How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded

Understand how to maintain everything in your home—including the kitchen sink

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.

  • Illustrated guidance on electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows
  • Includes a wealth of additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability and outside the house
  • Features new topics that include clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, LED lamps, motion-activated light switches, and passive solar heating
  • Presented in a richly illustrated with full-color drawings

With see-through, cross-section drawings that show you how things are put together and how they function, How Your House Works supplies you with the knowledge that just might save you having to call in a professional.

Community Review

  • This is a fantastic book for some people, and likely useless for others; so if you’re gifting this, know your recipient!

    First and foremost: this is NOT a repair manual. While it does include some basic tips on general repairs, this is nowhere near the same as having a repair manual for the exact appliance or system you have in your home. HOWEVER, if you’re the type of person who only needs to understand how something works to begin to repair it yourself, this book will absolutely come in handy!

    While I’d say every home owner *should* at least be familiar with the inner workings of the things in their home, this book is not necessarily for every home owner. Hint: if you or your gift recipient frequently hire handy- or repairmen for what would be a common or basic repair for most, skip this!

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