I am not handy. At all. And quite frankly, I have never wanted to be handy. It seems like home repairs involve math and likely some measuring, neither of which I am good at nor have the patience for.

But there comes a time in a person’s life when it would be good not to have to ask for help for the simplest of things, which is why DK’s Do It Yourself, a step-by-Sep guide to fixing, building and installing almost anything in your home by Julian Cassell, Peter Parham and Jon Eakes ($35) appealed to me: if I wanted to build a home from ground up, I could. Or I could learn how to install shelves, seal leaks in a house and – because it always seems to happen to me – can look at what kind of disgusting creatures could be inhabiting my house and why and more importantly, how to get rid of them.

It’s not a type of book I am going to read from cover to cover, although I have flipped through it several times wondering if I am up for caulking (although I have learned the hard way you really need the proper tools and it’s super difficult to get it off your hands) and installing curtain rods. I enjoy the section on conserving energy, although I am certain I am never install wind power and graywater systems, but it’s good to know if my skills improve dramatically, it’s a possibility.

I like that the book tells you the tools you need and many of the installations have pictures of each step.

So while the thought of being handy actually makes me feel a little sick – so many possibilities for disaster – I am going to read and re-read this book and start small by installing a shelf for this:

Start of the Harry Pottery Castle by Lego complete with the chamber of secrets, winding staircase and a dragon on the roof.
My guy worked really hard to save money for this Lego castle, which is huge and needs a shelf of its own…Hmmm…perhaps this is not the item I should try my shelf-installing skills on.

A copy of this book was provided by DK for an honest review. The opinions are my own.