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Sheetrock & Shellac: A Thinking Person's Guide to the Art and Science of Home Improvement

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David Owen, author of andlt;iandgt;The Walls Around Us,andlt;/iandgt; recounts his projects — from catching the home improvement bug while watching workmen replacing a leaky roof to his first tentative foray into DIY. As his skill grows, so does his confidence: replacing a broken light switch turns into wiring an entire room, making bookcases is followed by building an office. Soon he takes the big leap from renovation to building a new house — a weekend cabin a mere six miles from his home — from the ground up. The experience launches Owen's enthralling and hilarious discourse on everything from kitchen countertop materials to the complete history of concrete and a near disastrous mishap involving a tree, a roof, and a chainsaw.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;David Owenandlt;/Bandgt; plays in a weekly foursome, takes mulligans off the first tee, practices intermittently at best, wore a copper wristband because Steve Ballesteros said so, and struggles for consistency even though his swing is consistent — just mediocre. He is a staff writer for andlt;Iandgt;The New Yorker,andlt;/Iandgt; a contributing editor to andlt;Iandgt;Golf Digest,andlt;/Iandgt; and a frequent contributor to andlt;Iandgt;The Atlantic Monthly.andlt;/Iandgt; His other books include andlt;Iandgt;The First National Bank of Dad, The Chosen One, The Making of the Masters,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;My Usual Game.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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Contents

1 Rooms and Dreams

2 Outside, Inside

3 The Big Kitchen Project

4 The Cabin

5 Backhoes and Concrete Mixers

6 Studs, Windows, Screens, and Porches

7 Walls, Ceilings, and Floors

8 The Wet Parts

9 The Last Ten Percent

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743251204
Author:
Owen, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Decorating - General
Subject:
Remodeling & Renovation - General
Subject:
General House & Home
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Remodeling
Subject:
Dwellings -- Maintenance and repair.
Subject:
Dwellings -- Remodeling.
Subject:
Home Construction-Remodeling Specification
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-10 line drawings t-o
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 12.985 oz

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