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DIY for Renters

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This is a great reference for anyone looking to learn a few new skills around the house. It is geared toward renters trying to save that security deposit $$$, but new homeowners could save themselves some headaches too. Nice illustrations and detailed instructions.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review.
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Renting a property always comes with challenges.  Getting the landlord to arrange repairs in an emergency is sometimes difficult.
As a renter myself, I would definitely buy this book as a multi purpose guide for all things house related.  From dry-walling repairs to plumbing and electricity.  Step by step instructions with a focus on safety for even the beginning DIYer.  

Great book!
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Interesting but not really my thing after all. Other renters may find DIY FOR RENTERS helpful but not for me.
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This book is basically like having your handy dad (or mom) in your house all the time. Covers everything from fixing holes in drywall to repairing a leaky toilet. Definitely not just limited to renters in its usefulness--I'm a homeowner but definitely think I want a copy for myself, as well as my library. Plenty of photos and detailed descriptions.
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Thank you #NetGalley for the review copy of #DiyForRentersFoxChapelPublishing

Though this book is titled "for renters", it would be useful for homeowners as well. This is a book of instructions for most generic home/apartment repairs or touchups, including some for the exterior of the house. All instructions are clearly written and illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Nothing about this book really stands out in a good or bad way, it's just a basic guide to basic home maintenance and basic cosmetic or functional repairs.
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An engaging and helpful title for renters who want a homey apartment or home that reflects their taste but who can't spend a lot of money or make changes their landlords won't allow. Also good for any small-home dwellers.
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DIY for Renters by Charles Byers is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.

With focal colors of blue, yellow, and steel, there's an emphasis on safety and proper planning before going straight into repair projects, like Painting, installing door hardware and windows, electrical work, plumbing for the kitchen and bathroom, appliance repair, and exterior maintenance. And, whoa, caulking and refilling drywall holes (aka one of the easier projects that I can see myself doing) is way more involved than I thought.
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Very clear, practical step-by-step advice for people much more proficient with repairs than I am.  I highly doubt I could implement any of these myself, but I am sure many could!
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Handy and helpful for those who rent, DIY for Renters is a guide that should be on the shopping list of every renter just starting out and on the shelves of those who have been renting for years.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.  Even though I am not a renter, I still had interest in reading this as a homeowner.  I like how simple the directions were and it had pictures of each step!  However, if I was a renter, some of the things in this book are more for the landlord to fix not the tenant.
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This is a helpful guide to both homeowners and renters. A well presented guide that has project and repair instructions from painting to fixing walls. I found  the author presents the steps for projects well and lists materials the reader would need. Most renters are not allowed to work on rentals so this would be more helpful to home owners. 
Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher. My review opinion is my own.
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Excellent strategies - especially for first time or young renters. When to call the landlord, when NOT to call the landlord; what to do instead of calling the landlord. Very enlightening.
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I really don't know why this book is marketed to renters. That seems like a bait and switch, since most of the projects are far more sophisticated than anything a renter would ever need to know (or want to). Another reviewer said the projects immediately intimidated her to the point where she thought "never mind, I'll just lose my deposit." That is not a great sign in a DIY book.

This is a very detailed, well illustrated book of all kinds of homeowner projects, from fixing a concrete driveway (again, why on earth would a renter need to know how to do this?) to painting kitchen cabinets. A few of the projects are things a renter might want to know how to do if the landlord was bad about making repairs, like how to fix toilets, but most of it is better suited for homeowners or the landlords themselves. It is also extremely sophisticated work. Even fixing a small hole in the wall is a complicated project, and jobs like painting have many steps that I've never done like sanding between coats for a professional level of finish.

The author had his own construction business and clearly knows his stuff. This will be a great book for someone who not only wants to do any kind of home repair you can think of, but how to do it professionally. For someone who is looking for information on how to remodel in ways that are easy to undo or easily fix a nail hole, this won't be useful.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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Small projects for apartment and home renters. Instructions seem easy to follow and does have some photos to go along with each step. Some information given about different areas talked about.
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Every renter, first time home owner, and those needed simple diy need to purchase this book. The photos were spot on for visual learners and the instructions were clear. As this is an advanced copy not all sections were complete. Those that were complete is why I am giving the book five stars. This would have saved me an immense amount of frustration years ago.
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I was immediately intimidated when I read this book! Part of me was excited to have answers to my questions in one full resource (rather than Googling individual questions), and the other part of me thought 'never mind. I'll just lose my deposit'. My repairs aren't major and this book does a great job of breaking things down (tools needed, instructions, etc.) however I'm still concerned I'll punch through a wall, or break a window so I will most-likely use the book on test cases - and have someone monitor me just in case my clumsiness makes an appearance.
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I am actually very impressed with this one! This has fantastic instructions and photos and I believe it is useful for renters and homeowners. I am by no means a pro at most hone improvements and my biggest accomplishment is refinishing kitchen cabinets.... which neatly gave me a nervous breakdown because I'm a fairly challenged painter. This book and the details on painting would have been super helpful with that endeavor and this is a keeper. This is a fantastic reference for anyone new to simple home improvement projects. I plan to get this fir my son and his wife who are renting an apartment that could use some of the wisdom in these pages. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Great book!
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This book has great instructions along with fantastic photos to walk you through home repairs. Although the book is marketed to renters, this book is very useful for home owners as well. This would be a great book to gift to a new homeowner.
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