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Books to Help You Become a Handyman

Mar 6, 2008
Just as watching American Idol won't make you a good singer, reading Handyman books might not make you a master repairman. However, these books will definitely teach you how to avoid costly mistakes. They will also give you important tips and shortcuts on how to get your repair work done.

The important thing to note is that handyman books are just visual indications to show you how you can do a job quickly and safely. But when all is said and done, it is your technical skill, which will be important for you to physically do the job correctly. Since most handyman books are written by experts in that field, they have already made all the mistakes, so you don't have to make them again.

Handyman books should therefore be treated as guides while attempting to repair or replace anything in your house. Also note that some jobs like electrical or plumbing work have to be done by a certified technician. So, attempting to do those might get you into legal trouble. Those jobs are better left to professionals with valid licenses.

However, there are many jobs such as sanding, painting, minor repair and construction work, etc, where these books can be very helpful. These books are also useful while doing carpentry jobs, where you might have to do framing and skinning jobs with ply.

The Internet has a good source of e-books. Many of these sites offer free handyman tips, which can be followed up. Whether you buy a handyman book, or you look it up the Net, it is important that you follow the instructions properly as they are displayed or written in the manual. Buy a book which explains all the technical terms in a simple way and which shows the entire procedure step-by-step.

Also note that many of the tools, especially in carpentry are sharp and could be dangerous if proper care is not taken while working with them. Wearing the right safety equipment like goggles and face mask are very essential to protect your eyes and lungs while cutting, drilling, sanding and painting. This equipment, if not worn, can damage your eyes and your lungs in the long run.

Also watch out when you are cutting lumber with an electric saw, as it can easily sever a finger or thumb. These problems can be avoided simply by paying attention to your work on hand and by not getting distracted while doing it. If done correctly, these home improvement jobs can save you a lot of money, which you would have shelled out to your handyman. It also gives you immense satisfaction of achieving something on your own. This can be a good outlet for your creativity and can reduce stress too.

So go ahead, get those handyman books, follow their tips, but when working - be alert.
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