A combination of directory and step-by-step instructions, this manual includes all kinds of help and advice on different home improvement techniques. It explains which technique is required for a particular job, how long it will take and what tools will be needed. It explains how to prepare and make good surfaces, making basic repairs to walls and floors. Basic painting and wallpapering methods to specialist painting and papering techniques are covered. Techniques for making shelves and cupboard, including storage for awkward spaces are explained. Finishing, fixing and handles and ornamentation are also examined.