Business and Administrative Communication [10th edition]

Business and Administrative Communication [10th edition]

Business and Administrative Communication [10th edition] by Kitty Locker, Donna Kienzler
2012 | PDF | 48.55MB

The tenth edition of Business and Administrative Communication is a true leader in the business communication field. It is described as flexible, specific, interesting, comprehensive, and up-to-date. Unique among business communications textbooks, it focuses on the rhetorical emphases of audience, purpose, and context to allow communicators to shape their messages more appropriately to all channels and for all purposes.

Beyond covering the broad scope of topics in all forms of business communication, this text uses a student-friendly writing style and strong design elements to hold students’ attention. Real-world examples and real business applications underscore the relevance and importance of the material to the business communication students’ academic and career work. The tenth edition also conveys the best possible advice to students through its research base; the author’s reputation as a contributor to this field of study lends an even greater element of “teachability” and relevance to this market-leading title.

Megachange: The World in 2050 [Audiobook]

Megachange: The World in 2050 [Audiobook]

Megachange: The World in 2050 [Audiobook] by Daniel Franklin, John Andrews, Read by David Thorpe
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 22 mins | 285.1MB

Building on the hugely successful annual Economist 'The World in ...' publications, this essential guide to the 21st century captures the sweeping, fundamental trends that are changing the world faster than at any time in human history.

In 2050 there will be 9.3 billion people alive - compared with 7 billion today - and the number will still be rising. The population aged over 65 will have more than doubled, to more than 16 percent; China's GDP will be 80 percent more than America's; and the number of cars on India's roads will have increased by 3,880 percent. And, in 2050 it should be clear whether we are alone in the universe.What other megachanges can we expect - and what will their impact be?

This comprehensive and compelling book will cover the most significant trends that are shaping the coming decades, with each of its 20 chapters elegantly and authoritatively outlined by Economist contributors, and rich in supporting facts and figures. It will chart the rise and fall of fertility rates across continents; how energy resources will change in light of new technology, and how different nations will deal with major developments in science and warfare.

Megachange is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what the next four decades hold in store.

Celebrity, Inc: How Famous People Make Money [Audiobook]

Celebrity, Inc: How Famous People Make Money [Audiobook]

Celebrity, Inc: How Famous People Make Money [Audiobook] by Jo Piazza, Read by Jean Barrett
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 7 hrs 34 mins | 416.24MB

From $10,000 tweets to making money in the afterlife, a recovering gossip columnist explores the business lessons that power the Hollywood Industrial Complex.

Why do celebrities get paid so much more than regular people to do a job that seems to afford them the same amount of leisure time as most retirees? What do Bush-era economics have to do with the rise of Kim Kardashian? How do the laws of supply and demand explain why the stars of Teen Mom are on the cover of Us Weekly? And how was the sale of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's baby pictures a little like a street drug deal?

After a decade spent toiling as an entertainment journalist and gossip columnist, Jo Piazza asks the hard questions about the business behind celebrity. Make no mistake: celebrity is an industry. Never in the course of human history has the market for celebrities been as saturated as it is today. Nearly every day most Americans will consume something a celebrity is selling - a fragrance, a sneaker, a song, a movie, a show, a tweet, or a photo in a magazine.

With the benefits of Piazza's unique access to the celebrity market, Celebrity, Inc. explains in detail what generates cash for the industry and what drains value faster than a starlet downs champagne in 12 fascinating case studies that tackle celebrities the way industry analysts would dissect any consumer brand.

Globality [Audiobook]

Globality [Audiobook]

Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything [Audiobook] by Hal Sirkin, Jim Hemerling, Arindam Bhattacharya
2008 | MP3 ABR | 5 hrs 13 mins | 231.07MB

You know those news reports that show how American students lag way behind kids from other far-off countries when it comes to scoring on standard math, science, and technology tests?

Well, those kids from those far off lands have now grown up and are eager to claim the world as their turf.

Globalization is about Americans outsourcing product development and services to other countries. Globality is the next step, where rapidly developing economies from around the world are now competing with us head to head. The authors present a strong case that the economic climate in which we have lived is going to change in unprecedented ways.

Over the past five years, Hal Sirkin, Jim Hemerling and Arindam Bhattacharya of the prestigious Boston Consulting Group have completed an exhaustive study of more than 3,000 companies operating in the new emerging market economies of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Eastern Europe. Sirkin, Hemerling and Bhattacharya believe that these companies that seem obscure today will be the GMs, Monsantos, Apples, Proctor and Gambles and Toyotas of the future.

Sooner than we think, we will either end up working for these foreign-based companies or, even worse, have to compete with them. Globality will describe how these new companies have come to power, and how, in the West, we will have to step up our game if we are to compete with these new, lean, powerful businesses.

Leadership and Self-Deception [Audiobook]

Leadership and Self-Deception [Audiobook]

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box [Audiobook] by Arbinger Institute, Read by William Dufris
2005 | MP3@128 kbps | 4 hrs 42 mins | 259.78MB

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. Through an entertaining and highly instructive story, this audio shows what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and, most importantly, the surprising way to solve it.

The Arbinger Institute is a consulting firm and scholarly consortium that includes people trained in business, law, economics, philosophy, the family, education, and psychology. Arbinger has worked with leaders from such major organizations as Microsoft, 3M, Cornell University, and the U.S. Navy.

The Founder's Dilemmas

The Founder's Dilemmas

The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman
2013 | EPUB | 6.59MB

Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin. The Founder's Dilemmas is the first book to examine the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team.

Drawing on a decade of research, Noam Wasserman reveals the common pitfalls founders face and how to avoid them. He looks at whether it is a good idea to cofound with friends or relatives, how and when to split the equity within the founding team, and how to recognize when a successful founder-CEO should exit or be fired. Wasserman explains how to anticipate, avoid, or recover from disastrous mistakes that can splinter a founding team, strip founders of control, and leave founders without a financial payoff for their hard work and innovative ideas. He highlights the need at each step to strike a careful balance between controlling the startup and attracting the best resources to grow it, and demonstrates why the easy short-term choice is often the most perilous in the long term.

The Founder's Dilemmas draws on the inside stories of founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Tim Westergren of Pandora, while mining quantitative data on almost ten thousand founders.

People problems are the leading cause of failure in startups. This book offers solutions.



Strategic Management: Concepts

Strategic Management: Concepts

Strategic Management: Concepts by Frank Rothaermel
2012 | AZW3 | 23.17MB

Combining quality and user-friendliness with rigor and relevance, Frank T. Rothaermel synthesizes theory, empirical research, and practical applications in a breakthrough new text designed to prepare students for the types of challenges they will face as managers in the globalized and turbulent business environment of the 21st century.

This new textbook, written with a single, strong voice, weaves together classic and cutting-edge theory with in-chapter cases and strategy highlights, to teach students how companies gain and sustain competitive advantage. OneBook...OneVoice...OneVision

The Lean Entrepreneur

The Lean Entrepreneur
The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate with New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets by Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits
2013 | EPUB | 9.18MB

You are not a Visionary . . . yet. The Lean Entrepreneur shows you how to become one.

Most of us believe entrepreneurial visionaries are born, not made. Our media glorify business outliers like Bezos, Branson, Gates, and Jobs as heroes with X-ray vision who can look to the future, see clearly what will be, imagine a fully formed product or experience, and then simply make the vision real.

Many in our entrepreneur community still believe that to be visionary, we must merely execute on a seemingly good idea and ignore all doubt. With this mindset, companies build doomed products in a vacuum; enterprises make ill-fated innovation investment decisions; and employees and shareholders come along for an uncomfortable ride.

Falling prey to the Myth of the Visionary confuses talented entrepreneurs, product managers, innovators, and investors. It leads us to heartbreaking, costly, and preventable failures in new product and venture development.

The Lean Entrepreneur moves us beyond this myth. It combines powerful customer insight, rapid experimentation, and easily actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to empower individuals, companies, and entire teams to evolve their vision, solve problems, and create value at the speed of the Internet.

Anyone can be visionary. The Lean Entrepreneur shows you how to:

  • Apply actionable tips, tricks, and hacks from successful lean entrepreneurs
  • Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt existing markets and create new ones
  • Drive strategies for efficient market testing with Minimal Viable Products
  • Engage customers with Viability Testing and radically reduce the time and budget for product development
  • Rapidly create cross-functional innovation teams that devour roadblocks and set new benchmarks
  • Bring your organization critical focus on the power of loyal customers and valuable products you can build to serve them

Business Intelligence: A Managerial Approach [2nd Edition]

Business Intelligence: A Managerial Approach [2nd Edition]

Business Intelligence: A Managerial Approach [Second Edition] by Efraim Turban, Ramesh Sharda, Dursun Delen, David King
2010 | PDF | 11.89MB

A managerial approach to understanding business intelligence systems.

To help future managers use and understand analytics, Business Intelligence provides a solid foundation of BI that is reinforced with hands-on practice.

The second edition features updated information on data mining, text and web mining, and implementation and emerging technologies.

HBR's Must Reads Digital Boxed Set (6 Books)

HBR's Must Reads Digital Boxed Set (6 Books)

HBR's Must Reads Digital Boxed Set (6 Books) [HBR's 10 Must Reads]
2011 | EPUB | 4.8MB

You want the most important ideas on management all in one place. Now you can have them—in a boxed set of HBR’s Must Reads.

This six-title collection includes only the most critical articles from the world’s top management experts, curated from Harvard Business Review’s rich archives. We’ve done the work of selecting them so you won’t have to. From leadership and strategy to managing yourself and others, HBR’s Must Reads offer foundational articles on essential business topics to help you maximize your organization’s performance and your own.

The series includes:

HBR’s 10 Must Reads: The Essentials

This book brings together the best thinking from management’s most influential experts. Arm yourself with the insights of Michael Porter on competitive advantage, John Kotter on leading change, Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence, Peter Drucker on managing your career, Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation, Tom Davenport on analytics, Robert Kaplan and David Norton on measuring strategy with the “balanced scorecard,” Rosabeth Moss Kanter on innovation, Ted Levitt on marketing, and C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel on core competence. Once you’ve read these definitive articles, you can delve into each core topic the series explores: managing yourself, managing people, leadership, strategy, and change management.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. Here’s how to stay engaged throughout your 50-year work life, tap into your deepest values, solicit candid feedback, replenish your physical and mental energy, and rebound from tough times. This book includes the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People

Managing your employees is fraught with challenges, even if you’re a seasoned pro. Boost their performance by tailoring your management styles to their temperaments, motivating with responsibility rather than money, fostering trust through solicited input, giving rookie managers the support they need, and building high-performing teams.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership

Are you an extraordinary leader—or just a good manager? Learn how to motivate others to excel, build your team’s confidence, set direction, encourage smart risk-taking, credit others for your success, and draw strength from adversity.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy

Is your company spending too much time on strategy development, with too little to show for it? Discover what it takes to distinguish your company from rivals, clarify what it will (and won’t) do, create blue oceans of uncontested market space, and make your priorities explicit so employees can realize your vision.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Change Management

Most companies’ change initiatives fail—but yours can beat the odds. Learn how to overcome addiction to the status quo, establish a sense of urgency, mobilize commitment and resources, silence naysayers, minimize the pain of change, and motivate change even when business is good.

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Leadership

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Leadership

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Leadership (with featured article "What Makes an Effective Executive," by Peter F Drucker)
2011 | PDF | 1.77MB

Go from being a good manager to an extraordinary leader.

If you read nothing else on leadership, read these 10 articles (featuring “What Makes an Effective Executive,” by Peter F. Drucker). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles on leadership and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your own and your organization's performance.

HBR's 10 Must Reads On Leadership will inspire you to:

  • Motivate others to excel
  • Build your team's self-confidence in others
  • Provoke positive change
  • Set direction
  • Encourage smart risk-taking
  • Manage with tough empathy
  • Credit others for your success
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Draw strength from adversity

This collection of best-selling articles includes: featured article "What Makes an Effective Executive" by Peter F. Drucker, "What Makes a Leader?" "What Leaders Really Do," "The Work of Leadership," "Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?" "Crucibles of Leadership," "Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve," "Seven Transformations of Leadership," "Discovering Your Authentic Leadership," and "In Praise of the Incomplete Leader."

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Managing People

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Managing People

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Managing People (with featured article "Leadership That Gets Results," by Daniel Goleman)
2011 | PDF | 3.46MB

HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.
HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment. Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.
If you read nothing else on managing people, read these 10 articles. They will help you maximize your employees' performance.

You'll learn how to:

  • Tailor management styles to fit your people.
  • Motivate with more responsibility, not more money.
  • Support first-time managers.
  • Avoid weak performers living down to your expectations.
  • Build trust by soliciting input.
  • Teach smart people how to learn from failure.
  • Build high-performing teams.
  • Manage your boss.

Table of Contents:

  1. Leadership That Gets Results - Daniel Goleman
  2. One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees? - Frederick Herzberg
  3. The Set-Up-to-Fail Syndrome - Manzoni, Jean-Francois and Barsoux, Jean-Louis
  4. Saving Your Rookie Managers from Themselves - Walker, Carol A.
  5. What Great Managers Do - Buckingham, Marcus
  6. Fair Process: Managing in the Knowledge Economy - Kim, W. Chan and Mauborgne, Renée
  7. Teaching Smart People How to Learn - Argyris, Chris
  8. How (Un)ethical Are You? - Banaji, Mahzarin R.; Bazerman, Max H.; and Chugh, Dolly
  9. The Discipline of Teams - Katzenbach, Jon R. and Smith, Douglas K.
  10. Managing Your Boss - John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Collaboration

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Collaboration

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Collaboration (with featured article "Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership," by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis)
2013 | MOBI | 599.7KB

Join forces with others inside and outside your organization to solve your toughest problems.

If you read nothing else on collaborating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you work more productively with people on your team, in other departments, and in other organizations.

Leading experts such as Daniel Goleman, Herminia Ibarra, and Morten Hansen provide the insights and advice you need to:

  • Forge strong relationships up, down, and across the organization
  • Build a collaborative culture
  • Bust silos
  • Harness informal knowledge sharing
  • Pick the right type of collaboration for your business
  • Manage conflict wisely
  • Know when not to collaborate

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Making Smart Decisions

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Making Smart Decisions

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Making Smart Decisions (with featured article "Before You Make That Big Decision" by Daniel Kahneman, Dan Lovallo, and Olivier Sibony)
2013 | AZW3 | 517.11KB

NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series.
Learn why bad decisions happen to good managers—and how to make better ones.

If you read nothing else on decision making, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you and your organization make better choices and avoid common traps.

Leading experts such as Ram Charan, Michael Mankins, and Thomas Davenport provide the insights and advice you need to:

  • Make bold decisions that challenge the status quo
  • Support your decisions with diverse data
  • Evaluate risks and benefits with equal rigor
  • Check for faulty cause-and-effect reasoning
  • Test your decisions with experiments
  • Foster and address constructive criticism
  • Defeat indecisiveness with clear accountability

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Innovation

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Innovation

HBR's 10 Must Reads: On Innovation (with featured article "The Discipline of Innovation," by Peter F Drucker)
2013 | MOBI | 764.41KB

NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series.
To innovate profitably, you need more than just creativity. Do you have what it takes?

If you read nothing else on inspiring and executing innovation, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you innovate effectively.

Leading experts such as Clayton Christensen, Peter Drucker, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter provide the insights and advice you need to:

  • Decide which ideas are worth pursuing
  • Innovate through the front lines—not just from the top
  • Adapt innovations from the developing world to wealthier markets
  • Tweak new ventures along the way using discovery-driven planning
  • Tailor your efforts to meet customers’ most pressing needs
  • Avoid classic pitfalls such as stifling innovation with rigid processes

The Definitive Guide to Effective Innovation [Collection]

The Definitive Guide to Effective Innovation [Collection]

The Definitive Guide to Effective Innovation [FT Press Delivers Collections] by Craig M Vogel, Jonathan Cagan, Tony Davila, Marc Epstein, Robert Shelton, Andy Bruce, David M Birchall, Luke Williams
2013 | EPUB | 15.53MB

A brand new collection of state-of-the-art guides to business innovation and transformation.

4 authoritative books help you infuse innovation throughout everything your business does: not just once, but constantly!

This extraordinary collection shows how to make breakthrough, high-profit innovation happen – again and again. Start with the recently updated edition of Making Innovation Work: a formal innovation process proven to help ordinary managers drive top and bottom line growth from innovation. This guidebook draws on unsurpassed innovation consulting experience, and the most thorough review of innovation research ever performed. It shows what works, what doesn’t, and how to use management tools and metrics to dramatically increase the payoff of innovation investments. You’ll learn to define the right strategy for effective innovation; structure organizations, management systems, and incentives for innovation, and much more.

Next, Innovation: Fast Track to Success helps you get six key things right about innovation: planning, pipeline, process, platform, people, and performance. You’ll learn how to deeply integrate innovation throughout team structure, so you can move from buzzwords to achievement.

Then, in Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business, frog design’s Luke Williams shows how to start generating (and executing on) a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions. Williams combines the fluid creativity of “disruptive thinking” with the analytical rigor that’s indispensable to business success. The result: a simple yet complete five-stage process for imagining a powerful market disruption, and transforming it into reality that can catch an entire industry by surprise.

Finally, in the highly-anticipated Second Edition of Creating Breakthrough Products: Revealing the Secrets that Drive Global Innovation, Jonathan Cagan and Craig Vogel offer an indispensable roadmap for uncovering new opportunities, identifying what customers really value today, and building products and services that redefine (or create entirely new) markets. This edition contains brand-new chapters on service design and global innovation, new insights and best practices, and new case studies ranging from Navistar’s latest long-haul truck to P&G’s reinvention of Herbal Essence. With even more visual maps and illustrations, it’s even more intuitive, accessible, and valuable!

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques: Projects and Inspiration for Creative Canework by Donna Kato
2008 | EPUB | 54.25MB

A thousand and one ideas for making beautiful polymer clay millefiori. In Venetian glassmaking, slender rods of molten glass are shaped, then cut to reveal amazingly detailed patterns: flowers, geometric shapes, dancing colors. These slices are called millefiori, "thousand flowers," because they form a carpet of flowers when placed side by side. Now celebrity author Donna Kato shows crafters exactly how to re-create these intricate, fascinating designs in polymer clay.

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques reveals the entire process: how to work with the polymer clay, the basics of planning and creating a cane, and using color effectively. Dozens of canes, from simple to simply stunning, are included, and everything is clearly explained and illustrated with full-color photos, the Donna Kato way. Throughout the book, examples of stunning work by such millefiori artists as Kathy Amt, Pier Voulkos, and Kathleen Dustin provide inspiration. There must be a thousand ways to make beautiful millefiori... explore them all in The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques.

The Jeweler's Studio Handbook

The Jeweler's Studio Handbook

The Jeweler's Studio Handbook: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Working with Metal and Mixed Media Materials by Brandon Holschuh
2009 | EPUB | 27.12MB

Master the art and craft of metal jewelry making in your own home studio!

Great jewelry is original, well-designed, and -- with the right tools -- can be created at home by the aspiring artist. The Jeweler's Studio Handbook guides you through the process of equipping your own jewelry studio and teaches you the techniques that will have you crafting one-of-a-kind metal jewelry in no time.

Artist Brandon Holschuh walks you through planning your work space, selecting tools and materials, mastering basic metalwork techniques, and applying your new skills to twenty original pieces. In addition, The Jeweler's Studio Handbook encourages novel design, good organization and fearless experimentation, ensuring it will remain an invaluable resource for jewelry artists for years to come.

  • Invites you into the world of the home jewelry artist, from workbench to gallery
  • Teaches fundamental jewelry-making techniques -- hammering, soldering, riveting, and more -- in full-color photographs
  • Illustrates the steps for crafting twenty beautiful pieces of metalwork jewelry, including rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants
  • Features gallery-quality jewelry from dozens of contributing artists

The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry

The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry

The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry by John Sartin
2013 | EPUB | 79.51MB

With beautiful illustrations and step-by-step instructions, this how-to book includes all the techniques involved in crafting metal jewelry, including:

  • Cutting and filing
  • Cold connections
  • Soldering
  • Texturing
  • Forging and forming
  • Setting stones
  • Applying specialty finishes

The book's clear organization provides easy access to information with straightforward directions and hundreds of full-color photos. You'll also find easy projects for trying the techniques, as well as a stunning gallery of metal jewelry pieces by experienced designers. Find beautiful jewelry examples and gain skills and inspiration with The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry!

HomeSkills: Plumbing

HomeSkills: Plumbing

Plumbing: Install & Repair Your Own Toilets, Faucets, Sinks, Tubs, Showers, Drains [HomeSkills]
2013 | PDF | 32.7MB

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Plumbing will give you power over your pipes.

If you’ve ever had to call a plumber, you know firsthand that hiring a professional will cost you dearly. But saving money isn’t the only major motivation behind DIY plumbing, as the well-informed routine maintenance of your systems can protect your entire home from water damage and a laundry list of other inconveniences.

With HomeSkills: Plumbing, you’ll gain a full understanding of the what, how, and why of plumbing work, from general theory and descriptions of the typical home plumbing system to detailed information on the most common materials, fittings, and tools. Your new set of skills—sweating copper tubing, solvent-welding PVC pipe, making solid compression connections, and others—will enable you to install or replace toilets, sinks, faucets, showers, garbage disposals, tubs, and much more.

And you won’t have to worry about staying on the cutting edge of plumbing technique: we’ve included sections on modern troubleshooting and repairs, as well as all the latest materials (such as PEX tubing), with information that’s guaranteed to comply with current plumbing codes. Add to that the book’s 300 foolproof how-to photos and the only thing you’ll find overflowing is your wallet.

HomeSkills: Wiring

HomeSkills: Wiring

Wiring: Fix Your Own Lights, Switches, Receptacles, Boxes, Cables & More [HomeSkills]
2013 | EPUB | 36.41MB

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Wiring will make you the brightest thing in your house.

Few trades are more dangerous to the novice than working with electricity. In wiring, understanding the finer details is crucial to your personal safety—it is a craft that demands only the most reliable information, and HomeSkills: Wiring provides just that. Its skills-based approach to electrical work does more than simply tell you to connect the black wire to the brass terminal; it familiarizes you with each step along the way so you understand the larger purpose for every task.

The book sensibly distills the fundamental components of successful wiring: an overview of home electrical service and how it works; discussion of tools, tool usage, and materials handling; and step-by-step instructions for stripping insulated wire, making connections with a wire connector, running cable through walls, wiring ceiling lights, hooking up receptacles and switches, grounding electrical loads safely, navigating your electrical service panel, and other common wiring jobs.

Add to these dependable lessons the book’s 300 beautiful how-to photos, with content updated to meet current electrical codes, and you’ll soon be conquering your home’s electrical projects safely and efficiently—without paying a premium for it.

HomeSkills: Landscaping

HomeSkills: Landscaping

Landscape Ideas You Can Use: How to Choose Structures, Surfaces & Plants That Transform Your Yard [HomeSkills]
2013 | PDF | 88.79MB

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Landscaping will make your lawn space the envy of your neighborhood.

Take a quick glance outside your window. What do you see? If it’s a sprawling panorama of flawless landscaping design, if it looks uncannily like a postcard, then you’re all set! But if, like most of us, your yard is just a bit lacking, then this is your how-to guide to finally achieving the outdoor space you’ve always wanted.

HomeSkills: Landscaping offers a complete look at every aspect of landscaping, from early design to project execution. First, you’ll gain an overview of the many options at your disposal, exclusively featuring popular DIY products that are readily available and affordable. You’ll learn which design effect will best fit your particular home landscape, be it a flagstone patio, a vinyl fence or a healthy row of perfectly situated arbor vitae. And no matter which direction you take, this hardworking book will seamlessly bring you there by covering all the essential landscaping skills, from proper excavation and boulder transportation to planting shrubs and sand-setting interlocking pavers.

Patios, walkways, overhead arbors, windbreaks, fences and gates . . . you’ll learn the best techniques for creating all of the beautiful planted and built elements that define any successful home landscape. Best of all, your new space will be cherished by family and friends alike—and the neighbors will quickly forget their jealousy when they’re enjoying it alongside you.

HomeSkills: Carpentry

HomeSkills: Carpentry

Carpentry: An Introduction to Sawing, Drilling, Shaping & Joining Wood [ HomeSkills]
2013 | PDF | 33.8MB

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Carpentry teaches you the essential skill of woodworking.

At the core of every true handyperson is the ability to work with wood. In the home, the garage, or the backyard, the skill of carpentry will prove useful time and time again—it is the ultimate foundational craft of the do-it-yourselfer. With HomeSkills: Carpentry, we invite you to embark on building your DIY skillset by teaching you the basics of woodworking.

You’ll learn how to assemble your starter toolbox and small workshop, and we’ll show you the ropes on using those fundamental tools that will remain staples in your construction arsenal well into the future. Finally, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions for accomplishing some of the most common home carpentry projects: building your own workbench or setup table, hanging a door, building an interior stud wall, working with plywood and sheet goods, and a score of other practical tasks.

Accompanied by 350 detailed photographs and backed by the renowned reputation of Cool Springs Press, this one-stop how-to book will have you well on your way to becoming a bona fide home carpenter. And, dare we say it, you just might have a good time getting there.

HomeSkills: Building Decks

HomeSkills: Building Decks

Building Decks: All the Information You Need to Design & Build Your Own Deck [HomeSkills]
2013 | PDF | 49.99MB

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Building Decks takes the fear out of adding the perfect outdoor element to your house.

There’s a reason that deck building is the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement undertaking today: not only are decks an attractive, customizable component of classic American construction, they also allow for entertainment and relaxation in a way that indoor spaces simply can’t. So if your house is already in top working order, and your lawn is looking mighty green this year, chances are there’s only one thing missing—a deck. Fortunately, with all the innovative new products and materials coming onto the market, decks are easier to self-design and build than ever before. As it turns out, you’re only one how-to book away from creating the deck of your dreams.

In HomeSkills: Building Decks, the expert editors of Cool Springs Press join forces to cover every aspect of deck building, providing streamlined project descriptions with crystal-clear photos that leave no room for guesswork. You’ll learn how to plan and design, then select materials, dig postholes, hang joists, and install the decking itself. We even cover stairs, railings, overheads, and extra accessories like screens and arbors. With 300 illustrations and 10 supplementary diagrams, one thorough book prevents two things from collapsing: you and your shiny new deck. And that’s good for all of us.

HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile

HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile: How to Install Ceramic Tile for Your Floors, Walls, Backsplashes & Countertops [HomeSkills]
2013 | PDF | 24.51MB

As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile turns each of your bland surfaces into a blank canvas.

To many homeowners, laying tile sounds like a recipe for stress, physical injury, artistic embarrassment, or all of the above. But we’ll let you in on a secret: with some basic knowledge and a little persistence, anyone can do it—and you’ll feel especially proud when you tally up the money you just saved by doing it yourself.

With HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile, you’ll receive expert instruction in the fundamentals of tiling your living space. Through user-friendly project descriptions and vivid how-to photography, you’ll learn all the necessary tiling skills in a concise, accessible way: designing your layout and selecting the perfect tiles, handling and cutting them properly, working with grouts and adhesives, and putting the finishing touches on a confident installation. You’ll be able to tackle any surface, from floors and walls to countertops and backsplashes, and at any pace you prefer—take it easy and get it just right over time or blast away and transform an entire room in an afternoon. So set your hesitations aside. HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile is your one-stop DIY guide to the custom tile job you never thought you could pull off.