Author(s): Norma Vally
The DIY trend for women involves more than knitting and sewing: today more women are tending to their homes, and they're not just sewing curtains and arranging flowers. They're installing new toilets, laying ceramic floors in the kitchen, and drywalling the den. With 23 percent of all power tool purchases in 2004 made by women, and the number of unmarried females owning homes climbing by nearly 4 million owners from 1994 to 2002, when it comes to home repair, maintenance, and improvement, these sisters are doing it for themselves. At the same time, a survey by Home Depot found that 73 percent of women would like to learn more about tackling home improvements. But who has the brains, brawn, and beauty to really understand a woman's perspective and give her the confidence to conquer what had traditionally been men's territory? Norma Vally. Norma Vally is a rare combination: construction worker, former model, television and radio host. As the host of Discovery Home's Toolbelt Diva, Norma showed women how to throw out the Honey Do lists and 'Honey, do it yourself'.
A seasoned veteran of home improvement, both on and off camera, Norma Vally's media career boasts four seasons as host of Discovery Home Channel's Emmy-nominated series Toolbelt Diva and a radio show on Sirius Satellite by the same name. Norma is a published author and sought-after speaker who has appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and MSNBC; she has been featured in Family Circle, Women's Health, People, Woman's Day, Glamour, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the New York Times. Norma founded Chix Can Fix, a Web site and product line devoted to empowering women to take control of their homes and their lives.
Express Facelift. 1Sinks. DVD: Faucet Aerator Maintenance. Tighten a Loose Faucet. Unclog a Drain. Fix a Sprayer. 2 Countertops. Restore a Solid-Surface Countertop. Replace a Cracked Tile. 3 Appliances. Dishwasher Maintenance. Refrigerator Maintenance. Stove Maintenance. 4 Cabinets. Add or Replace Knobs and Pulls. Restore Wood Cabinet Finish. 5 Walls and Floors. Patch Holes in Drywall. Repair Torn Vinyl Flooring. Reseal a Damaged Wood-Floor Section. Corrective Treatment. 6 Sinks. DVD: Repair a Leaky Faucet. Snake a Stubborn Sink Clog. 7 Countertops. Resurface a Laminate Countertop. Tile a Backsplash. 8 Appliances. Repair a Garbage Disposal. Repair an Icemaker. 9 Cabinets. Refi nish Wood Cabinets. 10 Walls and Floors. Install a Task Light Fixture. Refinish Wood Floors. Intensive Treatment. 11Sinks. DVD: Install a New Faucet. Replace a Shut-Off Valve. Install an Under-sink Water Filtration System. Install a New Drop-in Sink. 12 Countertops. Install a Laminate Countertop. Tile a Countertop. 13 Appliances. Install a Dishwasher. Install a Microwave/Exhaust Fan. 14 Cabinets. Install New Cabinets. 15 Walls and Floors. Install a Floating Floor. Tile a Floor. Install Recessed Lights. Total Indulgence. 16 Footprint and Layout: What Works for You. Exploring the Possibilities. Creating Storage Space. Wheelchair-Accessible Kitchen. 17 Design: Creating the Ideal Look and Feel for Your Kitchen. Where to Get Started. Flooring. Walls. Cabinetry. Countertops. Appliances, Sinks, and Faucets. Lighting. Index.