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6 Helpful Do-It-Yourself Books

Itching to do tackle some more advanced projects? Check out these helpful guides for easy-to-understand how-tos.

By Megan DeFelice
Dare to Repair Replace and Renovate BookHarperCollins


  • Dare to Repair, Replace & Renovate, by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet (HarperResource, $17, A do-it-herself guide with a smart approach to home repair.

  • Troubleshooting Your PC for Dummies, by Dan Gookin (For Dummies, $25, This straightforward guide makes finding the solution to a specific PC gripe easy.

  • Reader's Digest New Fix-It-Yourself Manual (Reader's Digest, $35, It's more in-depth and technical than most home-repair books.

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Auto Repair, by Vyvyan Lynn and Tony Molla (Alpha Books, $20, A quick read with easy-to-follow advice on the basics of car repair and maintenance.

  • Auto Repair for Dummies, by Deanna Sclar (Wiley, $22, A basic but thorough guide to car repair and maintenance. It also offers tips on how to keep your car looking its best and how to deal with car emergencies.

  • Country Living Gardener Gardening Basics, by Ken Beckett (Sterling, $20, A visually appealing book that helps you design, create, grow, and maintain the garden of your imagination.
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