Homeowners no longer need to panic at the prospect of repair and maintenance! With this informative and well- organised guide readers have the knowledge and instruction they need to deal with or prevent scores of the most common household problems. Its 340 full-colour photographs and step-by-step instructions show you how things work, what can go wrong, and whether there is a quick fix. Readers find out when it's necessary to call in experts and when they can do the work themselves. From painting to electrical work, plumbing, and maintenance, this book makes home repair and maintenance projects easy, providing clear, commonsense ways to save time and money. Topics covered in this title include: guidance on assessing the problem; essential information on tools, supplies and techniques; how to paint; fixing scratches, squeaks, scrapes and chips; repairing leaks and clogs; dealing with mould, mildew, moss and dry rot; external work; and, running an energy-efficient home.