Plumbing Do-It-Yourself for Dummies

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Want to save time, money, and frustration on plumbing repair and replacement? Do it yourself! Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies turns even the most daunting household plumbing project into a simple, step-by-step process that delivers professional-quality results at a fraction of what you'd have to pay a plumber—and you won't have to wait weeks for an appointment.

From fixing leaks and drips to caulking a tub or shower, to replacing a faucet, you'll discover how to tackle 40 of...

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Overview

Want to save time, money, and frustration on plumbing repair and replacement? Do it yourself! Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies turns even the most daunting household plumbing project into a simple, step-by-step process that delivers professional-quality results at a fraction of what you'd have to pay a plumber—and you won't have to wait weeks for an appointment.

From fixing leaks and drips to caulking a tub or shower, to replacing a faucet, you'll discover how to tackle 40 of the most common plumbing jobs in your home. Easy-to-follow, detailed instructions and hundreds of photos and illustrations guide you through each task. And, you'll even discover what surprises to expect and how to prepare for them. This user-friendly guide delivers all the help you need to:

  • Understand your home's plumbing system
  • Comply with local plumbing codes
  • Fill your plumbing toolbox—including safety equipment
  • Organize, plan, and prepare for your plumbing job
  • Repair and upgrade faucets of all kinds
  • Unclog drains, traps, and toilets
  • Replace toilet parts and fix leaky tanks and bowls
  • Stop toilet tanks from sweating
  • Deal with noisy, sweaty, and frozen pipes
  • Replace a dishwasher or garbage disposal

Complete with a helpful primer on choosing the right pipes and fittings for your project and understanding your home's supply and drain-waste-vent systems, Plumbing Do-It-Yourself for Dummies is the one tool you must have before starting any household plumbing project.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470173442
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/5/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald R. Prestly is a former Senior Editor for HANDY Magazine for The Handyman Club of America as well as a former Associate Editor for The Family Handyman Magazine. In addition to nearly 20 years of writing and doing home improvement projects, he spent several years as a manager for one of the Midwest’s largest home centers. Throw in the everyday upkeep requirements of being a homeowner, dealing with the same problems and repairs as other homeowners, and it’s clear that he has the background and expertise to help do-it-yourselfers tackle home plumbing repairs. Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is Don’s second For Dummies book; he’s also the author of Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies, published in 2003.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting to Know Your Plumbing System.

Chapter 1: Understanding Plumbing.

Chapter 2: Fetch Me My Pipe and Fittings!

Chapter 3: Getting the 411 on Codes and Requirements.

Chapter 4: Filling Your Plumbing Toolbox.

Part II: Faucets and Sinks.

Cleaning a Faucet Aerator and Sink Sprayer.

Repairing a Leaky Rotary Ball Faucet.

Repairing a Leaky Cartridge Filter Faucet.

Repairing a Leaky Ceramic Disk Faucet.

Repairing a Leaky Compression Faucet.

Repairing a Leaky Two-Handle Faucet Spout.

Caulking around a Sink Bowl.

Replacing a Leaky Sink Basket.

Replacing a Sink Trap.

Replacing a Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink Drain.

Replacing a Bathroom Sink Drain.

Adjusting a Pop-Up Drain.

Unclogging Sink Drains.

Soldering Copper Pipe.

Part III: Tubs and Showers.

Caulking the Tub, Tile, and Fixtures.

Replacing a Tub Spout.

Replacing a Showerhead.

Repairing a Tub and Shower Compression Faucet.

Repairing a Cartridge Shower Faucet.

Repairing a Disk Shower Faucet.

Repairing a Cartridge/Seat-Spring Faucet.

Adjusting a Tub Drain.

Unclogging Tub and Shower Drains.

Part IV: Toilets.

Checking a Toilet for Leaks.

Replacing a Fill Valve.

Replacing a Flush Valve.

Replacing a Flapper.

Adjusting the Tank’s Water Level.

Repairing a Leaky Tank.

Repairing a Leaky Bowl.

Stopping a Tank from Sweating.

Replacing a Toilet Seat.

Unclogging a Toilet with a Plunger.

Clearing a Clog with a Closet Auger.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 5: Ten Tips for Plumbing Success.

Chapter 6: Ten Tips for Dealing with Problematic Pipes.

Chapter 7: Ten Safety Considerations.

Index.

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