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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The National Home Maintenance Manual Book Review

I'm asked to review books frequently. I pass on nearly all the ebooks. But, if the printed book is something I think I might find useful, stressing useful, I'll usually give it a go. Recently, the book that crossed paths is titled The National Home Maintenance Manual. It is subtitled The Complete Guide to Caring for Your Home, both of which should give you a good idea of what the book is about. This is also the sixth edition and first update since 2008, so its been around the block a few times.

The book is authored by David E. MacLellan and George E. Wolfson, AIA. David has been a home builder since 1969. With George, the AIA explicitly states he's an architect. Their combined knowledge provides the advice the typical homeowner needs to keep their home in shape.

Broken into nine chapters, you get a good feel for the maintenance tasks necessary to keep a home in good running order. For instance, having central air conditioning is great if you live in a warmer summer climate. However, it is best if you start it during the winter months to keep the mechanical parts from sticking. In fact, they recommend you do it twice during the winter months.

After the twenty page intro so you can get the most out of the book, the breakout of the nine chapters goes as follows:

1) Foundations
2) Floors and Ceilings
3) Walls
4) Roofs
5) Exterior Components
6) Interior Components
7) Utility Systems
8) Grounds
9) Miscellaneous

Each chapter is further broken down into individual household components and what you can do with them to keep them in good running order. Lots of little tips, and some not so little, are spread throughout the book. There is also a maintenance checklist in case you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with just your Swiss Army knife.

If you're looking to grab a copy of the book to help you understand all the different things that could go round in your home, you can then use the book's contents to make sure nothing goes wrong and the home doesn't collapse from lack of attention.

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