truly epic with a giant pyramid catapult. Every project includes step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams and photos. Don't miss Lance Akiyama's tips and suggestions for supplies, project variations, and material substitutions. Follow the solid construction techniques and you'll ensure that these DIY projects will become favorite classroom activities and family projects. Among the projects are: A lightweight bed frame and full-size dresser with working drawers Outdoor pieces like a hammock and garden swing A heavy-duty toolbox with pockets galore, and a stylish two-color messenger bag Ballistics, including a slingshot A kayak! These projects are real, they work, and are super fun. Roll up your sleeves and let the engineering begin!
The debate over the merits of power tools vs. hand tools has raged for years, but the bottom line is that you need both to be a successful woodworker. Machinery provides efficiency for labor-intensive tasks such as sawing and planing, whereas hand tools are used to create fine details that machines can't duplicate. Power tools don't replace hand tools, they complement them. In Woodworking with Power Tools, expert craftsmen and craftswomen explain how they choose, maintain, and use every kind of power tool, from tablesaws to plunge routers, bandsaws to bench planers. There's advice on tool maintenance, techniques for getting the most from your tools, and projects made using power tools. With clear photographs drawings, and step-by-step instructions, Woodworking with Power Tools will be an essential resource for anyone who works wood. You'll learn how to: tune up your tablesaw choose bandsaw blades for resawing get started with your plunge router install dust collection in a small shop cut easy angled tenons get better cuts with your planer build a perfect picture frame, an elegant bookcase, and a pedestal dining table
Although better than nine out of ten boats afloat today are made of fiberglass, a significant minority of boaters believe that a boat isnt a boat unless its made of wood. Wooden boats have character. Wooden boats are real. Wooden boats are living things, not plastic stampings from the corporate cookie cutter. But new wooden boats are priced beyond the reach of most families, and building from scratch takes more time and energy than many people have. The alternative, buying a tired old wooden boat and fixing it up, is harder than it sounds because the available information is written for skilled craftsmen using traditional methods and materials to restore antique boats to museum standards--worlds away from the needs of the average boater. Enter author Jim Trefethen, who rebuilds wooden boats in Marblehead, Massachusetts, using modern materials and methods, such as epoxy laminations, to replace traditional heavy timber framework. Written for the novice, this book tells the reader how to select the right boat; establish a work schedule and budget; buy the right tools and equipment; select alternatives to endangered tropical rainforest woods; repair and modify the hull, topsides, deckhouse, masts, and interior; when, why, and how to use fiberglass; paint and refinishing; repairing electrical and mechanical systems, and more.
Discover your inner genius and learn how to transform unwanted junk into unique and creative garden designs with designer, upcycler and entrepreneur Max McMurdo. Following the success of his first book Upcycling, Max has turned his thoughts to the outdoors with this truly inspirational collection of inventive projects, each built from recycled materials and unwanted 'spare parts'. Whether you want to create a firepit from bicycle wheels, an outdoor plant display from a painted dressing table, or fashion a potting shed from three vintage doors, Max provides invaluable know-how on the tools, techniques and materials required to take you on an outdoor creative journey. Some of the projects involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, while others require a weekend of outdoor activity. Above all, every one of the 20 projects is designed to get you upcycling and recycling as you create designs that bring hours of pleasure to your garden.
This imaginative collection provides complete themes to copy easily
onto a wood surface. Illustrated instructions show how to trace,
enlarge or reduce, and transfer designs; add color, and apply
finishes. Patterns feature wildlife, landscapes, seascapes,
close-ups of flowers and fruits, holiday symbols, as well as
borders, multisided themes, and details to enhance any
Find out what a screw thread is and how it functions. Gain a good understanding of screw threads and the techniques used to cut them in wood and then apply them to any project you want. Part one covers techniques, such as: cutting screw threads on a lathe; using jigs; using hand-held cutter; cutting coarse and fine threads; using commercial tools; making your own alternatives; internal and external screw threads; and international screw thread standards. Part two puts the techniques into practice in specific projects designed to help the reader understand screw threads, their purpose and uses in wood. Projects include: a wooden bolt; a threaded spindle; a screw-top box; and a walking stick joint.
Written by seasoned builders from across the country, this revised edition of Foundations & Concrete Work features 17 new articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, all focused on helping builders form and pour the absolute highest-quality foundations. more than 375 on-the-job photos and drawings 272 pages chock-full of advice, tips, and tricks from the world's most foremost home building experts from Fine Homebuilding magazine, the most respected residential construction magazine in the country. Foundations & Concrete Work, is the only book on the subject that builders will ever need!
You open the kitchen cabinet, reach for the jar of peanut butter, and there on its top are mice droppings. What's the safest means to be rid of the mice? In "Ask the Bugman," Board Certified Entomologist Richard Fagerlund offers advice on pest control drawn from answers to commonly asked questions in his nationally distributed newspaper column. For mice, live traps are best, using oatmeal as bait. Never use poisons or glue boards. He also encourages preventive measures to plug the holes mice use as entrances.
With thirty-years' experience in pest control, Fagerlund offers suggestions for controlling nearly fifty common (and a few not so common) pests found in and around the home. The questions are divided into categories including disruptive pests, destructive pests, biters and stingers, reptiles and rodents, and garden and household bugs. But what separates "Ask the Bugman" from other such books is its environmental ethic, which is carefully laid out in the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Typical IPM methods include habitat modification, improved sanitation, and the use of less-toxic, pest-specific baits. As alternatives to harmful chemicals, he counsels use of home remedies, provides a number of these, and includes others sent in by readers of his column. Ten original sketches of common household pests give readers an appreciation of their appearance.
A burglary takes place on average every 30 seconds. This book will show you how you can reduce the risk of it happening to you. There is a lot that the average person can do to protect themselves, their family and their property. This book will show you how to perform a security review on your home and lifestyle: - how to identify a range of vulnerabilities, threats and risks; and - how to take the countermeasures that will make it highly unlikely that you become a victim of crime. The measures are mostly simple, and all are designed to be implemented with the minimum of cost and effort. Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Undertaking a House Security Review; 3. Securing Your Home While You Are Away; 4. Good Neigbours are an Asset; 5. Threats from Bogus Callers; 6. If the Worst Happens; 7. Implementing Your Chosen Coutermeasures; Useful websites; Index.
This book offers hundreds of ideas for turning a backyard into an outdoor living area. Taunton's best-selling "Idea Book" series has sold more than 2.5-million copies. Featured ideas range from outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to innovative and clever solutions for outdoor storage and play areas. Everyone wants more from their homes and that means expanding the liveable space to the outdoors. In fact, homeowners are spending more time and money than ever on their gardens. This book brings together hundreds of fresh ideas and unique solutions for making the most of outdoor space. The inspiration is limitless for small to extensive projects. It is brimming with ideas for porches and patios, outdoor rooms for dining and entertaining, garden rooms, all types of sheds and outdoor buildings and more. Add natural pool settings and picturesque outbuildings to the mix and readers will delight in this outdoor design guide. A new sidebar features a DIY project for more hands-on homeowners.
In today's home decor, matched furniture is out and individuality is king. Whether these pieces are coming from a flea market, vintage fair, attic, or thrift shop, transforming them into one-of-a-kind home accents takes only a little DIY creativity and attitude. In Junk Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed, author and "Queen of Junk" Sue Whitney provides inspiration for reimagining and refashioning vintage pieces into truly unique furniture and accessories. 30 projects presented here include clear, concise step-by-step instruction and photographs Requiring little to no skill to create and capable of being completed in a weekend or less, the projects are arranged based on where they will appear in the home An introductory section on techniques, tools, and supplies lays the groundwork for the woodworking, painting, staining, and crafting that will transform these items A shopper's guide presents tips and advice for selecting and collecting items to incorporate into your home.
In Owner building made easy, Tamara Aspeling takes the would-be owner-builder through all the steps involved in the process in a way that's logical, accessible and chronological. She leads through the apparent minefield of regulations, estimating, drawing-up of building contracts and dealing with contractors, suppliers and professional people to the end result – your new home, just as you envisaged it, built the way you wanted it and with the minimum of fuss and expense. The book deals with the preparation of plans, obtaining local authority approval, costing and estimating, putting the project out to tender and selecting a contractor as well as negotiating a building contract that’s fair to both owner and contractor. Filling a much needed gap in the South African market, Owner Building Made Easy shows the first-time owner-builder how to anticipate and thus avoid unexpected pitfalls, and follows the house-building or renovation process sequentially from design to completion. Where appropriate professional help might save costly headaches later, Aspeling says so, thereby helping to avoid expensive lessons in false economy.
This book contains a comprehensive range of data, which is required in the metalworking workshop and by those designing a wide range of engineered items, tools and machines. It provides, in a single concise volume, data that is only otherwise available by reference to many different sources or more expensive publications. For those involved in restoration work, the book also includes details of items not now used, and for which data is not easy to locate. Harold Hall was, for a number of years, the editor of Model Engineers' Workshop magazine and is the author of four previous books in this indispensable series.
Discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone and learn the tricks of the trade from a master craftsman.
No building material rivals stone for beauty, permanence, and enduring popularity. Builder Charles McRaven offers the benefits of his fifty years of stonework experience in Stonework, a book that will inform, entertain, and inspire anyone using or working with stone.
McRaven helps even first-time builders comprehend the intricacies of working with different stone types; choosing the most suitable stone; handling, cutting, and shaping stone; working with recycled stone; and using stone inside the home.
Stonework presents complete, fully illustrated instructions for:
* Using stone for gardens, paths, pools, and waterfalls
* Building walls, from simple to serpentine
* Making gateways, pillars, and doorways
* Using large stones as wall and landscape accents
* Installing stone steps for porches and entries
* Creating retaining walls
* Building bridges and walkways
Frame Carpentry from the editors of Fine Homebuilding provides the best field-tested information on framing efficiently, safely, and the right way the first time. No source of knowledge on framing is better respected or more widely followed than that provided by the authors of Fine Homebuilding magazine. At 240 pages with more than 350 illustrative on-the-job photos and drawings, Frame Carpentry distills centuries of hands-on builder-tested methods and techniques as the finest builders in the country pass on their hard-won trade secrets for better construction. You'll learn how to: frame a gable wall build a hybrid timber-frame floor lay out and cut roof rafters choose the right header for a wall work with pressure-treated lumber The book covers the basics of framing, as well as more advnced techniqes on framing for energy efficienty, wind-resistant framing, and framing with double-stud walls. There is also up-to-date information on the latest framing tools and materials. Frame Carpentry will serve as your definitive guide to framing.
Woodworking Basics is the perfect introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood for those with little or no experience. The book covers all of the basic hand tools that a beginner will need and describes how to use each one, giving useful tips and expert advice along the way. Successful woodworking is all about best practice and this book shows how it is possible to create all manner of pieces with a very limited and inexpensive set of tools. Includes photos and diagrams to guide you through each project and technique. Also covered are the important techniques of accurate measuring and marking, gluing, sanding and making simple joints such as butt, lap, and mitres. 6 simple projects are included. Projects which can be made using the skills are covered: toolbox, shelf unit, table, cabinet, box, and picture frame.
If you love your tools, want to understand them, look after them, own the very best, and use them effectively, then this is the book for you. A complete visual guide featuring more than 800 images, and a foreword from Nick Offerman, The Tool Book pays homage to generations of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and know-how. It looks at tools from every angle, so you can understand the structure and make-up of your trusted tool, and includes illustrations of tools in action. Gallery pages display different types of hammer, spade, or chisel, and there's expert advice on what to look for when choosing a tool. Clear step-by-step photography walks you through how to use your tools like a pro, while easy-to-use charts provide tips on how best to care for them. The Tool Book explores, in loving detail, why each tool is the right tool for the job, and why it deserves pride of place in your tool shed, workshop, or studio.
Home is a haven, a place of refuge. But did you know it might be making you sick? If your home is cluttered, overwhelming, and full of chemicals, you need expert advice. Let Natalie Wise help detox your home with products that are healthy for you and your family. You'll find information on why you should start going organic now and the best organic cleaning products and supplies, where to find them, and how to make them. Start with the basics and work your way into every corner of your home . . . from tile grout to shower mold, how to clean lampshades to how to clean water bottles. There are recipes for cleaning nearly every surface in your home from the carpet to stuffed animals. Chapters include: The Kitchen The Bathroom The Living Room The Bedrooms The Laundry Room Clothing and Closets The Kids' Stuff The Home Office or Desk Area The Medicine Cabinet The Catch-All or Mud Room The House Itself: The Ins & Outs If you have questions about keeping an organic home, The Modern Organic Home has answers. You'll also learn storage and organization secrets to keep your home clutter-free, how to manage your time and budget, and why some old-fashioned remedies are still the modern organic way to keep home. Not only will you find your home cleaner and fresher than ever, it will be inviting, welcoming, and an altogether modern organic home. Now is the time to get started. "Keeping home is one of my favorite things. I love having a home that is bright, healthy, happy, and welcoming. Home is our refuge, our place of comfort at the end of a long day, when our hearts need a little refreshment. This is why keeping home is so important to me: my heart lives here. And the hearts of my family and friends. The world out there is harsh; full of heartache and distress. But my people and I deserve the best when we come home. Our home world will not be harsh; it will not be full of heartache and distress. And it sure as heck won't be full of chemicals."
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