New at the library

For many people summer time is home project time. The Peter White Public Library carries the following new titles for those looking to fix a leaky faucet or to give a room, a hallway, or a backyard a fresh look.

Fully updated for current technologies and packed with hundreds of photos and diagrams, Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances 3rd edition by Eric Kleinert shows you how to safely install, operate, maintain, and fix gas and electric appliances of all types. The third edition features a new chapter on becoming a service technician. This practical, money-saving resource covers all major appliances from dishwashers and air conditioners to water heaters and refrigerators.

A virtual designer’s notebook of ideas, inspiration and information-without the high designer price tag – the all new edition of Kitchen Idea Book by Joanne Keller Bouknight will be a homeowner’s first step in turning their existing kitchen into their dream kitchen. Fresh solutions for finding more space in an existing footprint, simple upgrades that are budget-friendly, and full-scale remodels and new construction are illustrated visually as well as with practical information.

The task of hanging drywall gives many a home-owner pause; it’s hard to get the job done right. Drywall : professional techniques for great results (4th edition) by Myron Ferguson is the most thorough and concise guide to hanging drywall available. This revised edition features new material, additional pages and color photographs.

Young House Love : 251 ways to paint, craft, update, organize, and show your home some love is a debut book by bloggers Sherry and John Petersik. It’s filled with fun, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror or to spice up plain old roller shades. Packed with tips and ideas-both classic and unexpected – every project pictured was exclusively executed for the book.

When it comes to decorating, the endless color choices available are enough to overwhelm the most determined home decorator. The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer solves that problem. With 200 color scheme ideas to choose from, The Color Scheme Bible is an easy-to-use and inspiring reference to using color in the home. It describes how colors interact and the effects they have on a room. It explains how to choose colors that complement each other for a subdued effect, and which colors and combinations energize a room. The book also includes 50 recommended palettes that can be used with different materials for refreshingly original color schemes. Topics include using color to create ambiance and atmosphere and using color to give a small room the illusion of space and depth.

In Decorate, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive home decor program combines beautiful inspiration with nuts-and-bolts how-to for stunning results. More than 500 gorgeous color photographs provide motivation while line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts, and floor plans make it easy to get started.

From fixing a faucet to installing a drain line in a basement floor, Black & Decker The complete guide to plumbing has the answer to any home plumbing problem you’re likely to find. The basics of home plumbing systems are explained with clarity, and all of the most popular plumbing projects are shown with beautiful step-by-step photos. New information in this fifth edition includes how to winterize a house and how to install a state-of-the-art, on-demand water heater.

No longer will you struggle with inspiration or measurements as you’ll find the essentials for creating a curtain design in The Complete Book of Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds by Wendy Baker. Learn the basics of window shapes, measuring, fabric characteristics, and fabric quantities. When you’re ready to design, the second chapter in the book provides an in-depth look into various types of accessories available for curtains and blinds. For designers, and decorators, the sketches can be scanned and reduced to put on a sample board or e-mailed to curtain makers to eliminate costly mistakes. The book also includes a section for cozy bed treatments and plush cushions and throws.

Home remodeling : planning, design, construction collects 36 articles from the experts at “Fine Homebuilding,” the most respected residential construction magazine in the country, and lays out detailed information on every stage of remodeling – from planning and design to building and installation, upgrades, finishing, and clean-up. Coverage includes interior and exterior design and building strategies, as well as information on additions and tips for living comfortably through a remodel. This complete guide, which includes 300 color photographs, 75 drawings, practical sidebars, and case studies, is a one-stop reference.

Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive, and repurposed materials, Handmade for the Garden by Susan Guagliumi is a treasure trove of original projects that add a personal touch to the gardenscape. Among the myriad projects in this hardworking book are mini hothouses; painted, stamped, and stenciled terracotta planters; hypertufa and cement pots and decorations; rustic and formal fencing and trellises; plant markers and stakes; and sieves and baskets. With Handmade for the Garden to inspire them, gardeners of all skill levels will be empowered to experiment with form and function to discover creative, artful ways to personalize and beautify their gardens with handmade objects.

By Ellen Moore

Reference Librarian