Advice for best DIY home repair books for landlords?

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I have realized I have no idea on how to do basic home repairs, I would love to teach myself.  Do any of you have good advice on DIY books or videos that you can direct me to?  I would really appreciate it.  This would be for personal residence and landlording purposes.  Thanks guys!!!

This one is good:

there's also a series that Home Depot (I think?) puts out-- I don't remember the names, but I think they have 1,2,3 in the titles.

Youtube is a great resource as well for looking up some way to approach a task.

Home Depot is a great resource. 

They have free classes almost every Saturday/Sunday morning that will give you hands-on experience on with the techniques/tools that you'll need for any DIY project. 

Watch the Youtube videos, read the books, but eventually you will need to turn some screws because all trade skills require hands-on experience to do-well. 

You can learn how to do almost anything on Youtube.

I have a stack of home repair and improvement books, some 30 years old.  But the ONLY one I use currently is the 2006 International Residential Code.  These days google and youtube are your friends.  You can google up how to do almost anything and problem find a video showing you how to do it.

I learned a lot from the "For Pros by Pros" series of books.  Your local library is your friend.  Hit the home improvement section and check out a few on the topic you want to learn about.  Chances are you'll find one you like.

Thanks guys...and lady! :) Your quick response is much appreciated.  I will check out everything you mentioned.  Merry Christmas!!!

Google and YouTube.  You can see it on the go on your phone and while your twisted upside down in a kitchen cabinet or whatever.  

I highly recommend the $20 'big orange book' at Home Depot.  Title is something like Home Improvement 101, or something like that. While I consider myself a fairly competent handyman, the book has several valuable tips that I had never thought of that make the job much easier and look better (such as hanging doors, trimwork, etc). 

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