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:
2) Floors and Ceilings
5) Exterior Components
6) Interior Components
7) Utility Systems
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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