The Versatile Shed-How To Build, Renovate and Customize Your Bonus Space

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Chris Gleason, “The Versatile Shed: How To Build, Renovate and Customize Your Bonus Space”
HomeSkills: Wiring: Fix Your Own Lights, Switches, Receptacles, Boxes, Cables & More by Editors of Cool Springs Press
Barb Blair, “Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More”
Wolfgang M. Heckl, “Die Kultur der Reparatur”
The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid by Paul Scheckel

Chris Gleason, “The Versatile Shed: How To Build, Renovate and Customize Your Bonus Space”

Sheds aren’t just for storage anymore. With a little bit of thought and work, your shed can become a guest cottage, a recording studio, a writer’s getaway and even a “small” business location. With more people staying in their current homes, the opportunity to add on beyond the scope of the existing house is more appealing than ever.
The Versatile Shed offers basic how-to for building your own shed structure, along with recommendations for electrical and comfort needs. Also included are ideas for working with pre-fabricated sheds, with suggestions for customization. But mostly, this book is about ideas. With dozens of ideas for interior and exterior customization that will add an extra, and versatile, space to your home

HomeSkills: Wiring: Fix Your Own Lights, Switches, Receptacles, Boxes, Cables & More by Editors of Cool Springs Press

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Wiring will make you the brightest thing in your house.
Few trades are more dangerous to the novice than working with electricity. In wiring, understanding the finer details is crucial to your personal safety—it is a craft that demands only the most reliable information, and HomeSkills: Wiring provides just that.
Its skills-based approach to electrical work does more than simply tell you to connect the black wire to the brass terminal; it familiarizes you with each step along the way so you understand the larger purpose for every task. The book sensibly distills the fundamental components of successful wiring: an overview of home electrical service and how it works; discussion of tools, tool usage, and materials handling; and step-by-step instructions for stripping insulated wire, making connections with a wire connector, running cable through walls, wiring ceiling lights, hooking up receptacles and switches, grounding electrical loads safely, navigating your electrical service panel, and other common wiring jobs. Add to these dependable lessons the book’s 300 beautiful how-to photos, with content updated to meet current electrical codes, and you’ll soon be conquering your home’s electrical projects safely and efficiently—without paying a premium for it.
Check out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, deck building, landscaping, plumbing, and tiling.

Barb Blair, “Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More”

Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You’ll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.

Wolfgang M. Heckl, “Die Kultur der Reparatur”

Kaum ist die Garantie abgelaufen, gehen unsere Geräte kaputt. Das Display des MP3-Players spinnt, der Laptop überhitzt und schaltet ab. Doch wir können der Wegwerfgesellschaft entkommen: indem wir wieder reparieren lernen. Das schont nicht nur die Ressourcen des Planeten, es macht auch Spaß! Überall in Deutschland gibt es Repair-Cafés, in denen Menschen gemeinsam an alten Plattenspielern schrauben und aus Secondhandklamotten Designermode machen. Wolfgang Heckl, Generaldirektor des Deutschen Museums in München, setzt sich an die Spitze der Do-it-Yourself-Bewegung. Er lehrt uns die Dinge um uns herum wieder wertzuschätzen – und zeigt uns den Weg zu mehr Autonomie von der Industrie.

The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid by Paul Scheckel

Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, use renewable energy, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Understand the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production as you make your home ready for renewables. Each chapter of Homeowner’s Energy Handbook provides a comprehensive discussion of renewable energy sources along with “green guides” for building your own energy-saving – and energy-producing – equipment. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a bicycle-powered generator, a biodiesel processor, a thermosiphon solar hot-water collector, a biogas generator, a smokeless wood-gas camp stove, and more. Whether you want to button up your house to be more energy-efficient, find deep energy savings, or take your home entirely off the grid, this guide has the knowledge and skills you need to reduce your use, then produce!

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