DIY books are one of the most reliable sources of DIY information. Available in a wide range of topics, you can find DIY books on everything from building a DIY deck to a DIY log cabin. Even if some books might not be available in your neighborhood, you can always purchase DIY books from online bookstores at a little extra cost.
A DIY enthusiast must try and refer to as many sources of DIY information as possible and DIY books are the safest bet. Covering specific as well as general topics, it is always best to keep a few books that cover a wide range of topics. In case you are searching for a book with a specific topic in mind then you can try searching on the internet for the name of the book and then proceed to purchase it.
Before you decide on any DIY book, you should first do research on the ratings the book has received and the comments posted by readers or critics. This will help you assess whether the book is worth buying or not. This is best done through the Internet, as almost any book can be found online. In fact you can also locate stores near your house where the DIY book of your choice might be available.
Popular DIY Books
Some popular DIY books include, 1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints & Tips, Collins Complete DIY Manual, The Reader's Digest Complete DIY Manual with CD-ROM, Need to know DIY, New Complete Do-It-Yourself manual, by Reader's Digest, Self Build: Design & Build, Tommy Walsh DIY Survival and many others. All these books are available online, if not in your neighborhood, so be sure to check these out before you begin any DIY projects.
To select the right book for yourself, first honestly rate yourself as a DIY enthusiast; if you are a novice, then you should start with DIY books on basics of various DIY activities, and then slowly graduate to complex information on how to complete major DIY projects. The biggest advantage of having your own collection of DIY books is that you can refer to these any time you need answers, though they might not always be relevant to your problem. This is the only drawback of books, as they cannot possibly address specific problems of all readers.
But most books clear your basics so well, that you can eventually figure out a solution to most problems, but if you are still having trouble then talking to an expert might help you. Such experts can be visited on DIY forums, or you could also ask specialists in DIY shops. So always supplement your collection of DIY books with other sources as well.