Reviving Old Houses: Over 500 Low-Cost Tips & Techniques

Alan Dan Orme, Author Storey Publishing $12.95 (180p) ISBN 978-0-88266-563-4
With the inspirational tone of an old-time preacher, the author implores, ``You can do it! You can renovate your own house.'' His folksy manual addresses the beginning do-it-yourselfer who is about to buy or has already bought an old house. But if Orme now and then seems coy or archaic in addressing his audience as ``my dear reader,'' the information dispensed is up-to-date nonetheless, including discussion of such controversial matters as radon seepage and the use of polyvinyl chloride pipes in plumbing. Useful checklists are provided, outlining materials and procedures, but technical information beyond the basics is scant. Money-saving tips range from using a marble or ball bearing for testing the levelness of a floor to cadging leftover supplies from building sites and recruiting friends to aid your cause. At times Orme modifies his call for self-sufficiency, admitting, ``You may find it economical or convenient to hire a reputable home inspector.'' Illustrated. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 176 pages - 978-0-517-10105-6
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