Introduction. Part I: Home Maintenance and You. Chapter 1: Home Maintenance: What It Is and Why It Matters. Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your House and Its Systems. Chapter 3: Putting Together Your Home Maintenance Plan. Part II: The Energy Envelope. Chapter 4: Foundation and Floor Frame Fundamentals. Chapter 5: Roofi ng and Siding. Chapter 6: Windows, Exterior Doors, and Insulation. Part III: Key Systems: Plumbing and HVAC. Chapter 7: Plumbing, Part I: Pipes, Water Heaters, Water Softeners, and More. Chapter 8: Plumbing, Part II: Fixtures. Chapter 9: Plumbing, Part III: Sewer and Septic Systems. Chapter 10: Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems. Part IV: Inside Home Sweet Home. Chapter 11: Walls and Ceilings. Chapter 12: Floors and Interior Doors. Chapter 13: Cabinets and Countertops. Chapter 14: Appliances. Chapter 15: Don?t Get Burned: Fireplaces. Chapter 16: Maintaining Your Home-Safety Systems. Part V: Out in the Great Wide Open. Chapter 17: Walkways, Patios, and Driveways. Chapter 18: Decks, Fences, and Retaining Walls. Chapter 19: And Then There Was Rust. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home. Chapter 21: Ten Maintenance Skills You Need. Index.
James Carey and Morris Carey Jr. share their 55+ years of experience as award-winning, licensed contractors with millions of people nationwide through a weekly radio program and syndicated newspaper column, both titled On The House. They also appear regularly on CBS News Saturday Morning.