About

The Best-Selling Home Improvement Guide—
Updated for the 21st Century

Reader’s Digest and The Family Handyman—the world’s largest home improvement magazine—have teamed up to produce 528 pages of up-to-date, authoritative home improvement information.

Since 1973, millions of people have bought, used and loved Reader’s Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual. Other home improvement books have come and gone over the years, but none has covered the subject more comprehensively.

This new edition preserves the best elements of the original—including the clear and accurate step-by-step instructions and can-do attitude—while adding new photos, illustrations and wisdom from the archives of The Family Handyman magazine.

The result? A practical and colorful guide that follows the original’s unique proposition: With the right instructions, tools and encouragement, the average homeowner can successfully complete many typical home improvement projects and repairs!


For the New Homeowner and the Seasoned Pro

Whether you’re hoping to upgrade your first fixer-upper or remodel your empty nest, Reader’s Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual can help. The early chapters get you started with basic information on securing construction permits, finding utility shut-offs and even choosing the right tools.

Home-improvement veterans might appreciate the refresher, too. Then the fun begins! See Inside or view Sample Projects to learn more!