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How To Take Care Of Your Home | by Douglas Tuomey



How To Take Care Of Your Home is written by a man who not only can tell you how to do your own repair work, but who can actually take up the tools and do it himself. Before adopting writing as a profession, Mr. Tuomey spent over thirty years in the building business as a contractor, and is an expert in plumbing, heating, masonry, carpentry, roofing and allied trades.

TitleHow To Take Care Of Your Home
AuthorDouglas Tuomey
PublisherHerald Publishing Co.
Year1947
Copyright1947, Herald Publishing Co.
AmazonHow To Take Care Of Your Home

For more than fifteen years, Mr. Tuomey has acted as a building construction consultant for many of the leading magazines. He is an acknowledged authority on home building and home repairs, and has contributed hundreds of outstanding articles on those subjects.

Among the magazines which regularly publish his contributions are Woman's Home Companion, House & Garden, Good Housekeeping, Your Own Home and Parents Magazine. He is the author of two newspaper columns which appear in more than thirty of the leading papers throughout the country, and the author of several books on home maintenance and repairs.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HOME is written by a man who not only can tell you how to do your own repair work, but who can actually take up the tools and do it himself. Before adopting writing as a profession, Mr. Tuomey spent over thirty years in the building business as a contractor, and is an expert in plumbing, heating, masonry, carpentry, roofing and allied trades.

In HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HOME you have the answers to most of the household repair problems which plague the homeowner, and eat into his pocket-book.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HOME

The author extends his thanks to the following firms for their courtesy in permitting him use of the photographs in this volume: Congoleum-Nairn, Inc.; Plumbing and Heating Industries Bureau; General Electric Co.; Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.

-Chapter 1. General Household Repairs
The average homeowner approaches the subject of household repairs and maintenance with considerable skepticism. He is well aware of the fact that he knows nothing whatever about plumbing, heating syst...
-Chapter 2. How To Make Roof Repairs
roof repairs are the most difficult of all household jobs for either the owner himself or for a contractor. This might be attributed to the fact that as soon as a man is off the ground he is out of hi...
-Chapter 3. Repairs To The Exterior Walls
the walls of the average house are double walls. In other words there is an exterior wall which is supposed to protect the house from all outside influences such as rain, snow, wind and weather; and a...
-Repairs To The Exterior Walls. Continued
The next exterior wall in line of popularity is the brick wall. As a rule these will be either a solid brick wall composed of two thicknesses of brick, or a brick-veneer wall composed of one thickness...
-Chapter 4. Repairs To The Plumbing System
people who are used to living in modern, well-equipped houses, know that there is nothing which contributes quite as much comfort and convenience to everyday life as the plumbing. They also know that ...
-Repairs To Leaking Faucets
The average house will be equipped with what are known as compression faucets. These get their name from the fact that a soft rubber or fibre washer inside of them is compressed down when you turn the...
-Repairs To Leaking Flush-Tanks
There is nothing more annoying than a flush-tank which runs constantly, and there is hardly anything that is easier to fix. The average closet-bowl has a low flushtank with a removable lid. When this ...
-How To Remove A Stoppage
Most of the stoppages in plumbing fixtures come as a result of plain carelessness. Sinks stop up from an accumulation of grease inside the drain pipe or in the trap beneath the sink, basins stop up fr...
-Thawing Out Frozen Pipes
The first thing to know about a frozen pipe is that too heavy an application of heat will cause it to burst. The reason is that the heat causes the ice with which the pipe is filled to expand. The cor...
-Plumbing Tools
The tools required by the householder to take care of the general run of plumbing repairs and adjustments are not many. They consist of a medium-sized Stillson and monkey wrench, a medium screw-driver...
-Chapter 5. Heating Repairs
There are three general types of heating plant in use today. They are the hot-air plant, the steam plant and the hot-water plant. There are three types of fuel available, coal, oil and gas. Any one of...
-Heating Repairs. Continued
Asbestos-paper covering, will help to keep hot-air ducts from chilling. In cold cellars, this method has been highly effective. While on the subject of fuel, it might be well to say-that there are ...
-Chapter 6. Repairs To The Electrical System
those of us who live in a modern house seldom realize how very dependent we are on the electrical wiring and equipment until such time as a fuse blows out or the service is interrupted. Flipping a swi...
-Chapter 7. Interior Household Repairs
when you are on the subject of keeping the interior of a house in good repair, you have a tremendous amount of ground to cover. The interior of the average home is composed of many different materials...
-Interior Household Repairs. Part 2
These incidents are cited simply to impress upon the reader that ingenuity and close study of his problems are bound to bring solutions. Never get in a panic over interior repair work on walls, ceilin...
-Interior Household Repairs. Part 3
Creaking floors may be tightened up and silenced by toeing-in nails at an angle as illustrated. As a rule the creak develops from loose board-ends where the butts rub together under a load. Stairs ...
-Chapter 8. Painting
anything that might be said about painting should be prefaced with the statement that over seven hundred million dollars' worth of paint and varnish are bought in this country in the course of a year,...
-Painting. Continued
Filling should be thorough, and done right down to the slightest crack that is evident. The filling compound should be forced in with a putty-knife or caulking tool and not merely scraped over the s...
-Chapter 9. Concrete And Masonry Repairs
when we speak of concrete and masonry repairs, we are referring to those parts of the house which are constructed of brick, stone, cement block, tile and all cementatious products. As a rule, basement...
-Concrete And Masonry Repairs. Continued
While it does not come directly under the heading of Masonry and Repairs, something should be said at this point about discoloration of brickwork. You often see a good-looking brick house, the walls o...
-Chapter 10. The Care And Repair Of Auxiliary Equipment
all houses have what is called equipment. The permanent equipment consists of bathroom and kitchen fixtures, lighting fixtures, heating plants and other basic installations. Auxiliary equipment consis...
-The Care And Repair Of Auxiliary Equipment. Part 2
Storm doors and screened doors are frequently not fitted with springs or door-closers, which means that they are not at all effective. You can buy coil-springs, with a hook for each end, for ten cents...
-The Care And Repair Of Auxiliary Equipment. Part 3
You should empty the dust-bag religiously, because when it is too full, the motor is working against a back-pressure. Whenever you hear a strange noise in the vacuum cleaner, you should snap the switc...
-Chapter 11. The Care Of Sheet-Metal Work
to the average homeowner, all metal which is not obviously brass or copper is known as iron. Of course he is not quite right on that score, because today there are many different kinds of metals and...
-Chapter 12. Making The Home Safe And Comfortable
to our way of thinking the words safe and comfortable are synonymous when they are used in connection with houses or homes. You seldom hear of a comfortable house which is unsafe, and you rarely h...
-Making The Home Safe And Comfortable. Continued
Broken or loose bricks in steps, loose treads in wood stairs, loose electric light sockets, frayed wires, cracked panes of glass, chairs with a weak leg, a loose board, a broken linoleum edge, are all...
-Chapter 13. Built-In Furniture
during the last two or three years there has been a decided tendency toward built-in furniture. This comes from the fact that the cost of modern home building is so great that when the average young c...
-Built-In Furniture. Continued
There is something else about built-in furniture which we think has been sadly neglected, and that is the distinct bearing which painting and decorating has upon all built-in fixtures. It all resolves...
-Chapter 14. Tools And Their Use
since the beginning of history, men have been inventing and making tools for the sole purpose of making their work easier or better. The strong-man in the circus can drive a nail into a board with his...
-Tools And Their Use. Part 2
A good saw should last for years if properly handled. Screw-drivers come next in general use, and it must be said that of all the tools of husbandry, they receive more abuse than any of the others. T...
-Tools And Their Use. Part 3
The monkey-wrench looks somewhat like the Stillson, but the jaws are not toothed although they are adjustable. They are used for turning bolts or nuts, or for holding a union on a pipe line against th...
-Chapter 15. Landscaping And Outdoor Work
the average homeowner makes one great mistake when it comes to laying out his grounds in that he becomes over-enthusiastic, and goes in for flower-beds and planting which, after a year or two of growt...
-Chapter 16. Household Craftsmanship
any man who has bought a few tools, is quite anxious to make something with them. He may have been successful in getting a door to close properly, or in making a balky window easy to operate. He is ne...
-Household Craftsmanship. Continued
Window boxes will probably cost you three or four dollars apiece. If you take a length of one-inch by eight-inch (approx.) finishing strip and cut three lengths three feet long, and nail them into a b...
-Chapter 17. Furniture Repairs
the attics and basements of homes are usually well furnished with a half-dozen or more broken chairs, tables, beds and bureaus. Most of these discarded odds and ends have been used until they broke do...
-Chapter 18. Seeing Is Believing
The home-building, home-maintenance and home-modernizing fields have been so thoroughly publicized and worked over, that the average individual is frequently at a loss to know what to believe or what ...







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