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.
Recent widow, having to learn about all the great things my husband used to take care of. Now, I’m on a learning crash course and while this book is a few years old, the pictures are…super great! Even fun to go through without needing to solve a problem (thankfully). And the guys I’ve shown it to are impressed with the book!
I bought this book after putting an offer on my first home. Now, six months later, it has saved us over $2000! The diagrams are super helpful, but the “Before You Call For Help” sections are a true lifesaver. Instead of calling a plumber when our shower wouldn’t stop leaking, we bought a $30 replacement part and fixed it ourselves. Instead of calling an electrician when half of our outlets didn’t work, we reset one GCFI switch across the house and they started to work. Most recently, our refrigerator stopped working out of nowhere. Instead of heading out to buy a new one, I pulled out the applicance section, we blew some dust out from under the fridge, and it was good as new! It is officially the only housewarming gift I’m ever going to get anyone. So helpful.
- 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!
This is a super-cool book. I’ve always wondered about a lot of things that you look at a repair person and think only they could figure out how it works. Even if you had to hire someone, isn’t it better to understand the workings and what they explain to you? And I am a visual-learner, so this is a great book. It takes all the mystery out of houses and boils it down to the basics and more.
When we bought our home, suddenly I was very interested in how things worked and how to fix things. While I don’t think this book gives you step by step instructions on how to fix something it does tell you the general principles about how things in your house work. I think this is valuable, besides for general knowledge, in that it could help you guess what might be wrong if there is a problem which may then lead you to the right step by step instructions online. The diagrams are fun to look at and will delight the amatuer engineer or mechanical evil genious in training.
This is an excellent reference for someone getting to know the home as a sum of parts. I bought this for friends who recently bought a new home and do not have construction experience. This text is an excellent overview and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to more intimately understand your home. It does not include specific maintenance procedures, so an ideal combo would be this book and Youtube searches for specific questions.
This is a very good book for someone who wants to learn more about the inner workings of their house. I’m definitely not a “do it yourselfer”, so this book was very helpful. It also has lots of amazing pictures, which really help explain the different topics.