Fix it Before it Breaks: A Seasonal Guide to Home Maintenance

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9780071430692: Fix it Before it Breaks: A Seasonal Guide to Home Maintenance

This book helps you protect the significant financial stake you have in your house.

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Conventional wisdom states that if it ain't broke, don't fix it; construction analyst and builder Kennedy breaks with tradition and suggests that homeowners should tackle problems while they are small and less costly -- good advice because major repairs are so costly. Kennedy shows what can go wrong with the average house from top to bottom, inside and out. Most readers (This reviewer included) will find several problem areas in or around their homes; luckily Kennedy not only describes these problems but also shows how to deal with them. The development of an ongoing personal maintenance plan is critical to prevent problems from developing. ... ( Library Journal 2004-09-01)

From Tricks of the Trade
by Leslie Mann, Special to the Tribune

To make your drywall mud flow easily, like cake icing, add a little dish soap. Then it smells better when you sand it too.

--Author Terry Kennedy, Author of "Fix It Before It Breaks" (McGraw-Hill, $19.95)

... Keep a simple toolbox and learn to use the basic hand tools. They are quieter, less dangerous and much faster than power tools for small jobs.

--Author Terry Kennedy

... Keep some canning paraffin (available at the grocery store) for sticking windows and drawers and dragging door bottoms.

--Author Terry Kennedy (Chicago Tribune 2004-06-25)

From the Publisher:

  • Views maintenance on a seasonable basis for the first time
  • Heavily supported with visuals for ease of understanding
  • Prepared by an experienced contractor and insurance company inspector
  • Checklists presented throughout to aid in maintenance planning and performance
  • Overview about hiring professionals incorporated into each chapter to help the reader decide when do-it-yourself is not the correct approach
  • Checklists of typical damage dangers and maintenance concerns available throughout the book. The sheets will guide the reader in what to watch for, where to look, and when to check for needed maintenance.
  • Points out when insurance and warranty agents should be contacted
  • Maintenance job rated difficulty scale from 1 to 5
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