Popular Mechanics Plumbing & Heating

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You know how much plumbers and other repairmen charge these days—but you can cut these costs drama-tically by both preventing and managing pipe related emergencies on your own. Hundreds of line drawings, and easy-to-follow instructions, will guide you through every step, including: fitting your bathroom with a sink, toilet or tub; repairing leaky faucets; checking the heating system for faults; and replacing damaged radiators.
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Overview

You know how much plumbers and other repairmen charge these days—but you can cut these costs drama-tically by both preventing and managing pipe related emergencies on your own. Hundreds of line drawings, and easy-to-follow instructions, will guide you through every step, including: fitting your bathroom with a sink, toilet or tub; repairing leaky faucets; checking the heating system for faults; and replacing damaged radiators.
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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: 9781588160775
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Series: Popular Mechanics Home how-to Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.20 (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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