Handyman Help

Here in Business & Science we regularly get requests for information on home building and repair. Today I will detail a site that can help, as our resources on this topic needs building up.

The site for The Family Handyman magazine is largely free and very helpful for Do It Yourself projects.

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The site is a little ad heavy for my taste, but the good thing about that is the content appears to be free, though I did not exhaustively check out every possible link on the site–there may be some pay areas, but I did not come across any.

The site is organized in a familiar format, with videos, links to full instructions for various projects and the like. I chose this topic:

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All I have to do here is click the link and I can see pictures with detailed instructions on how to stop a running toilet (hint: it does not involve chasing). I can print out the directions, email them or share them to my favorite social media site.

There are many topics from which to choose and they all appear free for the user. They do push subscriptions to their magazine, but it is not particularly obnoxious.

This may be a good resource for us to refer patrons to if/when we cannot locate a book or other tangible item on a particular DIY topic.

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City of Memphis Street Paving Schedule

http://memegis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c6b3c8cd40304d7683a230f6f8ccc495

So you want to know when the City of Memphis will pave your street? The Memphis Public Works and Memphis Information Services divisions worked in tandem to provide the above street paving map. It tells paving that is upcoming this year and also in the future. Major Tennessee highways and state routes are also included.

National and Shelby County Construction Codes

Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement – Safety standards for Memphis, Unincorporated Shelby County, Arlington, Germantown, and Lakeland, Tennessee.

Memphis and Shelby County as well as the other cities listed above have adopted the following codes. In addition, please see Local Amendments which can be found online at https://shelbycountytn.gov/index.aspx?nid=390

2009       International Building Code – Local Amendments

2012       International Existing Building Code – Local Amendments

2012       International Residential Code – Local Amendments

2009      International Mechanical Code – Local Amendments

2012       National Electrical Code – Local Amendments

2012       (Fuel) Gas Code – Local Amendments

2012       International Energy Conservation Code – Local Amendments

2009      International Joint Plumbing Code – Local Amendments – The Code that is being used by Shelby County.

2012       International Joint Plumbing Code

2009       International Fire Code – inside International Building Code + Local Amendments, written in red letters

2008       National Electrical Code – You must register for free in order to see the Electrical Code online.

2009       International (Fuel) Gas Code

2009       International Energy Conservation Code

2009       American National Standard ICC A117.1 – (Accessible & Usable Buildings & Facilities)

2010       ANSI/ ASME Elevator Code A17.1

International Plumbing Code – IPC

https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/icc.ipc.2009.pdf

https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/icc.ipc.2012.pdf

The International Plumbing Code is now available online in full text. Shelby County still uses the 2009 edition, but also posted is the 2012 edition, for later information. Both codes are posted as PDF’s and are pretty much a mirror of the print version.

Manualslib – The Ultimate Manuals Library

http://www.manualslib.com/

This site contains lots of free users guides uploaded by people who held on to the instruction booklet for their refrigerator, computer, dishwasher, remote control, etc. Over 700,000 pdf’s are on the site. Just use the search box to type in what manual you are looking for. From the site, “Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages.” You can view the manual or download it to your computer by an add on. All manuals are only available in PDF.

You can also share the pages of the manual on social media, if you like. Just click, “share this page”.

Likewise, you can even upload a manual to a product that you don’t see on the page. Instructions are available on the home page.

BoatTech

www.boatus.com/BoatTech

The BoatTech site, from the Boat Owners Association of the United States, provides an archive of how to repair a boat. Maintenance, equipment, and safety are all provided for such things as deck hardware, electronics, navigation, winterizing and other subjects. Most of the repair and installation information have diagrams, to go along with the subject material. The boats included for repair are sailboats and powerboats.

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

http://www.vehiclehistory.gov/

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System is provided by the Department of Justice and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to protect consumers trying to purchase a vehicle. The site shows important information about a vehicle’s history, including title data, the brand history, the odomotor reading, the total loss history, and salvage history. Used car buying tips, along with a glossary and FAQ’s are also included.