Item# ATH
ISBN13: 978-0-942679-30-4
ISBN: 978-0-942679-30-4
Copyright 2007
464 pp.
Form: Paperback, Trade paperback (US)
Price: $16.95

About the House with Henri de Marne

How to Maintain, Repair, Upgrade, and Enjoy Your Home

By Henri de Marne

This is a complete manual for homeowners. When things go wrong, or when you are ready to remodel, you need expert advice. Henri de Marne is one of America’s best known and most trusted experts, who has answered just about every question a homeowner can face. For example:

          • What is the green stuff growing on my roof?
          • Why does my basement stay damp?
          • How can I get rid of carpenter bees?
          • Can I paint my basement floor?
          • What can I do about the rust stains on my driveway?
          • Which heating and cooling systems are most efficient?
          • How can I scrub the little black spots off of my vinyl siding?
          • Does the asbestos on my pipes put my family in danger?
          • Why do my plumbing pipes make a banging sound?
          • Why do cracks appear between my walls and ceiling every winter?

Those are just a few of the thousands of questions Henri de Marne has addressed in his syndicated newspaper column, First Aid for the Ailing House. With this book, you can find the answers whenever you need them.De Marne has updated all the answers for this book, to reflect the latest in research, materials, methods, concerns, and tastes. The result is a comprehensive manual for today’s homeowners, a ready reference to consult whenever things go wrong or improvements are planned.

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What People are Saying                              Sample Content

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What People are Saying

Hoffer Award BannerWhat People are SayingAmong many other distinctions, About the House with Henri de Marne was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award

“A house does not heal itself. Which is perhaps why I’m so fond of About the House with Henri de Marne. It’s a question-and-answer book you can browse randomly, flitting from topic to topic until you come across a problem you have in your own home and then find an immediate solution to it.”—Kathy Price-Robinson, Los Angeles Times

“I read a lot of books on real estate, and most are only marginally useful. Many are by experienced writers who don’t truly understand the topic but get published anyway. Others are by knowledgeable authors, but their lack of writing skills makes their books hard to use or difficult to read.
“This week I’m happy to report on the new book, About the House with Henri de Marne: How to Maintain, Repair, Upgrade and Enjoy Your Home. De Marne’s book would make a good gift, especially for a first-time home buyer. It’s a manual that covers any array of household tasks and gives a great overview of the physical elements of a house.”—John Adams, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Henri de Marne has compiled over 32 years of savvy construction expertise in this very practical book on just about everything that can happen—or go wrong—with a house. A real treasure-trove of common sense advice.”—Journal of Light Construction Update
“Henri de Marne, known for his newspaper column ‘First Aid for the Ailing House,’ answers more than 1,000 frequently asked questions from homeowners in About the House with Henri de Marne: How to Maintain, Repair, Upgrade and Enjoy Your Home—Publishers Weekly
“Complete with photographs, diagrams, and drawings, Mr. de Marne leaves no stone unturned and eliminates those pesky multiple trips to the hardware store. . . . A perfect addition to every home, About the House should be a standard fixture next to your medical, cooking, and other reference books. A great gift for existing homeowners or new ones, and I’m not ignoring renters. If you live in a building you should have this book.—Mark Nash, Reviewer’s Bookwatch
“An excellent resource of tips, tricks, and techniques for keeping one’s home in top condition.”—Midwest Book Review
“This book may become my top reference for household repair and maintenance. About the House is immediately accessible with clear headings. . . . . The scope of the book runs the gamut from Astroturf (how to remove it from a veranda with boiling water) to zinc roofing strips (to prevent growth of mold and algae).”—Sheila Robertson, Acreage Life
“Henri de Marne puts years of experience as a home inspector to good use in his new book About the House. The entire book is made up of Q&As, explaining and solving homeowners’ frustrations—from hot-water pipes that bang and filling scratches in laminate countertops to deterring woodpeckers and mildew.Tucson Home Magazine

Sample Content

Contents Acknowledgments

  • Foundations, Basements, Crawlspaces
    Foundations for New Houses and Additions
    Foundation Repair
    Water and Moisture Problems in Foundations
    Mold, Mildew, and Musty Smells
    Cellars with Dirt Floors
    Crawl Spaces
  • Roofs and Siding
    Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles
    Cedar Shingles and Shakes
    Roof Vegetation
    Metal Roofing
    Flat Roof Coverings
    Miscellaneous Roof Problems

Wood Siding
Vinyl Siding
Aluminum Siding
Asbestos Siding
Brick Houses
Stone Houses
Log Houses
Miscellaneous Types of Siding
Miscellaneous Issues

  • Windows and Doors
    New and Replacement Windows and Doors
    Comfort and Energy Efficiency
    Overheating and UV Damage
    Cleaning and Polishing Window Components
    Repairing Damaged Windows and Doors
    Paint, Varnish, and Other Finish Work
    Moisture Problems
    Miscellaneous Issues
  • Plumbing, Electricity, HVAC
    Hot Water
    Water Color and Quality
    Bad Smells
    Noisy Plumbing
    Faucets, Sinks, Tubs
    Water Supply, Pipes, Connections
    Septic Systems
    Plumbing Vents
    Exhaust VentsElectrical Systems
    Wiring Issues
    Miscellaneous Electrical QuestionsHeating and Cooling
    Health and Safety
    Noisy Heating Systems
    Problems Caused by Modern Upgrades
    Keeping Temperatures Even Throughout the House
    Options for Upgrading Heating Systems
    Heating and AC-Related Repairs
    System Maintenance
    Closing Down a House for the Winter
    Cold-Weather Problems
    Saving Energy
    Aesthetic Issues
  • Kitchens and Baths
    Tubs, Showers, and Surrounds
    Moisture Problems
    Mold and Mildew
    Protection from water damage
    Grout and Caulk
    Miscellaneous Kitchen & Bathroom Issues
  • Interior Surfaces: Floors, Ceilings, and Walls
    Squeaky Floors
    Wood Floors, Maintenance and Repair
    Vinyl Flooring, Maintenance and Repair
    Carpets and Rugs
    Ceramic and Quarry Tile
    Brick, Stone, and Related Materials
    Basement Floors and WallsWalls: Plaster, Drywall, Wood, and Related Materials
    Ceilings: Cracks, Sags, Dirt and Streaks
    Paint and Other Finishes
    Structural Issues
  • Insulation
    Insulating the Foundation
    Foundation Insulation and Vapor Retarders
    Insulating a Finished Basement
    Other Ways to Improve Foundation Insulation
    Roof Insulation
    Insulation and Ceilings
    Improving Insulation in Existing Homes
    Unintended Effects of Improved Insulation
  • Critters, Pests and other Nuisances
    Ants and Termites
    Wasps and Bees
    Moths and Carpet Beetles
    Squirrels and Chipmunks
    Flies of Various Types
    Miscellaneous Pests
    Beneficial Creatures
    Health and Safety Issues
  • Outside the House
    Garages, Carports, and Sheds
    Fences, Walls, and Railings
    Outdoor Stoops and Stairs
    Outdoor Furniture and Equipment
    Landscaping Issues
    Septic and Drainage
    Pools and Ponds


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