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Prepare for a career in the commercial or residential plumbing field with this popular book, which has been updated to reflect the very latest advances in the plumbing industry. Plumbing Technology: Design and Installation, 4E has also been restructured to begin with instruction on essential, introductory concepts, and then progress to more specific, advanced lessons, allowing readers to develop a complete and thorough understanding of today's plumbing technology. This edition includes coverage of the very latest products, tools, codes, and drain cleaning equipment that have had a remarkable impact on the plumbing industry and how plumbers work successfully. The latest water heater technology, such as Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant heaters, DWV system segments and sizing, new safety regulations, and all relevant code changes are also addressed. Features of this book: a new full-color design showcases up-to-date photos and realistic representations of plumbing technologies. safety topics are expanded and included in a major segment of the book, and Safety Alerts throughout the book emphasize the critical need to focus on safety at all times, test Your Knowledge questions reinforce key concepts and encourage readers to apply the materials they have learned, expanded section on blueprint reading and drafting provides more comprehensive coverage, mathematics used for pipe and fitting assembly has been strengthened to include additional pipe offset formulas, detailed explanation of hands-on methods applied to plumbing tasks ensures that readers learn both the "why" and "how" of first-rate plumbing design and installation.
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Editorial Reviews

Introduces readers to all aspects of the commercial and residential plumbing trade, including home building. Safety practices are emphasized throughout. Projects provide opportunities for hands-on plumbing practice and actual application. Coverage includes basic knowledge, threaded pipe, waste systems, water systems, heating water, special cases, and fixture installation. This third edition covers current plumbing codes, and adds new pedagogical features. Useful for plumbers preparing to pass the Master Plumber exam. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The text is very accurate and up-to-date." Marc Bridgens, Pennsylvania College of Technology

"The reorganization seems to have a logical flow." Edward T. Moore, York Technical College

"Simple to read, covers a lot of material, good illustrations." Edward T. Moore, York Technical College

"A picture is worth a thousand words. (The) figures and drawings help to understand the text." James Pruitt, Indian River Community College.

"Illustrations are great. A picture is worth a thousand words." Mike Roberts, St. Cloud Technical College.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766810846
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Construction/Building Trades Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Smith is a Registered Master Plumber and certified vocational math instructor. His many years of practical and teaching experience in the pipe trades includes domestic and industrial work in the areas of refrigeration and air conditioning, deep sea diving vehicles, and nuclear piping. In addition to several certificates in the trades, Mr. Smith has held Master Plumber credentials for forty years. He earned his applied science and technology from Thomas A. Edison State College, and his B.A. and M.A. degrees in education from Temple University.

Michael A. Joyce is a Class 1 licensed plumbing contractor in North Carolina with thirty three years of plumbing experience in commercial, industrial, and residential installations and repairs. He has authored several plumbing books and teaches a variety of plumbing seminars and classes throughout the country, including classes for the United States Pentagon, New York City hospitals and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) of NC. Currently the President of Joyce Company, Inc., Mr. Joyce is also the owner of the Plumbing Education Station at

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Reorganized Chapters     vii
Use of Codes     vii
Technical Updates     vii
Supplements for the Fourth Edition     viii
Acknowledgments     viii
About the Authors     ix
Plumbing Knowledge
Plumbing Basics     2
Plumbing Basics     3
Tools of the Trade     3
The Plumber's Toolbox     3
Safety     36
Safety     37
Material Safety Data Sheets     37
Personal Protection Equipment     38
Fall Protection     41
Trenches and Confined Spaces     45
Materials Handling     50
Electrical Safety     52
First Aid     53
Pipe, Valves, and Fittings     58
Pipe, Valves, and Fittings     59
Pipe     59
Valves     67
Gate Valves     69
Check Valves     70
Backwater Valves     70
Fittings     71
Blueprint Reading and Drafting     77
Blueprint Basics     78
Reading Sketches     78
Types of Drawings     78
Elements     80
How a Sketch is Made     80
Dimensioning     83
Visualization     85
Sketching     85
Scale     86
Views     86
Getting Information     86
Symbols and Abbreviations     86
Drafting Tools     91
Trade Math and Formulas     97
Trade Math     98
Measurement     98
Changing Fractions to Decimals     101
Subtraction     102
Addition     103
Multiplication     103
Changing the Decimal to Usable Form     103
An Overview of Pipe Fitting     104
Calculating Area     109
Calculating Volume     112
Fixtures and Faucets
Fixture Types     118
Fixtures     119
Common Fixture Types     119
Specialty Fixtures     130
Faucets and Drain Assemblies     134
Faucets and Drain Assemblies     135
Lavatories     139
Bar Sink and Laundry Sink Drain Assemblies     145
Specialty Fixture Faucets     147
Fixture Installations     151
Fixture Installations     152
Toilets     152
Kitchen Sinks     154
Lavatories     162
Bathtubs and Showers     165
Specialty Fixtures     167
Water Supply Systems
Introduction to Water Supply     174
Water Supply Systems     175
Water Supply Sources     175
Rainwater     175
Underground Water     175
Surface Water     176
Water Cycle     176
Private Water Systems     176
Pumps     178
Pressure Switch     179
Air Volume Control Valves     179
Pressure Tank     179
Public Water Systems     179
Water Pressure     182
Hydrostatic Pressure     183
Water Hammer and Shock Absorbers     183
Protecting the Water Supply     184
Cross Connections     185
Water Supply System Segments     186
Water Service     186
Water Supply Installations     194
Water Supply Installations     195
Water Distribution     195
Pipe Hangers     195
Water Rough-In     201
Piping Practices     207
Solder     209
Fluxes     210
Cleaning     210
Flame Soldering     211
Water Heating
Water Heater Theory and Principles     222
Water Heater Theory and Principles     223
Theory of Heating Water     223
The British Thermal Unit     224
High-Altitude Water Heating     226
Water Heater Types and Installations     231
Types of Water Heaters     232
Types of Electric Water Heaters     235
Solar Water Heating     241
Water Heater Installations     242
Gas Water Heater Installations     244
Installing a Threaded Piping System     246
Safety Considerations     247
Installation of Gas Piping Systems     249
Installation of Gas Equipment     251
American Standard Pipe Thread     251
End Preparation Tools     252
Thread Cutting     255
Some Hints for Making Up Fittings     256
Water Heater Devices     260
Water Heater Devices     261
Gas Water Heater Devices     261
Electric Water Heater Devices     265
Expansion Tanks     270
Relief Valves     271
Drainage, Waste, and Vent Systems
Drainage, Waste, and Vent System Identification     278
Drainage, Waste, and Vent Systems     279
Sewage Disposal     279
Parts of the System     283
System Segments     285
Minor Segments     295
Drainage, Waste, and Vent Layout Considerations     307
Drainage, Waste, and Vent Layout Considerations     308
Interceptors and Traps     308
Floor Drains and Carriers     314
Layout Considerations     316
Drainage, Waste, and Vent Installations     327
Installations     328
Backfilling     330
Testing a DWV System     347
Working with DWV Plastic Pipe     350
Roof Drain Systems and Sewer and Drain Cleaning     356
Storm Drain Systems     357
Sewer and Drain Cleaning     361
Closet Auger     364
Cleaning Small-Diameter Drains     365
Cleaning Larger Drains and Sewers     366
Drain-Cleaning Considerations     368
System Sizing
Sizing Drainage, Waste, and Vent Systems     376
An Overview of Drainage System Sizing      377
Drainage Fixture Unit     377
Branch, Drain, and Sewer Sizing Tables     380
Sizing Table Procedures     380
Vent Sizing     394
Natural Gas Piping, Water Piping, and Water Heaters     403
System Sizing     404
Natural Gas     404
Water Supply Sizing     406
Factors to Consider in Pipe Sizing     407
Sizing Pipe by the Velocity Method     408
Water Heater Sizing     414
PVC and CPVC Pressure Fittings     420
Weights and Measures     425
Test Your Knowledge Answers     433
Americans with Disabilities Act Codes     441
Index     448
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