Painting your home yourself can be faster, more affordable and even easier than hiring professionals—but only if you get it right the first time. Painting Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, helps you do just that with easy-to-follow, step-by-step procedures for giving your, floors, walls, and ceilings the extreme makeover of your dreams.
More than 500 photos and illustrations show you exactly how to perform each step of each procedure the right way and avoid drips, smudges, and ugly surfaces. You'll find out how to choose the best paint for the job, figure out how much paint you'll need, and use rollers, brushes, and other painting tools with skill and precision. Before you know it, you'll have the confidence and ability to tackle any household painting project with ease. You'll discover how to:
Select the proper tools and materials for each painting job
Choose colors that will work for you—now and for years to come
Prepare your room and the surface for painting
Make necessary wall and ceiling repairs before painting
Brush up on painting basics
Create faux finishes with shapes and patterns
Use glazes to dazzling effect
Bring out the beauty of wood trim, windows and doors
Finesse furniture, frames, and other household items
Everything parents need to give their babies the best start
Each year, more than 4 million babies are born in the United States-and the first year of a baby's life is a joyous, challenging, and sometimes overwhelming time. Your Baby's First Year For Dummies serves as a complete guide for baby's first twelve months-from what to do when arriving home from the hospital to handling feeding, bathing, and sleeping routines to providing the right stimuli for optimal progress. Packed with tips on every aspect of baby's physical, emotional, and social development, this friendly guide gives parents advice on such important topics as breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding, teething, baby toy safety, food preparation, food allergies, traveling, and much more.
You’re now officially out of excuses for not planting the garden of your dreams. Even if you’ve never sowed a seed nor pulled a weed, Gardening Basics For Dummies contains everything you need to know about flowers, beds, borders, trees, shrubs, and lawns to create your own private paradise. This friendly and informative guide also covers all of the tools and additives available to make gardening easier. You’ll discover:
Clear definitions and descriptions of the different types of plants
Tips on choosing the type of garden you want
How to create a garden plan
Easy-to-follow instructions for soil preparation
Advice on planting, growing and caring for annuals and perennials
Step-by-step plans for organic and edible gardens
Plans for butterfly and children's gardens
One of the best and most affordable strategies people can employ to combat global warming is to improve the energy and water efficiency of their homes. Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies provides homeowners with advice, tips, and projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution. After performing a do-it-yourself home energy audit, readers create an action plan based on their personal goals. Readers are presented with a wide range of potential solutions, from making better use of blinds and awnings to exploring geothermal options in order to reduce household costs and their impact on the planet.
Have you thought about signing with your baby or toddler? Parents and caregivers are discovering the benefits of using American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with children long before they can speak. Some studies show that signing babies talk sooner, have larger vocabularies, and have fewer tantrums!
Baby Signing For Dummies gives you the skills to connect in a meaningful way with your hearing baby or toddler. Packed with more than 150 illustrated signs, this friendly, easy-to-follow guide shows you how to use simple hand gestures and baby-specific signing techniques to start interacting with your baby. Every sign is accompanied by step-by-step directions and an illustration—from meeting and greeting, people, and mealtime signs to clothes, animals, outdoor signs, and, of course, bath time and bedtime. You’ll discover how to:
Introduce signs to your baby
Incorporate signing into daily life
Make everyday events easier with signs
Overcome stumbling blocks
Decrease fussing and crying through signing
Help your baby sign combinations of words
Keep your baby safe with signing
Get the whole family involved
Find outside help (Web sites, videos, and signing schools and courses)
Understand the sleep effects of life changes, prematurity, and health issues
Find your way to your family's best sleep solutions!
Do you wonder whether you'll ever sleep through the night again? Relax! This reassuring guide provides the essential information you need to help your kids to go to sleep -- and stay asleep -- all night long, whatever their age or stage of development. So cheer up -- a good night's sleep is just pages away!
Foster healthy sleep patterns for life
Tailor your approach to your child's personality
Establish bedtime rules in a nurturing way
Handle snoring, night terrors, bedwetting, and other distressing issues
Discover how to:
Organize a room in five steps
Put important organization practices to good use
Gather the right tools
Create order in every area of your home and your life
Take control of your space and bring harmony back to your life!
Do you have too much stuff? Need to bring order back to your home? Now you can do it yourself!
From organizing a closet to reclaiming your home office to handling a complete garage makeover, you can easily eliminate household clutter. This practical guide is filled with hands-on projects featuring lists of materials; detailed instructions; and step-by-step, full-color photos. Now youcan confidently tackle your house room by room!
Stuff you need to know:
Discover the tools and time you need to organize
Declutter your kitchen
Create blissful bedrooms and clean closets
Play up your kids' spaces
Learn to love yourlaundry room
And much more!
This new edition offers all of the latest information expecting parents want to know, including expanded coverage on the health and well-being of both mother and child. It takes readers through the first, second, and third trimesters, providing new and updated coverage of prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis, amniocentesis, new high-tech ultrasounds, and the revised FDA/USDA food pyramid. It also discusses the recent celebrity trend of "on-demand" cesarean sections, multiple births, what to expect in labor and delivery, postpartum care, choosing bottle or breastfeeding, preparing a home (and siblings) for a new baby, caring for preemies, and the mother's mental as well as physical health.
From prenatal testing through colic, this comprehensive video guide ushers viewers through the same territory as its namesake book. Divided into four parts (one for each trimester and a section on baby's first three months), this three-hour, two-disc set animates Wendy, the anxious cartoon mom-to-be, and uses real patients of the book's physician authors to illustrate the various aspects of pregnancy and birth. While separating serious concerns with "Call the doctor" icons, it also includes playful bits like a list of old wives' tales and a game-show format in which Wendy is quizzed on when labor has really begun. From the mundane of shopping for baby things to the profound concerns of birth defects, gestational diabetes, and postpartum depression, almost all aspects of the process are touched upon. The last section takes parents and baby from the Apgar score through a step-by-step guide to changing diapers.
Orchids are beautiful, fragrant, wonderfully varied, and surprisingly affordable. But aren't they hard to grow at home? No! says orchid grower extraordinaire Steve Frowine. In this handy guide, he shows you step by step how to select the right orchids, keep them healthy, encourage blooms, and even propagate your own plants.
Discover how to:
* Select orchids that will thrive in your home
* Water, fertilize,and propagate orchids
* Decipher complicated orchid names
* Get familiar with favorite orchid varieties
* Create spectacular orchid displays
Want to save time, money, and frustration on plumbing repair and replacement? Do it yourself! Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies turns even the most daunting household plumbing project into a simple, step-by-step process that delivers professional-quality results at a fraction of what you'd have to pay a plumber—and you won't have to wait weeks for an appointment.
From fixing leaks and drips to caulking a tub or shower, to replacing a faucet, you'll discover how to tackle 40 of the most common plumbing jobs in your home. Easy-to-follow, detailed instructions and hundreds of photos and illustrations guide you through each task. And, you'll even discover what surprises to expect and how to prepare for them. This user-friendly guide delivers all the help you need to:
* Understand your home's plumbing system
* Comply with local plumbing codes
* Fill your plumbing toolbox—including safety equipment
* Organize, plan, and prepare for your plumbing job
* Repair and upgrade faucets of all kinds
* Unclog drains, traps, and toilets
* Replace toilet parts and fix leaky tanks and bowls
* Stop toilet tanks from sweating
* Deal with noisy, sweaty, and frozen pipes
* Replace a dishwasher or garbage disposal
The easy way to get a green thumb in container gardening!
Want to spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with annuals, perennials, vegetables, and succulents? This updated edition of Container Gardening For Dummies gives you clear, concise step-by-step instructions for cultivating delightful gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old watering can. It also includes color photos to inspire your designs.
Getting the dirt on container gardening — discover the advantages of growing plants in containers and learn how to maximize your garden conditions to help plants thrive
Picking a pot to plant in — take a look around your living space and determine the best location and type of container for your garden
Enjoying a summer fling — get the lowdown on the best single-season flowers, vegetables, and bulbs for container growing
Putting down roots — find out which perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits, and berries give year-round impact
Designing and decorating — take advantage of ideas and inspiration for creating eye-catching container gardening displays
Open the book and find:
Things you need to know before planting
A quick primer on climate
What to look for in a soil mix
How to work with perennials and annuals
Information you need to help you choose plants
Why and when containers need water and fertilizer
Guidance on replanting, repotting, and pruning
Tips for preventing insect pests and diseases
Ways to liven up your space with trees, shrubs, and vines
Choose, plant, and care for flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs
Grow vegetables and herbs just steps away from your kitchen
Cultivate charming gardens in any climate
Get on board the green machine! Here's how to assess your technology's green factor and make small changes with big impact. You'll also find tips for using technology in green ways and advice on getting rid of old devices in an environmentally friendly way. Learn what to buy, when to upgrade, where to find green ideas, and much more.
Watch your step — calculate the size of your carbon footprint and see how much your electronics contribute to it
Do your home work — find great advice to help you make the case to your employer for telecommuting options
You have the power — to use less energy, and you'll find lots of ways to do that
Green upgrades — discover how to give your current computer a green makeover
Buying green — learn what to look for when shopping for a new computer and peripherals
When it's time to retire your electronic devices — uncover earth-friendly ways to recycle your old computer and be sure you don't give away your personal data
Sharing is good — see how home networks, device sharing, and Windows Home Server can protect the planet
The green cloud — find out why cloud computing makes green sense
Open the book and find:
What the Energy Star can tell you
Tips for reducing energy use throughout your home
The difference between Energy Star and EnergyGuide
How to decide what to print and what to read on an electronic device
Ten great places to find green hints
Definitions of common green terms
How to prepare equipment for recycling
Guidelines for setting up a green home office
This hands–on guide will help you prepare for and manage simple home repairs and improvements.Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a host of other experts guide you through the trials and tribulations of DIY, helping you to carry out a range of projects – from fixing a leaky tap to hanging wallpaper – safely, cheaply and with minimum disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step techniques and the lay–flat binding is perfect for on–the–job DIY advice.
Understand your child's nutritional needs and prepare fast, tasty meals
Babies and toddlers need good nutrition to grow and thrive, and this essential, timesaving guide makes it easy to feed your child right. It explains exactly what foods you should introduce at what ages -- and shows you how to prepare fresh, home-cooked baby and toddler meals that beat anything you can get from a jar or box.
Discover how to
* Save money and expand your baby-food budget
* Dish up healthy, well-balanced meals
* Introduce new foods at the right time
* Serve foods with high kid-appeal
* Have fun cooking with your child