You can buy small booklets or ‘pocket guides’ from building supply centers that show the main steps of construction. Besides being compact and low cost, the nice thing about these pocket guides is they only show want you really need. Many homeowners don’t need a full length book on these subjects. They just need to know the basics. Pocket guides (the lowest cost versions) have simple black and white line drawings of each main step. For instance, pocket guides illustrate how to wire an outlet or a switch.
Most pocket guides that pop up in search engine results are $11 and up. However, you can find pocket guides that cost just a few dollars each. Of course you could also get books from the library if you need more details. But full-length plumbing and electrical books can intimidate first time DIY builders. If you’re building a small, simple home as we discuss on our websites then pocket guides are all you’ll likely need. Try out a pocket guide and let us know what you think. You could gather free online instructions with a bit of time, although it’s really handy having everything you need in one convenient guide.
(No photos and no links are shown because I haven’t been able to find the lowest cost versions lately. Let me know if you find the $5 ones. The ones I’ve seen in the past will fit in a shirt pocket.)