My Favorite Home Repair Book
I bought the original Readers Digest "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual" 30 years ago and it's the best general coverage book I've ever seen. I now own the revised edition--the Readers Digest "NEW Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual" published in the early 1990's. No book that covers all topics can have sufficiently detailed instructions for every project, but when I have a home repair question, this book has useful information 50-60% of the time. I've never had another book that came close to this hit rate. The latest edition [ISBN 0762105798] a slick/shiny red, white & blue oblong hardback that sells for about $25. I don't own this version but if it stands up to it's predecessors it a book to own.
If I have one criticism of the book it's that it doesn't give any idea of the difficulty. That is, how do-it-yourself friendly a repair is. But, when I find the "perfect" book I'll let you know.
DO NOT confuse this book with the Reader Digest "Fix-It-Yourself Manual". The Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual was so good I bought the sequel. Mistake! I must have picked it up looking for help 50 or so times over the years, and only found it useful once or twice. I no longer pick it up at all.
A book considered the standard for do-it-yourself tile laying is Setting Tile by Michael Byrne. ISBN 1-56158-080-5
It's an excellent book. I've used it for a couple of tiling jobs. Easy enough for beginners, yet covers every aspect of setting tile.
Interior House Painting
I've never seen these books myself but, I've seen them highly touted on TV home repair shows as a good books for the newbie -- How to Enjoy Interior Housepainting by Richard Boesser ISBN 0962265152.
And this one: Paint
Your Home: Skills, Techniques, and Tricks of the Trade for Professional Looking
Interior Painting ISBN: 0895778386
General House Painting
I've seen the following book highly recommended.
House Painting: Inside & Out ISBN: 1561581658
If you get any of these painting books please write and tell me what you thought of them, good or bad.