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The Best DIY And Home Improvement Books

April 4, 2018
The Best DIY Books

“What are the best DIY and Home Improvement books?” We looked at 120 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 10 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best DIY” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 10 DIY Books



10 .) Black + Decker Home Repair & Improvement by Editors of Cool Springs Press

Lists It Appears On:

  • Scrappy Geek
  • Wonderful Engineering

BLACK+DECKER The Book of Home How-To is a comprehensive home reference book with all of the information you need to perform just about any home repair or improvement project you can dream of. And even though it boasts 600 densely packed pages of reliable DIY instructions, this brick of a book will still fit into your toolbox. This book is an A-to-Z encyclopedia with precise how-to instructions and clear photos on every page. With an expanded index of keywords that is intuitive and a simple, alphabetical strategy for organizing the information, you won’t spend precious time wading through stuff you don’t need to know. And all the most common tasks around your home are covered, including electrical, plumbing, flooring, walls, windows and doors, cabinetry, insulating, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, and much more. BLACK+DECKER The Book of Home How-To: it’s incredibly easy to use because it thinks like you do. Plus, it is portable so you can take it with you wherever the work is being done.

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9 .) Collins Complete DIY Manual by Albert Jackson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Book People

This collection contains all you need to know about practically every DIY job you can tackle, from changing a plug to re-wiring a house, and from painting a wall to building one.

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8 .) Home Improvement 1-2-3

Lists It Appears On:

  • Full Home Living
  • Wonderful Engineering

Home Improvement 1-2-3 is a workbench classic. The new edition—more than 600 projects, thousands of color photos, detailed illustrations, charts, and graphs, and a 90-minute DVD—offers up-to-the-minute solutions for homeowners tackling home repair, maintenance, and improvement. Chapters cover painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical system, walls and ceilings, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, shelves, countertops, insulation, weatherproofing, exterior maintenance, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. Clear, concise instructions accompanied by detailed how-to photographs ensure success no matter what your skill level. Every project offers tips, shortcuts, and advice on buying and using tools and materials, working safely, avoiding common mistakes, saving time and money, and developing skills. Home Improvement 1-2-3 also reviews new tools, technology, materials, and installation techniques.

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7 .) Home Improvement for Dummies by Gene Hamilton & Katie Hamilton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wonderful Engineering
  • Wonderful Engineering

“All home improvements don’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. There’s no mystery to home repair. The most important tool you need to make home repairs is know-how—to fix the problem at hand and to buy the other tools and hardware you’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 you’ve been planning.”

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6 .) Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parts Warehouse

“From his unique vantage point as editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, the hub of the newly invigorated do-it-yourself movement, Mark Frauenfelder takes readers on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of DIY. The Internet has brought together large communities of people who share ideas, tips, and blueprints for making everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to pedal- powered iPhone chargers to an automatic cat feeder jury-rigged from a VCR.

DIY is a direct reflection of our basic human desire to invent and improve, long suppressed by the availability of cheap, mass-produced products that have drowned us in bland convenience and cultivated our most wasteful habits.

Frauenfelder spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering a path that was simple, direct, and clear. Working with their hands and minds helped them feel more engaged with the world around them. “

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5 .) Reader’s Digest Fix It Yourself Manual by Reader’s Digest Association

Lists It Appears On:

  • Real Simple
  • Scrappy Geek

The indispensable reference guide for every homeowner, guaranteed to help you maintain and improve your home while saving time and money. Covering everything from replacing faulty faucets and showerheads to curing the quirks of an air conditioner, this book provides step-by-step illustrated instructions, plus a comprehensive chapter on tools.

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4 .) Renovation 4th Edition by Michael Litchfield

Lists It Appears On:

  • Full Home Living
  • Wonderful Engineering

“When it comes to home renovation, there’s no substitute for experience. Renovation 4th Edition contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of contractors, architects and tradespeople who shared their first-hand experience with Mike Litchfield as he interviewed and photographed them on job sites across North America.

As a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books, and a home renovator himself, Litchfield was able to record lifetimes of practical, field-tested solutions and trade secrets from the cream of the cropthe pros that other pros admire.

Both first-time renovators and professionals who want to supplement their knowledge of specific trades will find Renovation 4th Edition invaluable. R4 reflects the new realities of planning carefully, spending wisely, maximizing space and building durably. Its 614 pages contain extensively revised chapters on planning; doors, windows and skylights; electrical wiring; and energy conservation. Its illustrations are crisp and informative. And its 1000+ photos were selected from more than 40,000 that the author has taken over the years.”

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3 .) 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know by Editors of Family Handyman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Full Home Living
  • Scrappy Geek
  • Wonderful Engineering

“The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.

The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. “

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2 .) How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home by Charlie Wing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Full Home Living
  • Parts Warehouse
  • XO Jame

“How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home’s systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. How Your House Works uncovers the mysteries behind just about every major appliance and building element in your house. Clear, full-color drawings show you exactly how these things should be put together and how they function, including what to check if they don’t work.

Covering topics such as electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows, this updated Second Edition has considerable additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability in and outside the house, as well as new topics, including clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and passive solar heating.”

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1 .) The Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual by Reader’s Digest and The Family Handyman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Full Home Living
  • Health Line
  • Parts Warehouse
  • Scrappy Geek
  • XO Jame

“The bestselling, most comprehensive guide to home improvements has been revised and updated once again since it’s revision in 2005. Over 10 million copies of READER’S DIGEST COMPLETE DO-IT-YOURSELF MANUAL have been sold since it’s original publication in 1973. In 2005, the manual got bigger and better than ever, when The Family Handyman and Reader’s Digest joined forces and completely revised, updated, rewrote, and redesigned this home improvement classic. Now in 2014, The Family Handyman has once again updated and revised this do-it-yourself classic to make it relevant to today’s homeowners and DIYers..

Written in a style of text that addresses readers in a very accessible, conversational tone for easy, user-friendly assistance with every do-it-yourself task. All instructions and materials have been updated to address current codes (electrical, plumbing and building), and revised to indicate the very latest in materials, tools, and technology. “

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The 100+ Additional Do It Yourself Books



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
11
101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home
Health Line
12 A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space Elsie Larson Goodreads
13 A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects Mr. Kate Goodreads
14 A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder Michael Pollan
Parts Warehouse
15 All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House David Giffels
Parts Warehouse
16 Allegra Hicks Allegra Hicks
My Domaine
17 AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook
Handy Guys Podcast
18 Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy Home Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban
My Domaine
19 Auto Repair for Dummies Deanna Sclar Real Simple
20 Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills Abigail R. Gehring Goodreads
21 Beyond Chic Ivan Terestchenko
My Domaine
22 Big Book of Home How-To Better Homes & Gardens
Wonderful Engineering
23 Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day Laurie Henzel Goodreads
24 Color Abigail Ahern
My Domaine
25 Contemporary Furniture Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker
The Book People
26 Country Living Gardener Gardening Basics Ken Beckett Real Simple
27 Country Wisdom and Know-How: A Practical Guide to Living off the Land M. John Storey
Parts Warehouse
28 Crafting with Wood Pallets Health Line
29 Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More! Christen Haden Goodreads
30 Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home Emily Schuman
My Domaine
31 D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself: A Design Handbook Ellen Lupton Goodreads
32 Dare to Repair, Replace & Renovate Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet Real Simple
33 Design*Sponge at Home Grace Bonney Goodreads
34 DIY Bitters Health Line
35 DIY Solar Projects Health Line
36 DIY Wood Pallet Projects Health Line
37 DIY Woven Art Health Line
38 Do-It-Yourself Woodwork in the Home Mike Collins
The Book People
39 Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy Deborah Needleman Goodreads
40 Fix-It-Yourself Manual Readers Digest
Wonderful Engineering
41 Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community Heather Flores Goodreads
42 Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More Barbara Blair Goodreads
43 Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt Megan Nicolay Goodreads
44
Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens
Goodreads
45
Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
Goodreads
46 Home Chic India Mahdavi
My Domaine
47 Home Repair Wisdom & Know-How Editors of Fine Homebuilding
The Book People
48 How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum Keri Smith Goodreads
49 How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The Easy Natural Way Using Only Hand Tools and the Woods around You W. Ben Hunt
Parts Warehouse
50 I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence Amy Sedaris Goodreads
51 I Spy DIY Style: Find Fashion You Love and Do It Yourself Jenni Radosevich Goodreads
52 Kitchen & Bath Renovation Guide
Full Home Living
53 Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects Lotta Jansdotter Goodreads
54 Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to Linoleum Lotta Jansdotter Goodreads
55 Love the House You’re In
Full Home Living
56
Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair
Handy Guys Podcast
57 Lowe’s Complete Home Wiring
Handy Guys Podcast
58 Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life Jenna Woginrich Goodreads
59
Make It Right: Expert Advice on Home Renovations
Full Home Living
60 Make It Up
Joybilee Farm
61 Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills Raleigh Briggs Goodreads
62 Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Chris Anderson Goodreads
63 Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World Kelly Coyne Goodreads
64 Making Stuff and Doing Things: A Collection of DIY Guides to Just About Everything Kyle Bravo Goodreads
65 Natural Color
Joybilee Farm
66 Nomadic Furniture James Hennessey Goodreads
67 One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! Rebecca Yaker Goodreads
68 Ortho’s Home Improvement Encyclopedia Ortho Brooks
Wonderful Engineering
69 Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book Jason Thompson Goodreads
70 Popular Mechanics 500 Simple Home Repair Solutions Norman Becker XO Jame
71 Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-To Albert Jackson and David Day
Parts Warehouse
72 Printing Lena Corwin Goodreads
73 ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer Shoshana Berger Goodreads
74 Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook CrimethInc. Goodreads
75
Remodel Without Going Bonkers or Broke
Full Home Living
76 Rhapsody Kelly Wearstler
My Domaine
77 Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work Matthew B. Crawford
Parts Warehouse
78 Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People Amy Sedaris Goodreads
79 Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up Marie Kondō Goodreads
80 Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Austin Kleon Goodreads
81 Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker Debbie Stoller Goodreads
82 Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters Debbie Stoller Goodreads
83 Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource Alex Wrekk Goodreads
84 Styled Emily Henderson
My Domaine
85 Sunset Basic Home Repairs
Handy Guys Podcast
86 Sunset Complete Home Wiring
Handy Guys Podcast
87 Sunset Complete Patio Book
Handy Guys Podcast
88 Sunset Home Repair Handbook
Handy Guys Podcast
89 Sunset Water Gardens
Handy Guys Podcast
90 Sunset You Can Build – Wiring
Handy Guys Podcast
91 The Alchemy of Herbs
Joybilee Farm
92 The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre! Carleen Madigan Goodreads
93 The Beeswax Workshop
Joybilee Farm
94 The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects Doug Cantor Goodreads
95 The Big-Ass Book of Crafts Mark Montano Goodreads
96 The Complete Book of Home Organization Toni Hammersley
Wonderful Engineering
97
The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home
Full Home Living
98
The Complete Guide to Home Inspection
Scrappy Geek
99 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Auto Repair Vyvyan Lynn and Tony Molla Real Simple
100 The Craftsman Richard Sennett
Parts Warehouse
101 The Do-It-Yourself Homestead
Joybilee Farm
102 The Encyclopedia of Country Living Carla Emery Goodreads
103 The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing; Log Cabin Building; Mountain Crafts and Foods; Planting Eliot Wigginton Goodreads
104 The Guerilla Art Kit Keri Smith Goodreads
105 The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room Ana White Goodreads
106 The Kinfolk Home Nathan Williams
My Domaine
107 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondō Goodreads
108 The New Wildcrafted Cuisine
Joybilee Farm
109 The Repurposed Library Lisa Occhipinti Goodreads
110 The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City Kelly Coyne Goodreads
111
The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling
Full Home Living
112 The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures Adrianna Adarme Goodreads
113 Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide Scott Kellogg Goodreads
114 Troubleshooting Your PC for Dummies Dan Gookin Real Simple
115 Upcycling Max McMurdo
The Book People
116 Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have Danny Seo Goodreads
117 What Your Contractor Can’t Tell You
Full Home Living
118 Why We Make Things and Why it Matters:The Education of a Craftsman Peter Korn
Parts Warehouse
119 Wreck This Journal Keri Smith Goodreads
120 Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update Show Your Home Some Love Sherry Petersik Goodreads


12 Best Home Improvement Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Full Home Living Best Home Renovation & Remodeling Books
Goodreads Popular Diy Books
Handy Guys Podcast DIY And Home Improvement Books
Health Line Our Favorite DIY Books
Joybilee Farm The Best DIY Books of the Last 12 Months
My Domaine If You Own These 9 Home Décor Books, You Don’t Need a Decorator
Parts Warehouse 11 of the Best DIY Books You’ll Ever Read
Real Simple 6 Helpful Do-It-Yourself Books
Scrappy Geek Best DIY Home Improvement Books
The Book People DIY Books for Beginners – The Perfect House Warming Gift!
Wonderful Engineering 10 Best Books For Home Repair And Improvement
XO Jame Best Home Repair Books for the Reluctant Handy Woman in Training

 

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