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The best how-to guides for your home

If you can't convince your contractor brother-in-law to help with your next project, you need the next best thing: reliable and clear instructions. Here are the 3 best sources.

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Home Improvement 1-2-3
Home Improvement 1-2-3
(The Home Depot, $34.95)

Abundant step-by-step photos and beginner-level directions walk you through just about any weekend project you might undertake, from replacing a light fixture to tiling a backsplash.
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Last updated April 15 2008: 3:46 PM ET