Those who live in an apartment or condominium probably don't need to know how to repair a crack in the sidewalk or clean out a rain gutter. But they may find themselves wanting to install bookshelves or put in a dimmer switch.

"The Condo, Co-op, and Apartment Dweller's Guide to Repairs and Improvements" by Bernard Gladstone (Simon and Schuster, $25 in hardcover) is a how-to volume by the former home improvement editor of The New York Times. It focuses on projects likely to be tackled by people who don't live in suburban, single-family houses.With simple instructions and illustrations, it covers such basics as protecting pipes from freezing, increasing storage space, reducing noise, repairing cigarette burns in carpet and discouraging burglars, as well as more involved undertakings such as painting and wallpapering.

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In other words, there's something for everybody - whether remodeling a condo or just fixing a door that sticks.

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