Updated Aug. 2020
Sometimes when you’re planning, or working on a do-it-yourself home improvement project you find that you just need a bit of quality information on how things work in order to proceed–like electrical, plumbing, or basic construction.
So today, I’d like to help you do just that.
Below you’ll find three of the best do-it-yourself reference books on the market. I’ve been using these great DIY books since they were first published, and, I’m still using, loaning, and recommending them to friends today.
All three books are inexpensive, easy to understand, and are loaded with excellent photos and descriptions.
Whether you want to just learn the basics, or take on some advanced DIY projects, these are the best DIY books to own.
Anyway you look at it, having these DIY home improvement guides on hand will surely help you succeed.
And remember, for answers to your specific questions, just ask your DIY Consultant.
Three Best DIY Books
Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring
This fantastic DIY reference and learning guide and has over 700 easy to understand photographs and diagrams, making it an invaluable tool for the DIY’er.
It covers all the basics such as, how electricity works, how electrical circuits works, electrical terms, how a home’s electrical system is set up, electrical circuit breaker panels, wiring switches, outlets, GFIs, lights, and fans, as well as information on DIY electrical tools, safety, security systems, home theaters and surround-sound systems.
It also covers most types of wire, cables, and conduits. As well as many types of DIY electrical repairs such as, plugs, cords, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and much, much more.
I bought this book when it was first published, and it taught me all the DIY electrical basics when I first started out, and I’m sure it will do the same for you. Enjoy!Buy on Amazon
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Plumbing
This book is filled with so many excellent pictures, diagrams and explanations that you’ll probably never need to buy another DIY plumbing book again.
It explains not only how a plumbing system works, but breaks it down into the water supply system, and the waste/venting system. You’ll learn how to install basic plumbing, add new plumbing, make repairs, and even how to solder.
Plus, the how to install bathroom and kitchen sinks, all types of faucets, toilets, garbage disposals, dishwashers, water heaters, bath tubs, showers, washing machines, and more. As well, it covers the how to of DIY plumbing repairs, such as– toilets, sprayers, aerators, leaks, drains, and so much more.
It also covers the how to of working with Pex, piping (cross-linked polyethylene) the bendable water supply tubing that’s taking over a major portion of the DIY market. As well as working with PVC pipe, copper pipe, outdoor flexible pipe, iron pipe, and most plumbing fittings.
From basic repairs to advanced renovations, this is the best plumbing book I’ve ever found for the DIY homeowner.Buy on Amazon
Black & Decker Working with Drywall like a Professional
It takes you step by step on how to hang and finish drywall. It also teaches you how to make professional repairs. There’s a section on types of drywall, tools, corners, arches, ceiling and sofits.
The drywall section includes drywall basics, hanging drywall, drywall finishing, and drywall repairs. This includes taping, mudding and finishing techniques. There’s also a section on priming and paintingIf that’s not enough, there’s a section on basements, water damage repairs and sound proofing.This book has tons of full-color photos, and easy to understand step by step instructions that will ensure yousucceed with speed.Buy on Amazon
If you have questions about your DIY projects, just ask your personal DIY Consultant.