How many times have you paid hundreds of dollars to fix the kitchen sink? Or waited hours for the plumber that never shows when he says he will? It's no surprise many homeowners have wasted time and money on even the most basic home repair needs. Finding the right tool, knowing how to use it, and understanding the root of the problem are daunting tasks. Home Fix-It 101 will put an end to outrageous repair bills and your frustration. Known throughout the United States as the Super Handyman, Al Carrell teams up with his daughter, Super HandyMom Kelly Carrell, to take the mystery out of home repair. The Carrells trade the dry and dense formats of most home repair guides for a friendly, accessible approach, leading readers from the easiest jobs of a fledging handyman to the most difficult home repair jobs reserved only for a fix-it-up expert. "Teachers Tips" combine with "Homework" assignments and "Pop Quizzes" to assist the reader in her broad home repair education. Readers will learn how to fix leaking faucets, unclog drains, patch holes and cracks in wallboard, install and maintain flooring, replace a window, fix major appliances, eliminate mildew, build a deck, save energy, prevent foundation failure, install new gutters, and hundreds of other jobs for which a professional would charge thousands of dollars. Whether they have tinkered with the toilet before or have never even touched a screwdriver, this book will guide every reader in making repairs to their house and maintaining them for years.
Al Carrell writes a syndicated column, Super Handyman, on home repair and is the host of a home repair show in Dallas/Fort Worth. He co-founded and is regularly featured on Your New House, a nationally syndicated television show. Carrell has also appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and other national television programs. He has written seven books on home repair, including Super Handyman Al Carrell's 1000 Questions About Home Repair & Maintenance. He lives in the Dallas area. Kelly Carrell has been assisting her father in writing the Super Handyman column for the last 15 years and is the co-host of his home repair call-in radio show. She lives in the Dallas area.