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Why is my home plumbing making a strange noise? How the hell does a circuit breaker work? Is my dishwasher going to run away with the washing machine? These are all the questions home-owners ask on a regular basis (okay, except the last one), but often come up with few answers that really make the problems understandable. This has all changed with the popular book by Charlie Wing called ‘How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding & Maintaining Your Home’.

The book contains 152 pages of easy-to-understand explanations on just about every aspect of the average home. Whether you are Sarah Palin, the Queen of England or a Joe the plumber, you’ll find all those niggling little questions answered in this entertaining and insightful book. Wonderful illustrations with ‘exploded’ sections convey information that might otherwise be static and laborious to fully comprehend in mere written word. If you’re looking to be an informed consumer, then Wing’s book is a must have.

Sections of the book include information on areas such as electrical systems, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, appliances as well as the framing of windows and doors. Knowledge of such systems means you will have a better grasp of facts when it comes to buying new fixtures for your home. It will be much more difficult for anyone to pull the wool over your eyes regarding costs too. So, if you’re looking for more information on septic tanks, dehumidifiers, bathroom piping, swimming pool filters or laundry appliances, this is the book you’ll need on your shelf.