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The Backyard Lumberjack

Whether you’re splitting a cord of wood for your fireplace or managing acres of woodland, The Backyard Lumberjack provides plenty of practical instruction and firsthand advice. Familiarize yourself with the proper equipment and safety gear, then learn how to fell, buck, split, and stack your own wood supply for the season. Veteran lumberjacks Frank Philbrick and Stephen Philbrick cover everything you need to know to bring a tree from the forest to your fireplace, safely and effectively.

$ 18.95 US, Paper
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Cleaning Plain & Simple

Learn how to clean smarter, not harder, and you’ll have more time to do the things you love. With plain and simple advice on everything from dusting and swabbing to polishing and vacuuming, best-selling author Donna Smallin shows you how to make the most of your valuable cleaning time. Hundreds of quick tips and practical solutions for every imaginable cleaning situation promise you the sparkling, healthy environment you want for your family.

$ 16.95 US, Paper
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The “Have-More” Plan

This 1943 back-to-the-land classic explains how to find land, build a homestead, grow fruits and vegetables, raise livestock, build farm structures, and more.

$ 9.95 US, Paper
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The Home Water Supply

If you manage your own water supply, you’ve likely had, are having, or will have water problems. Whether it’s an issue of access, contamination, or taste, Stu Campbell has a clever solution, often enlivened by a charming anecdote. Campbell offers techniques for locating water on your property, as well as how to purify, store, and distribute it throughout your home. With an approachable style, expert advice, and money-saving strategies, The Home Water Supply has all of your water issues covered.

$ 18.95 US, Paper
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Hot Tubs, Saunas, & Steam Baths

Unwind from a stressful day and soothe tired muscles in your own luxurious hot tub, sauna, or steam bath. Alan E. Sanderfoot shows you how to create the perfect home spa experience, from choosing which unit will work best for your needs to maintaining your investment for years to come. With expert advice on safety considerations, different types of jets, and even add-on sound systems and light fixtures, Sanderfoot covers everything you need to know to build the home spa of your dreams.

$ 19.95 US, Paper
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Just in Case

If disaster strikes and public services are limited, you want to know that your family will be taken care of. With an eye toward self-sufficiency, Kathy Harrison guides you through preparations and contingency plans that will keep you healthy, safe, and calm in a crisis. Learn how to inventory and rotate your food supply, pack an evacuation kit, maintain communication with loved ones, and much more. You’ll soon gain the ingenuity and resourcefulness to get your family through even the most unfortunate circumstances.

$ 16.95 US, Paper
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The Naturally Clean Home

Keep your home clean, green, and healthy! Common, nontoxic kitchen ingredients such as baking soda, lemon, and vinegar are wonderful household cleaners and great replacements for harmful chemical cleansers. Pair them with essential oils to clean, disinfect, and freshen every room. With more than 150 recipes for all-natural, easy-to-prepare solutions, you can clean wood, glass, tile, porcelain, fabric, carpets, and much more — naturally and safely.

$ 10.95 US, Paper
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The New Woodburner’s Handbook

Here is the essential layman's guide to both the latest improvements in stoves and the age-old wisdom of heating with wood.

$ 12.95 US, Paper
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The One-Minute Cleaner Plain & Simple

Best-selling author Donna Smallin has helped millions clear clutter, destroy dirt, and restore order. Now she focuses her eye on your house with 500 plain and simple strategies to make quick work of housework and get you back to your busy lifestyle without compromising your standard of clean living.

$ 10.95 US, Paper
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The One-Minute Organizer A to Z Storage Solutions

If you're like most of us, you have too much stuff and too little storage space. Create an organized, clutter-free life with Donna Smallin’s common-sense approach to item-by-item storage. The 500 tips in this easy-to-use reference — things you can do in under a minute — solve your vexing clutter challenges with simple, creative storage solutions. Find a place for everything, and you'll be able to keep everything in its place.

“Donna Smallin is a genius! Just pick your storage dilemma and find the answers alphabetically. This book is easy to use and bundled with choices.”
— Dorothy Breininger, President, Delphi Center for Organization

$ 10.95 US, Paper
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The Outdoor Shower

Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates summer with this collection of original outdoor shower designs he’s discovered from coast to coast. For homeowners who want to build their own outdoor showers, he offers dozens of examples to choose from, ranging from a simple showerhead on the side of a cottage to semi-detached and freestanding structures. All are pictured in stunning color photographs with accompanying text describing the design and material elements involved.

Beginning with the basics, Fierro includes an overview of basic plumbing and structural requirements, along with suggestions for incorporating a wide range of building materials, including stone, wood, metal, frosted glass blocks, earth, concrete, tile, stucco, and landscape vegetation. His plans are environmentally sound and mindful of cost-saving techniques, with ideas for repurposing found and recycled materials. Fierro exhibits his own inspired aesthetic in the final chapter with illustrated plans for six fantasy showers, including a tree house, a vine-enclosed frame, a stained-glass nautilus, and an underground cavity with a hole for sky-viewing.

$ 19.95 US, Paper
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Step-by-Step Outdoor Stonework

More than 20 easy-to-build stone projects for patio and garden are described in detail and illustrated with hundreds of drawings and color photographs.

$ 18.95 US, Paper
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Stone Primer

Charles McRaven, a dedicated stonemason for more than 50 years, brings his practical experience and deep respect for the material to this essential guide for homeowners interested in adding stone to any setting, indoors or out. How-to techniques, step-by-step projects for the home, stone mason profiles, and beautiful photography give the book appeal as both a solid DIY guide and an inspirational dream book.

$ 24.95 US, Paper
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Stonework

Discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone and learn the tricks of the trade from a master craftsman with this collection of 22 fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for garden paths and walls, porches, pools, seats, waterfalls, a bridge, and more.

$ 18.95 US, Paper
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Storey’s Basic Country Skills

This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable.

More than 150 of Storey's expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide to living a more independent, satisfying life.

Readers will find step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every aspect of country living including:

Finding country land

Buying, building, and renovating a home

Developing water sources and systems

Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating

Using alternative heating and energy sources

Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening

Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup

Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables

Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings

Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets

$ 24.95 US, Paper
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Unclutter Your Mind

A calm, uncluttered mind is the best defense against the stresses of contemporary life. Donna Smallin, who has already helped thousands of people organize their homes, now takes on the emotional and psychological clutter that can get in the way of living a balanced, rewarding life. A focused mind may be a tall order, but Smallin, with her special gift for seeing the quick solutions to all kinds of clutter, offers 500 quick tips and creative ideas to help busy people clear away unnecessary worries, daily stresses, and unproductive habits. In just a few minutes each day, anyone can reduce anxiety and find time for a simpler, more rewarding life.

$ 10.95 US, Paper
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What Color Is Your Swimming Pool?

This completely rewritten new edition of the pool maintenance classic spotlights the latest swimming pool technology and has greatly expanded information on hot tubs and spas. Keep your pool sparkling and beautiful with Alan E. Sanderfoot's easy-to-understand instructions.

$ 19.95 US, Paper
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The Woman’s Hands-On Home Repair Guide

Solve your own fix-it problems and save money in the process with this indispensible handbook written by a woman for women. Herrick offers basic home repair rules in an upbeat, no-nonsense style, along with step-by-step instructions for fixing and renovating things that go wrong around the house.

$ 17.95 US, Paper