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Looking to save money on spring home repairs? Your local library can help

Spring and warmer weather usually go hand in hand with home repair. You may have had your heart set on a project for this spring, but with the effects of the pandemic finances may not be what they normally would.

Don’t give up on your dream. Your library can help turn you into a major do-it-yourself-er. Below are two helpful DIY guides. The first one highlighted is a new print book (which you can now get through our no-contact curbside pick-up) and the second is an eBook available through the Lake Agassiz Regional Library website at larl.org .

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The "“Beginners Guide to DIY and Home Repair" is available to Detroit Lakes Public Library patrons through its no-contact curbside delivery service. (Submitted photo)

“Beginners Guide to DIY and Home Repair: Essential DIY Techniques for the First Timer (Creative Homeowner) Practical Handbook for Complete Beginners with Expert Advice & Easy Instructions for Novices” by Jo Behari and Alison Winfield-Chislett

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If you are frustrated by your own inability to handle a repair, or resentful of having to pay someone to take care of simple home maintenance, you've come to the right place!

Owning a home can be expensive. Throw maintenance costs into the mix and it's enough to feel buried by cost after cost. Data from Buildfax states that home repairs have increased by 30% in just five years! Most Americans are not prepared for or expecting these types of additional costs. Being prepared can help homeowners save money and ease your financial burdens.

This practical handbook was created to solve this very dilemma. Full of expert advice, "Beginner's Guide to DIY & Home Repair" provides first-time homeowners and renters with the basic skills and guidance you need to get the job done. It features easy instructions for all the home DIY basics, from painting and wallpapering to simple plumbing, changing a lock, using power tools, fixing a squeaky board, and much more.

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Popular Mechanics' "How to Fix Anything" is available in digital format from the Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Submitted photo)

“How to Fix Anything: Essential Home Repairs Anyone Can Do,” by Popular Mechanics

Got a squeaky floor or a rattling door? Is your grout a color you don’t recognize anymore? From quick fixes like linking broken chains and patching drywall to more involved projects like replacing a fuel line and bleeding your brakes, Popular Mechanics How to Fix Anything is the handy and reliable go-to guide for the most common household problems offering a primer on plumbing, unexpected hacks like using a golf tee to fill a stripped screw hole, instructions for tuning up the garage door, and so much more. Throughout the book Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics’ senior home editor, answers questions about the trickiest fix-its, including how to deal with a recurring ceiling cracks or get rid of that stench from the kitchen sink.. And because it’s organized room by room, from basement to bathroom to bedroom, it’s simple to find the solution you need—so you won’t have to hire someone else to do the job.

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is closed due to the coronavirus, but our virtual hours are 24/7 at larl.org . We are also on Facebook. No-contact curbside delivery service is now available for non-digital library materials as well. Go to our website to learn more, or call or email your local library location.

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