This is the ultimate reference guide for doing your own household repairs and simple renovations. Aimed at modern girls who want to improve their homes without calling in a professional (or getting a man to help them), it covers all the basics, from preparing surfaces for painting and papering, using power tools with ease, choosing the right materials and simple plumbing. Full of expert advice, this handbook will provide those interested in home improvements - or those wanting to increase the value of a property for resale - with the basic DIY skills and guidance to get the job done. Perfect for the DIY novice, whether homeowner or in rented accommodation, this stylish and user-friendly book will be an invaluable guide for a whole generation of women. It includes contents such as: building a tool kit, choosing materials, hanging pictures and mirrors, drilling, assembling flatpack furniture, changing washers and plumbing in washing machines, preparing surfaces, painting and papering, simple tiling. This completely new sort of DIY book will appeal to 20- and 30-something women who have busy working lives but still want to make their homes look good without spending a fortune.