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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.