They can be quite useful for showing you how things are typically
constructed (eg walls, roofs, floors) and what materials are typically
available for DIY use (eg sheet materials, fasteners), but as George implies
are pretty limited. I saw a large recently-published Dorling Kindersley DIY
manual remaindered from £25 to £6 at WH Smith the other day.
Seconded. Or should that be thirded? ;-)
I've got the Collins book and can highly recommend it. The Reader's
Digest one is good too.
As the others have said a single book can never cover anything,
however if you're relatively new to DIY something like Collins will
teach you a LOT. Even if you're beyond 'beginner' stage such a book
will still fill lots of knowledge gaps.
If nothing else a book like this will give you good grounding for
asking questions around here, if only to use the correct terminology!
P.S. I see Amazon sell it for half price (=A312.50) - but make sure you
go for the latest version (Oct '07 - see
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Hmm. I'd say not for most basic tasks. Like decorating, minor building
works, carpentry etc. True if you're looking for information on the latest
boiler or wiring regs and so on but then I'd not expect that sort of info
from a DIY book anyway.
Certainly to clarify anything you don't understand. But asking the right
question is easier with a knowledge of the basics.
Especially if you have an older house, it's useful to get a second-hand
book of about the same vintage, this will show you the construction
methods used at the time for eg panelled doors, sash windows, and gas
The other answer is probably "a big one with pictures at the cheapy book