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Ultimate Guide: Plumbing is an updated and expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's comprehensive, best-selling plumbing how-to book. The most up-to-date products and techniques are covered. For the how-to information, strong emphasis is placed on doing things correctly, so all the projects use only code-compliant techniques. Author Merle Henkenius prepares the do-it-yourselfer to handle any plumbing task in the home, from replacing a washer in a leaky faucet to cutting and joining cast-iron vent pipes. The book also gives readers an overview of a house's plumbing system, including supply, waste, and vent piping, and explains the basic physics that keep everything working well. So in addition to learning how to plan and complete each project, readers learn how to spot and improve outdated or dangerous techniques and materials in their home's plumbing system.

Synopsis:

Do-it-yourself and fix any plumbing problem in the house with this, new updated 5th edition of the Ultimate Guide to Plumbing. The book prepares the do-it-yourselfer to handle any plumbing task in the home, from replacing a washer in a leaky faucet to cutting and joining cast-iron vent pipes. The book also gives readers an overview of a house's plumbing system including supply, waste, and vent piping and explains the basic physics that keep everything working well. This new edition contains more than 700 full-color photos and 100 full-color illustrations for only $18.95.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive guide to the plumbing system, with code-compliant, step-by-step projects. Over 800 full-color photos and illustrations.

Synopsis:

Save money by making minor and major plumbing repairs and improvements with help from this complete home plumbing guide.
  • Unclog drains and fix leaky faucets
  • "Green Solutions" for saving resources
  • Install sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, water softeners, lawn sprinklers, and much more
  • Learn how your home's plumbing system works so that you can take action in an emergency
  • Make plumbing fixture improvements that add value to your home

About the Author

Author Merle Henkenius, a freelance writer based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has held a Master Plumber license for over 25 years. His home-improvement writing and photography have been featured extensively in Popular Mechanics magazine.

Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide: Plumbing

Table of Contents

Introduction

WORKING WITH WATER PIPING

Cutting Water Pipes

Copper Water Piping
• Using a Tubing Cutter
• Cutting with a Hacksaw
• Solder
• Soldering Copper
• Soldering Copper Tubing
• Other Methods of Joining Copper
• Compression Fittings
• Flare Fittings
• Push-Fit Fittings

Steel Piping
• Cutting, Threading, and Fitting Steel Piping

Lead Water Piping

Plastic Water Piping
• Cutting and Fitting CPVC Pipe

In-Line Water-Control Valves
• Gate Valves
• Ball Valves
• Globe Valves
• Stop-and-Waste Valves
• Fixture Stops

Utility Faucet Valves

• Hose Bibcocks
• Freeze-Proof Sillcocks
• Freeze-Proof Yard Hydrants

Regulators & Safety Valves

• Vacuum Breakers
• Check Valves
• Pressure-Reduction Valves
• Temperature-and-Pressure-Relief Valves
 
 
INSTALLING SINKS & RELATED EQUIPMENT

Water- and Waste-Connections Basics
• Sink Drains
• Dishwashers

How To Replace a Bathroom Faucet & Drain
• Removing Old Bathroom Faucets
• Removing the Drain
• Installing a New Bathroom Faucet
• Installing a New Drain

How To Replace a Wall-Hung Bathroom Sink with a Vanity & Molded Top
• Removing the Wall-Hung Bathroom Sink
• Installing the Cabinet and Top
• Installing a Bathroom Sink in a Plywood Top

How To Replace a Kitchen Sink
• Removing the Old Kitchen Sink
• Attaching Drain Fittings to the New Sink
• Attaching the Faucet
• Installing a Metal-Rim Sink
• Installing a Self-Rimming Cast-Iron Sink
• Connecting the Traps
• Connecting the Water

How To Install a Laundry Sink
• Installing a Freestanding Laundry Sink

Waste-Disposal Units
• General Repairs and Maintenance
• Removing a Waste-Disposal Unit
• Installing a Waste-Disposal Unit

Built-In Dishwashers
• Removing an Old Dishwasher
• Installing a New

Dishwasher Hot-Water Dispensers
• Installing an Instant Hot-Water Dispenser

FAUCET REPAIRS

Faucet Overview
• Water-Equipped Compression Faucets
• Washerless Faucets

Repairing Compression Faucets
• Replacing a Seat Washer To Fix a Leak
• Replacing Faucet Seats
• Grinding Faucet Seats
• Repairing Worn Stem Packing
• Fixing O-Ring Stem Leaks

Fixing Ball-Type Faucets
• How to Repair a Leaky Ball Faucet

Repairing Cartridge Faucets
• Repairing a Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet
• Repairing a Single-Handle Bath Cartridge Faucet
• Repairing Two-Handle Cartridge Faucets

Repairing Ceramic-Disk Faucets
• Fixing a Leak in a Ceramic-Disk Faucet
• Repairing Two-Handle Ceramic-Disk Faucets

Faucet-Related Repairs
• Dealing with Leaky Spray Attachments
• Correcting Aerator Problems
• Fixing Faucet Spout Leaks

Repairing Tub & Shower Faucets
• Reaching Recessed Faucets
• Fixing Single-Handle Tub and Shower Faucets
• Working with Scald-Control Faucets

Repairing Freeze-Proof Sillcocks & Hydrants
• Repairing a Yard Hydrant
• Fixing a Freeze-Proof Sillcock

TOILET REPAIRS & INSTALLATION

Toilet Fundamentals
• How Gravity-Flow Toilets Work
• Water-Saving Toilets

Trouble-Shooting Gravity-Flow Toilets
• Problem 1: Slow Toilet
• Problem 2: Bacteria- or Mineral-Clogged Toilet
• Problem 3: Slow-Filling Toilet
• Problem 4: Running Toilet
• Problem 5: Rippling Water
• Problem 6: Hissing Toilet
• Problem 7: Sticking Flush Handle
• Problem 8: Stuck Seat
• Problem 9: Leaking Base

Repairing Toilets
• Replacing a Flush Valve
• Replacing a Fill Valve

Trouble-Shooting Pressure-Assisted Toilets
• Problem 1: Running Toilet
• Problem 2: Inefficient Flushes

Toilet Flanges

• Leaky Flange Gaskets
• Broken Flanges

Resetting a Toilet

Installing a New Toilet
• Setting Toilets on Concrete

CLEARING DRAINPIPES

Drain Cleaners
• Chemical Drain Cleaners
• Mechanical Drain Cleaners

Access to Sink Lines

Access to Cleanout Fittings

Clearing Techniques
• Getting the Most from a Plunger
• Effective Auger Techniques

Clearing Bathtub Drains
• Clearing a Stopper Mechanism
• Clearing a Pop-Up Mechanism

Clearing Other Traps
• Clearing Bathroom Drum Traps
• Clearing Shower Drains
• Clearing Floor Drains
• Clearing Toilet Drains

 
REPAIRING & INSTALLING TUBS & SHOWERS

Waste & Overflow Repair & Replacement
• Replacing a Tub Drain Assembly

Tub & Shower Faucets
• Replacing a Tub-Shower Faucet

Bathtubs 231
• Whirlpool Tubs
• Installing a Cast-Iron Bathtub

Showers 238
• Installing a Shower Stall

MAINTAINING & INSTALLING WATER HEATERS 

Electric & Gas Water Heaters
• Electric Water Heaters
• Gas-Fired Water Heaters

Common Water-Heater Problems
• Faulty T&P Relief Valves
• Sediment Accumulation
• Anode Rods

Servicing Gas-Fired Water Heaters
• Combustion-Air Problems
• Vent-Pipe Problems
• Maintaining the Thermocouple and Burner

Servicing Electric Water Heaters
• Troubleshooting the Wiring and Thermostat
• Replacing a Heating Element

Replacing a Gas-Fired Water Heater

Installing an Electric Water Heater

 
SUMP PUMPS, FILTERS & SOFTENERS

Sump Pumps
• Sump Pumps for Groundwater and Runoff
• Installing a Submersible Sump Pump
• Installing an Above-Floor Sump Box

Filters
• Filter Types
• Installing In-Line Filters
• Installing Reverse-Osmosis Units

Ion-Exchange Equipment
• Installing Water Softeners

SEPTIC SYSTEMS, WELLS & SPRINKLERS

Septic Systems

Private Water Wells
• How to Replace a Leaking Pressure Tank

How to Install an Underground Sprinkler System
• An Overview
• Bringing the Water Outdoors
• Connecting Sprinkler Pipes
• Connecting the Sprinkler Heads
• Finishing the Plumbing
• The Control Panel

 
Appendix 1
PLUMBING BASICS

Water Supply System
• Municipal Supply Lines
• Water Meters
• Types of Service Line
• Interior Water Supply Systems
• Fixture and Appliance Connections

Drainage & Vent Systems
• Sizes and Materials
• The Drainpipe System

Tools
• Shopping for Tools
• Plumbing Tools

Appendix 2
PLANNING PLUMBING CHANGES & ADDITIONS

Building Codes
• Permits and Inspections

Layout & Feasibility
• Standard Rough-In Measurements
• Designing Efficient Plumbing Installations
• Planning for Access

Appendix 3
DRAINS, VENTS & TRAPS

Drains
• Basic Drainage Considerations
• Installing In-Ground Piping

Vents
• Vent Types and Terms
• Basic Drain and Vent Considerations
• Sizing Fixture Drains and Vents
• Installing Vents and Vent Fittings
• Roof Vent Considerations

Traps
• Trap Variations
• Broken Trap Seals

Appendix 4
WORKING WITH WASTE & VENT PIPES

Cast-Iron Drainage Piping
• Cast-Iron Fittings
• How to Cut Cast Iron
• Installing New Cast Iron
• Working with Existing Cast Iron
• Splicing T- and Y-fittings
• New Piping into Old Hubs
• Tearing Out a Cast-Iron System

Plastic Drainage Piping
• Working with Plastic Drainpipe

Resource Guide
Glossary
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580114851
Author:
Henkenius, Merle
Publisher:
Creative Homeowner
Author:
Plumbing
Author:
Creative Homeowner Press
Author:
How-To
Author:
Editors of Creative Homeowner
Author:
Home Improvement
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - Plumbing
Subject:
Plumbing
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself
Subject:
Step-by-step
Subject:
Pipe
Subject:
DWV
Subject:
Home Construction-Plumbing
Edition Description:
Third
Series:
Home Improvement
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
10.78x8.52x.97 in. 2.94 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Do-it-yourself and fix any plumbing problem in the house with this, new updated 5th edition of the Ultimate Guide to Plumbing. The book prepares the do-it-yourselfer to handle any plumbing task in the home, from replacing a washer in a leaky faucet to cutting and joining cast-iron vent pipes. The book also gives readers an overview of a house's plumbing system including supply, waste, and vent piping and explains the basic physics that keep everything working well. This new edition contains more than 700 full-color photos and 100 full-color illustrations for only $18.95.
"Synopsis" by ,
A comprehensive guide to the plumbing system, with code-compliant, step-by-step projects. Over 800 full-color photos and illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , Save money by making minor and major plumbing repairs and improvements with help from this complete home plumbing guide.
  • Unclog drains and fix leaky faucets
  • "Green Solutions" for saving resources
  • Install sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, water softeners, lawn sprinklers, and much more
  • Learn how your home's plumbing system works so that you can take action in an emergency
  • Make plumbing fixture improvements that add value to your home
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