How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home (Rsmeans) (Paperback)
The updated and highly illustrated guide to understanding how just about everything in your house works
The revised and updated third edition of How Your House Works is a hands-on guide that gives you the low-down on why your faucet is leaking, your dishwasher is overflowing, or your furnace is on the fritz. This comprehensive book is your reference to virtually everything in your house with richly illustrated explanations of electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows. This must-have book answers most questions homeowners face when repairs are needed or when a new house or addition is in your future.
How Your House Works is filled with easy-to-understand illustrations that show how things should be put together and how they function. The book also highlights issues outside the house as well as clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and passive solar heating. Using the illustrations and the author's clear explanations might save you the expense of calling a professional. This invaluable guide:
- Offers a colorful resource to home electrical systems, HVAC, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors and windows, sustainability, and much more
- Includes easy-to-follow information for troubleshooting problems
- Contains dozens of new full-color illustrations
- Presents new chapters on solar power and smart home technologies
- Helps homeowners save money on many common household repairs
Written for homeowners with little or no knowledge of home maintenance or repair, How Your House Works is your illustrated and updated guide to understanding how appliances, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and more work
About the Author
CHARLIE WING, PHD, is a nationally recognized authority on home building and remodeling, home repair, energy conservation and boating. He specializes in translating and illustrating technical information into easily understood layman's terms. He cofounded the nation's first two owner-builder schools, developed the first DOE-approved computerized home energy audit, and wrote and hosted the national PBS TV series, Housewarming with Charlie Wing.