This is a complete practical guide to home improvement. It offers expert advice on essential home improvement tasks, including painting, wallpapering, tiling, laying new floors, carpentry skills, security, repairs and maintaining your home. It includes advice on how to use the right tools for the job effectively and safely. You can make the most of your home and learn how to develop your practical skills with confidence. It includes a detailed section on decorating, from preparing surfaces, painting and wallpapering to laying all types of flooring, such as wood, tiles and vinyl. It offers clear step-by-step visual instructions and tips from expert authors that make information accessible and easy to follow. Over 800 photographs and diagrams show you how to do every decorating task and project around the house. This superb do-it-yourself and home improvements handbook covers all the information you need about maintaining and improving your house or apartment with complete success, with detailed instructions and helpful hints and tips from expert authors. It shows the beginner the best way to tackle problems and gives practical and helpful advice on floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, drains, gutters, roofs, paths and drives, insulation and ventilation. There is a focus on security, with advice on how to fit window and door locks and bolts. All the basic woodworking skills are covered, from the correct way to put up shelves, fit hinges and catches to more complicated jobs, such as rehanging doors. This handy, easy-to-use manual will give you confidence to tackle jobs around the home and achieve professional-looking results every time.