Help My Computer Is Killing Me

Sheik N. Imrhan, Author Taylor Publishing Company (TX) $12.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-87833-925-9
Readers who want to tap the potential of their mid-70s ranch that gets lots of light but has no storage space and who know that more is required than pulling up the shag will welcome this guide to working with a professional builder. The success (or failure) of home renovation depends on a tangle of factors at the center of which is usually a contractor. Brenner, a New York contractor with a medical degree, aided by freelance writer Kelly, navigates readers through the many dangers that can turn a home construction project into a nightmare. Illustrated by some cautionary tales, his approach is also liberally laced with ""Homeowner Tips"" and ""Contractor Tips,"" observations from both sides of the collaboration that clarify the complexities and misunderstandings that crop up. He begins with advice for figuring out if a project is feasible and helps homeowners communicate their wishes to their builders. Much of his advice is common sense, e.g., when checking references, inquire about competency, not congeniality; consider upgrading the electricity while the walls are torn open. He looks at contracts, reveals likely sources of hidden costs, all the while walking readers through the steps of a project so that the tools are kept away from the kids, the cat isn't sealed inside a wall and the freshly finished floors aren't scratched. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
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