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Best DIY Book List ... Ever

There’s a big difference between the <em>best</em> DIY books and the <em>best-selling</em> DIY books, and thankfully we’re here to separate the wheat from the chaff. How do we know the difference? Well, we like to read – and unlike some other online retailers (ahem!) we don’t have a stake in the bookselling business, which means we’re unbiased in our reviews of such things. So, what should be on your bookshelves when it comes time to repair your bookshelves? Let’s see: <strong>Big Book of Home How-To (edited by Larry Erickson)</strong> We’ve heard people say this is the biggest – as in most comprehensive – DIY book on the market and it’s a believable claim. With more than 200 step-by-step tutorials and upwards of 4,000 full-color images and illustrations, it will guide you through countless DIY projects big and small. <strong>The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair (edited by Bryan Trandem)</strong> Perhaps ironically, it doesn’t have as many pictures as the “Big Book” in it, but it has far more projects and also carries a well-respected reputation among DIYers. Information extends beyond simple building and repair skills and includes a workshop section with valuable reference tables and data diagrams. <strong>Collins Complete DIY Manual (by David Day and Albert Jackson)</strong> This is one of the best-selling DIY books of all time across the globe, and for good reason. The best thing about this book is that it considers all skill levels and presents material in a way that may allow for the DIY novice to grow into a master. <strong>New Fix-It-Yourself Manual (by Reader’s Digest Association)</strong> NOTE: This is <em>not</em> the <em>New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual</em>, also by Reader’s Digest, and there is a difference. In fact, there are lots of differences. The “FIY” is basically the 2009 update to what was already considered a standard-bearer of DIY books. Both books are great, but remember to get the yellow one – not the red one. <strong>The Big Book of Hacks (by Doug Cantor)</strong> Now, before you run out and buy this book, keep in mind that we are including this as a companion piece to one of these other respected DIY tomes. This book won’t help you with the leaky faucet or the broken window, but these tips from Cantor and others in the <em>Popular Science</em> crew will get you closer to your dream of being Inspector Gadget, MacGyver and Q all rolled into one. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> wishes you all happy book hunting, and the best of luck on your next DIY project!
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