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Freelance and staff writer covering science, health and environment for general audiences; author and photographer of how-to books on construction and home repair; editor, rewriter, reviser of textbooks and journal articles. 

Unlike many how-to writers, I have long years of construction experience. I've been employed as a mason, plasterer and carpenter, and have also done electrical work, roofing, painting, even some plumbing. Reflecting this experience, my how-to writing is obsessed with practicality. Instead of dwelling on the latest home-improvement fads, I concentrate on time-tested tools and materials, and caution readers against common pitfalls. Home repair and home improvement should not be an exercise in drudgery. They can be enjoyable -- if you are armed with the ultimate tool -- reliable information.


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Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Toolbox Manual, 2nd edition, Thomson Peterson's, Jan. 2006, ISBN 0-7689-2235-6.

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Air Conditioning & Refrigeration troubleshooting
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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Simple Home Improvements (Illustrated), Alpha Books, Penguin Group, 2005, ISBN 1-59257-294-4. Photos by David Tenenbaum.

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Projects:
Replacing drywall
Tiling floor
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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Home Repair and Maintenance (Illustrated), 2004, ISBN 1-59257-170-0; Alpha Books, Penguin Group. Photos by David J. Tenenbaum.

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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Trouble-Free Home Repair, 2nd ed., Alpha Books, Macmillan, 1999, ISBN 0-02-863262. Photos by David J. Tenenbaum.

Out of print, see newer edition.


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Backyard Building Projects (Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides), Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1997, ISBN 0-395-83812-6.

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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Trouble-Free Home Repair, Alpha Books, Macmillan, 1996, ISBN 0-02-861042-3. Photos by David Tenenbaum.

Out of print, see newer edition.


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The Painting, Patching, and Wallcovering Toolbox Manual (Arco's on-the-Job Reference Series), Prentice-Hall, 1991, ISBN 0-13-647025-4

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The Sheet Metal Toolbox Manual (Arco's On-The-Job Reference Series), Prentice-Hall, 1991, ISBN 0-13-808650-8.

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Air-conditioning Book Photo

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Toolbox Manual (Arco's On-the-Job Reference Series), Simon & Schuster, 1990, ISBN 0-13-770264-7.

Out of print, see 2nd edition.


Masonry Book Photo

The Mason's Toolbox Manual (Arco's On-The-Job Reference Series), Simon & Schuster, 1990, ISBN 0-13-650264-7.

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