The Complete Guide to Home Plumbing

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The only plumbing book you'll ever need.

Do-it-yourself plumbing can save homeowners more money than almost any other type of home improvement. All it takes is the information and skills you can learn from this third edition of The Complete Guide to Home Plumbing. Virtually every type of plumbing repair and installation is included, from the very simple (stopping a leaky faucet) to the most complex (removing old plumbing pipes and installing a new system). Now with nearly 120 ...

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Overview

The only plumbing book you'll ever need.

Do-it-yourself plumbing can save homeowners more money than almost any other type of home improvement. All it takes is the information and skills you can learn from this third edition of The Complete Guide to Home Plumbing. Virtually every type of plumbing repair and installation is included, from the very simple (stopping a leaky faucet) to the most complex (removing old plumbing pipes and installing a new system). Now with nearly 120 step-by-step projects, this is the only plumbing book you will ever need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865734289
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Black and Decker Outdoor Home Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Understanding the Water Cycle 9
The Home Plumbing System 12
Water Supply System 14
Drain-Waste-Vent System 15
Planning Your Project 16
Mapping Your Plumbing System 18
Understanding Plumbing Codes 24
Getting a Permit 25
Testing New Plumbing Pipes 30
Plumbing Tools & Materials 32
Tools for Plumbing 34
Plumbing Materials 38
DWV Fittings 41
Working with Copper 44
Cutting & Soldering Copper 46
Using Compression Fittings 52
Using Flair Fittings 54
Working with Plastic 56
Cutting & Fitting Rigid Plastic Pipe 58
Working with Outdoor Flexible Plastic Pipe 62
Working with Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) 64
Working with Galvanized Iron 70
Working with Cast Iron 74
New Installation 78
Installing New Plumbing 80
Bathrooms
Plumbing Bathrooms 84
Plumbing a Master Bathroom 86
Plumbing a Basement Bath 94
Plumbing a Half Bath 100
Installing Showers, Bathtubs & Whirlpools 102
Installing Showers 104
Anatomy of a Shower 105
Installing Bathtubs 110
Installing Whirlpools 116
Installing Countertops & Sinks 122
Installing Faucets & Spouts 126
Installing Toilets 130
Macerating Toilets 132
Kitchens
Plumbing a Kitchen 134
Air Admittance valves 146
Installing Kitchen Sinks 148
Installing a Faucet & Drain 150
Installing a Pot Filler 154
Installing a Food Disposer 156
Installing a Dishwasher 158
Connecting a Refrigerator lce maker 160
Installing a Hot Water Dispenser 162
Miscellaneous
Installing an Undersink Water Filtration System 164
Installing a Whole-house Water Filtration System 165
Installing a Whole-house Humidifier 166
Installing a Water Softener 170
Installing a Washing Machine Standpipe Drain 172
Installing Outdoor Plumbing 174
Replacing Old Plumbing 182
Evaluating Your Plumbing 184
Replacing Old Plumbing: A Step-by-Step Overview 186
Planning Pipe Routes 188
Replacing a Main Waste-vent Stack 192
Replacing Branch Drains & Vent Pipes 198
Replacing a Toilet Drain 202
Replacing Supply Pipes 204
Repairing Existing Plumbing 207
Faucets
Faucet Problems & Repairs 207
Fixing Leaky Faucets 208
Fixing Ball-type Faucets 210
Fixing Cartridge Faucets 212
Fixing Compression Faucets 214
Fixing Disc Faucets 218
Replacing a Sink Faucet 220
Installing Shutoff Valves & Supply Tubes 224
Fixing Sprayers & Aerators 226
Tubs & Showers
Tub & Shower Plumbing 228
Fixing Three-handle Tub & Shower Faucets 230
Fixing Two-Handle Tub & Shower Faucets 232
Fixing Single-handle Tub & Shower Faucets 234
Fixing & Replacing Showerheads 236
Valves & Hosebibs
Repairing Valves & Hosebibs 238
Installing & Repairing Sillcocks 240
Toilets
Common Toilet Problems 243
Making Minor Adjustments 244
Fixing a Running Toilet 245
Fixing a Leaking Toilet 250
Fixing a Pressure-assisted Toilet 252
Clogs
Clearing Clogs & Fixing Drains 254
Clearing Clogged Sinks 255
Fixing Leaky Sink Strainers 257
Clearing Clogged Toilets 260
Clearing Clogged Shower Drains 261
Fixing Tub Drains 262
Clearing Clogged Drum Traps 264
Clearing Clogged Floor Drains 265
Clearing Clogs in Branch & Main Drain Lines 266
Water Heaters
Fixing a Water Heater 268
Fixing a Gas Water Heater 270
Fixing an Electric Water Heater 272
Replacing a Water Heater 274
Installing a Tankless Water Heater 282
Miscellaneous
Fixing a Dishwasher 286
Maintaining a Water Softener 288
Maintaining a Water Pump 290
Maintaining a Septic System 291
Fixing Burst or Frozen Pipes 292
Quieting Noisy Pipes 294
Conversion Charts 296
Resources 297
Index 298
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great for the price

    I picked this up for about 6$ when remodeling my 1929 bathroom. I was adding a shower among other things. The diagrams were particularly helpful. We had instructions and lots of info from various sources, but this was a "do-it-yourself" project and no professional plumbers involved. We reached for this book the most.

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