Popular Mechanics Plumbing & Heating

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Learn everything you need to know about plumbing and heating your home from the experts at Popular Mechanics. Manage pipe-related improvements and emergencies with Plumbing & Heating -- and cut heating and water bills dramatically! With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and more than 500 color illustrations, this book describes dozens of projects around the home, from repairing leaky faucets to checking your home heating system for faults, replacing damaged radiators, and fitting your bathroom with a ...
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Overview

Learn everything you need to know about plumbing and heating your home from the experts at Popular Mechanics. Manage pipe-related improvements and emergencies with Plumbing & Heating -- and cut heating and water bills dramatically! With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and more than 500 color illustrations, this book describes dozens of projects around the home, from repairing leaky faucets to checking your home heating system for faults, replacing damaged radiators, and fitting your bathroom with a toilet, sink, or tub. Whether you're a beginner or an expert do-it-yourselfer, Plumbing & Heating is the complete guide to "start to finish" home projects -- from plans and building permits to materials and the satisfying finished work.
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Popular Mechanics is one of the most respected names among do-it-yourselfers; its "Home How-To" series lives up to that reputation by offering a variety of information about common household repairs combined with clear, concise illustrations. In this volume, readers are introduced to the home's plumbing system and shown how to complete many repairs, including installing toilets, replacing sinks, and maintaining septic systems. The section on heating covers fireplace maintenance, flue-liner installation, and central heating systems of all types. Other titles in this series include Weatherproofing & Insulation, Home Repairs & Improvements, and Outdoors & Gardens. The material in this title was originally published in Popular Mechanics Home How-To (Hearst, 1989), but even libraries that currently own that title may want to consider purchasing this short, reasonably priced guide to many of the most common household projects. Recommended. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588165312
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Popular Mechanics Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Plumbing
Understanding the System 4
A General Overview 5
Draining a Water System 6
Emergency Repairs 7
Working with Pipe 8
Drain-cleaning Techniques 13
Learning How to Solder 14
Faucet Installation and Repair 15
Lavatories and Sinks 20
Replacing a Kitchen Sink 21
Installing a Dishwasher 24
Toilet Installation 26
Toilet Repairs 30
Maintaining Toilets 34
Bathtub Installation and Repair 35
Showers 37
Water Heaters 39
Water Softeners and Filters 43
Rural Septic System Maintenance 44
Sprinkler Systems 45
Plumbing Outdoors 46
Heating
Open Fires 48
Fireplaces 49
Wood Heaters and Inserts 52
Installing Log-burning Stoves 53
Installing a Flue Liner 54
Central Heating Systems 56
Furnaces 59
Radiators and Convectors 60
Central Heating Controls 62
Regular Furnace Maintenance 63
Draining a Hot-water System 64
Bleeding Radiators 65
Radiator Valves 66
Replacing a Radiator 67
Circulating Pumps 68
Control Valves 69
Heating System Troubleshooting 70
Building Codes and Permits 71
Plumber's Tool Kit 73
Glossary 78
Index 79
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