All home improvements donâ€™t require a contractor. Installing a smoke detector, painting a room, and unclogging a sink are all home improvements. In fact, doing the job yourself is often cheaper and always more rewarding. Thereâ€™s no mystery to home repair. The most important tool you need to make home repairs is know-howâ€”to fix the problem at hand and to buy the other tools and hardware youâ€™ll need!Home Improvement For Dummies is a whole-house repair manual for everyone from fledgling do-it-yourselfers to seasoned handymen and women. This anybody-can-do-it approach will help you with a repair that needs fixing right away or get you started on a project youâ€™ve been planning. This book is for you if you need advice on these topics and more:Painting and decoratingCarpentryPlumbing and electricalOutside repairsBuilding shelvesTilingInsulatingCalculate how much a repair will cost you, and know when to hire a pro. With clear illustrations that walk you, step by step, through projects, Home Improvement For Dummies helps you: Refinish and stain woodRepair squeaky stairsInstall floor tilesImprove your homeâ€™s energy efficiencyMaintain and upgrade plumbingInstall an outdoor sprinkler systemInstall a ceiling fanMaintain central air conditioning and heatingWhether you just have a few pesky projects you want to fix quickly or you want to become a home-improvement expert, this easy-to-follow guide gives you everything you will ever need to know. A helpful appendix is packed with online resources that let you network with other do-it-yourselfers.