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Great reading for holiday home improvement

Wish list of handy books

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Between home improvement projects, the true do-it-yourselfer loves nothing more than curling up with a good book on how to make their homes even better. Here are some great gift ideas that are sure to please the readers on your holiday list this year -- or maybe hints you'd like to drop for yourself: "The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement" (Black & Decker, Creative Publishing, suggested retail $34.95): This is a very well-presented book that is also very easy to understand. It includes step-by-step instructions for some 250 projects and is very well illustrated with 1,700 color photos and illustrations. The book covers basic carpentry, plumbing and wiring, along with a wealth of ideas for specific rooms of the house. "Finish Carpenter's Manual" (Jim Tolpin, Craftsman Book Company, suggested retail $22.50): Although geared for the professional finish carpenter, this book has a wealth of information for anyone interested in acquiring or improving their skills. It is filled w...