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“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



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
11
101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home
Health Line
12A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring SpaceElsie LarsonGoodreads
13A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY ProjectsMr. KateGoodreads
14A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur BuilderMichael Pollan
Parts Warehouse
15All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down HouseDavid Giffels
Parts Warehouse
16Allegra HicksAllegra Hicks
My Domaine
17AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook
Handy Guys Podcast
18Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy HomeMaxwell Ryan and Janel Laban
My Domaine
19Auto Repair for DummiesDeanna SclarReal Simple
20Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional SkillsAbigail R. GehringGoodreads
21Beyond ChicIvan Terestchenko
My Domaine
22Big Book of Home How-ToBetter Homes & Gardens
Wonderful Engineering
23Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every DayLaurie HenzelGoodreads
24ColorAbigail Ahern
My Domaine
25Contemporary FurniturePopular Woodworking and American Woodworker
The Book People
26Country Living Gardener Gardening BasicsKen BeckettReal Simple
27Country Wisdom and Know-How: A Practical Guide to Living off the LandM. John Storey
Parts Warehouse
28Crafting with Wood PalletsHealth Line
29Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!Christen HadenGoodreads
30Cupcakes and Cashmere at HomeEmily Schuman
My Domaine
31D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself: A Design HandbookEllen LuptonGoodreads
32Dare to Repair, Replace & RenovateJulie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-TenetReal Simple
33Design*Sponge at HomeGrace BonneyGoodreads
34DIY BittersHealth Line
35DIY Solar ProjectsHealth Line
36DIY Wood Pallet ProjectsHealth Line
37DIY Woven ArtHealth Line
38Do-It-Yourself Woodwork in the HomeMike Collins
The Book People
39Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You HappyDeborah NeedlemanGoodreads
40Fix-It-Yourself ManualReaders Digest
Wonderful Engineering
41Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a CommunityHeather FloresGoodreads
42Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and MoreBarbara BlairGoodreads
43Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-ShirtMegan NicolayGoodreads
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
46Home ChicIndia Mahdavi
My Domaine
47Home Repair Wisdom & Know-HowEditors of Fine Homebuilding
The Book People
48How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life MuseumKeri SmithGoodreads
49How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The Easy Natural Way Using Only Hand Tools and the Woods around YouW. Ben Hunt
Parts Warehouse
50I Like You: Hospitality Under the InfluenceAmy SedarisGoodreads
51I Spy DIY Style: Find Fashion You Love and Do It YourselfJenni RadosevichGoodreads
52Kitchen & Bath Renovation Guide
Full Home Living
53Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy ProjectsLotta JansdotterGoodreads
54Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to LinoleumLotta JansdotterGoodreads
55Love the House You’re In
Full Home Living
56
Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair
Handy Guys Podcast
57Lowe’s Complete Home Wiring
Handy Guys Podcast
58Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade LifeJenna WoginrichGoodreads
59
Make It Right: Expert Advice on Home Renovations
Full Home Living
60Make It Up
Joybilee Farm
61Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting SkillsRaleigh BriggsGoodreads
62Makers: The New Industrial RevolutionChris AndersonGoodreads
63Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer WorldKelly CoyneGoodreads
64Making Stuff and Doing Things: A Collection of DIY Guides to Just About EverythingKyle BravoGoodreads
65Natural Color
Joybilee Farm
66Nomadic FurnitureJames HennesseyGoodreads
67One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!Rebecca YakerGoodreads
68Ortho’s Home Improvement EncyclopediaOrtho Brooks
Wonderful Engineering
69Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the BookJason ThompsonGoodreads
70Popular Mechanics 500 Simple Home Repair SolutionsNorman BeckerXO Jame
71Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-ToAlbert Jackson and David Day
Parts Warehouse
72PrintingLena CorwinGoodreads
73ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything: A Do-It-Yourself PrimerShoshana BergerGoodreads
74Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist CookbookCrimethInc.Goodreads
75
Remodel Without Going Bonkers or Broke
Full Home Living
76RhapsodyKelly Wearstler
My Domaine
77Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of WorkMatthew B. Crawford
Parts Warehouse
78Simple Times: Crafts for Poor PeopleAmy SedarisGoodreads
79Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying UpMarie KondōGoodreads
80Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeAustin KleonGoodreads
81Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy HookerDebbie StollerGoodreads
82Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of KnittersDebbie StollerGoodreads
83Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine ResourceAlex WrekkGoodreads
84StyledEmily Henderson
My Domaine
85Sunset Basic Home Repairs
Handy Guys Podcast
86Sunset Complete Home Wiring
Handy Guys Podcast
87Sunset Complete Patio Book
Handy Guys Podcast
88Sunset Home Repair Handbook
Handy Guys Podcast
89Sunset Water Gardens
Handy Guys Podcast
90Sunset You Can Build – Wiring
Handy Guys Podcast
91The Alchemy of Herbs
Joybilee Farm
92The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre!Carleen MadiganGoodreads
93The Beeswax Workshop
Joybilee Farm
94The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech ProjectsDoug CantorGoodreads
95The Big-Ass Book of CraftsMark MontanoGoodreads
96The Complete Book of Home OrganizationToni Hammersley
Wonderful Engineering
97
The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home
Full Home Living
98
The Complete Guide to Home Inspection
Scrappy Geek
99The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Auto RepairVyvyan Lynn and Tony MollaReal Simple
100The CraftsmanRichard Sennett
Parts Warehouse
101The Do-It-Yourself Homestead
Joybilee Farm
102The Encyclopedia of Country LivingCarla EmeryGoodreads
103The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing; Log Cabin Building; Mountain Crafts and Foods; PlantingEliot WiggintonGoodreads
104The Guerilla Art KitKeri SmithGoodreads
105The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every RoomAna WhiteGoodreads
106The Kinfolk HomeNathan Williams
My Domaine
107The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingMarie KondōGoodreads
108The New Wildcrafted Cuisine
Joybilee Farm
109The Repurposed LibraryLisa OcchipintiGoodreads
110The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the CityKelly CoyneGoodreads
111
The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling
Full Home Living
112The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade AdventuresAdrianna AdarmeGoodreads
113Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves GuideScott KelloggGoodreads
114Troubleshooting Your PC for DummiesDan GookinReal Simple
115UpcyclingMax McMurdo
The Book People
116Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already HaveDanny SeoGoodreads
117What Your Contractor Can’t Tell You
Full Home Living
118Why We Make Things and Why it Matters:The Education of a CraftsmanPeter Korn
Parts Warehouse
119Wreck This JournalKeri SmithGoodreads
120Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update Show Your Home Some LoveSherry PetersikGoodreads


12 Best Home Improvement Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
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