So you've closed on your mortgage loan and can't wait to get into all those DIY projects needed to update your house. The DIY route has become more popular in recent years, as evidenced by the proliferation of TV shows that focus on home renovations.
But if you are a home repair novice, use caution when getting advice. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled a series of nine home repair books for giving faulty wiring instructions.
"The books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers," the CPSC said in a statement.
The Home Improvement Books include titles that give instruction on wiring, home repairs, patios and water gardens. The books are published by Oxmoor House and were sold at U.S. bookstores and home improvement stores between January 1975 and December 2009. Prices for the books ranged from $13 to $35.
Anyone who has purchased one of these books can receive a full refund from Oxmoor House. You can see a complete list of the recalled titles at the CPSC Web site.