HomeSkills: Plumbing: Install & Repair Your Own Toilets, Faucets, Sinks, Tubs, Showers, Drains

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As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Plumbing will give you power over your pipes.
 
If you’ve ever had to call a plumber, you know firsthand that hiring a professional will cost you dearly. But saving money isn’t the only major motivation behind DIY plumbing, as the well-informed routine maintenance of your systems can protect your entire home from water damage and a laundry list of other inconveniences. With ...
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Overview


As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Plumbing will give you power over your pipes.
 
If you’ve ever had to call a plumber, you know firsthand that hiring a professional will cost you dearly. But saving money isn’t the only major motivation behind DIY plumbing, as the well-informed routine maintenance of your systems can protect your entire home from water damage and a laundry list of other inconveniences. With HomeSkills: Plumbing, you’ll gain a full understanding of the what, how, and why of plumbing work, from general theory and descriptions of the typical home plumbing system to detailed information on the most common materials, fittings, and tools. Your new set of skills—sweating copper tubing, solvent-welding PVC pipe, making solid compression connections, and others—will enable you to install or replace toilets, sinks, faucets, showers, garbage disposals, tubs, and much more. And you won’t have to worry about staying on the cutting edge of plumbing technique: we’ve included sections on modern troubleshooting and repairs, as well as all the latest materials (such as PEX tubing), with information that’s guaranteed to comply with current plumbing codes. Add to that the book’s 300 foolproof how-to photos and the only thing you’ll find overflowing is your wallet.
 
Check out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, deck building, landscaping, tiling, and wiring.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/01/2013
Aimed at the beginner, this manual promises to help homeowners avoid the costs of calling in specialists. The book starts off with a quick introduction to basic home plumbing systems before presenting a wide array of specialty tools and materials. Small projects are outlined to build familiarity with techniques involving pipes and waterlines but are insufficient to rework the plumbing system of an entire house. The final two-thirds of the volume cover a few kitchen- and bathroom-related plumbing repairs, although the repair and installation of a freezer ice maker makes for an unusual extra. VERDICT Many of the instructions have been extracted directly from The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair, part of the Black & Decker repair series, but with less detail and fewer photos, resulting in a bad rerun. Instead, try Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 3d ed., or just stick with The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair. An additional purchase only.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591865834
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 956,182
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction 
 
The Home Plumbing System
Plumbing Tools        
Plumbing Materials 
Copper          
Rigid Plastic Pipe      
Outdoor Flexible Plastic Pipes        
Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX)  
Galvanized Steel       
Pipe Fittings  
Shutoff Valves          
Valves & Hose Bibs   
Compression Fittings           
 
Plumbing Repairs & Projects
Toilets
Kitchen Faucets        
Bathroom Faucets    
Kitchen Drains & Traps       
Dishwashers 
Food Disposers         
Icemakers     
Tub & Shower Faucets        
Tub & Shower Drains          
 
References
Glossary         
Metric Conversions  
Index 
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