DIY Books for Beginners - The Perfect House Warming Gift!

Whether you're looking for a DIY book to help you with your home renovations or need the perfect gift for friends or family members that have just moved into a new place, we have loads of options for you. If you've never repaired and decorated a house before it can be really useful to have a book with clear instructions to help you out. So, here is our list of DIY books for beginners, great for you if you have some work to do or perfect as house warming gifts...

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1. Collins Complete DIY Manual

Albert Jackson

This bestselling DIY manual has been used and loved by beginners and experts alike. This edition features information and tips on decorating, electricity, plumbing and more. Packed with illustrations to aid you with your projects, you'll be able to carry out your DIY tasks efficiently and, most importantly, safely every time. Plus, the book comes with money- and energy-saving ideas to help you make the most of your home projects.

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2. Do-It-Yourself Woodwork in the Home

Mike Collins

This guide to woodwork at home is the perfect handbook for new homeowners. Taking you through the basics of wood-working, including how to replace skirting boards, fix cladding, replace doors and install locks. There is a guide to power tools and loads of information about different types of wood, hinges, fixtures and fittings. With this handy book under your arm, your DIY projects and renovations will always go smoothly.

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3. Home Repair Wisdom & Know-How

Editors of Fine Homebuilding

This handy house warming gift is brilliant for all home-based projects, from simple wiring to full room renovations. With nearly 1000 pages of step-by-step instructions and expert advice, you won't go wrong with this brilliant DIY book. Topics include Fixing a Leaky Faucet, Stain Removal, Roof Repair and Porches and Patios. Check out this fantastic book from the editors of Fine Homebuilding and learn the ropes from the experts.

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4. Upcycling

Max McMurdo

This interesting DIY book shows you how to upcycle, taking old items you'd normally throw away and turning them into something new. Max McMurdo shows you simple ways to refurbish your old belongings to give you the joy of becoming your own interior designer. The designs and ideas vary in difficulty and time to complete so you can start easy and gradually build up your skillset over time. See what upcycling can do for your home with this great book.

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5. Contemporary Furniture

Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker

In this brilliant DIY book Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker give you 20 original furniture projects to try, all in the style of contemporary designs. The step-by-step instructions and diagrams show you how to make tables, sideboards and more. The designs are made to suit any room or decor so these ideas will suit every home and acts as the perfect house warming present.

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That should be plenty to keep you busy but if you still need more DIY ideas then check out our full range of DIY & home improvement books.

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    It is a practical, illustrated guide to all the basic woodworking tasks, in step-by-step pictures. How to fit shelves and architraves, replace skirting boards and picture rails, fix cladding, hang doors, replace doors and drawers, and install door locks and security locks on windows. It offers practical information about different types of wood, boards, joints, hinges, fixtures and fittings. A guide to the hand tools, power tools and safety equipment you will need for working with wood. It offers basic steps on how to prepare and finish wood surfaces with stain, wax or paint, including helpful tips on staining and varnishing. Useful techniques include boxing-in pipes, tongue-and-grooved boarding, fixing cladding and replacing picture rails and dado rails. Most homes contain a large proportion of wood, either in the fabric of the building or as part of the internal fittings such as floors, skirting boards, window frames and shelves. This book will give you the information and confidence to tackle some of the repairs and maintenance that are always needed around the home. Do-it-yourself renovations can be satisfying, and will save you money.
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    Contemporary furniture's great appeal comes from its simple, understated elegance and subtle details - from sleek black drawer-pulls to gracefully bevelled shelf edges. It's no secret that woodworkers love building these pieces! They're suited to just about any room, no matter what the decorating style. This book presents more than 20 original contemporary furniture projects, hand-picked from the pages of Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker. Each one comes with step-by-step instructions, high-quality diagrams, cutting lists, color photos and detailed, easy-to-follow assembly techniques.
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    Home Repair Wisdom & Know-How is the essential go-to book for every project homeowners encounter, from basic wiring to kitchen renovations. Featuring step-by-step instructions from the pages of Fine Homebuilding magazine, one of the most trusted sources on home repair and construction, the nearly 1,000 pages book is organized into topics including The Basic Tool Kit, Fixing a Leaky Faucet, Stain Removal, Repairing a Wood Surface, Replacing a Toilet, Fine Points of Applying Paint, Roof Repair, Fixing Large and Small Appliances, Installing Screen Doors, Home Safety and Security, Porches and Patios, Energy Alternatives, and more. Packed with tried and true advice from leaders in the industry and hundreds of photographs, charts, and sidebars, Home Repair Wisdom & Know-How is a must-have for any homeowner.
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    Ever thought about transforming that rusty old item in the garage into something awesome to impress your dinner guests, or fancied refurbishing the random old dining chair in the shed but don't have the tools or know-how? In Upcycling, Max McMurdo teaches you how to discover your inner design genius, where to find great scrap items, and techniques on how to transform them into great designs. Max shows simple design ideas throughout the book that will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and have a go. Step away from the chipboard and venture out of your comfort zone into a glorious world of doodles, sanding, waxing, stunning colours and the satisfaction of telling people you made that! You don't have to own expensive tools or have any previous experience. Some of the projects involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, whereas others may take the best part of a weekend and combine several different materials, techniques and tools. Whichever project you choose the most important thing is to have fun and remember design is all about experimenting and learning - and not about always getting it right!
  • Collins Complete DIY Manual - Hardback - 9780007425952 - Albert Jackson
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    Having sold over 3 million copies, Collins Complete DIY Manual is a comprehensive and authoritative book that will come in handy for DIY novices, enthusiasts and professionals.

    This latest edition provides up-to-date and in-depth information on tasks including decorating, repairs, electricity and plumbing. With illustrations and photographs to help you get each job performed safely and quickly, the book also covers recent changes to regulations and explains how you can work within them.

    There is even new material about how you can use energy-saving DIY methods and save money while making your next home improvements.