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9780806936697

Plumbing Basics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780806936697

  • ISBN10:

    080693669X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-30
  • Publisher: Sterling
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Summary

What will you do if your faucet springs a leak, if your sink stops up, if your toilet valve breaks? You know it's going to happen at some point--so be prepared, by knowing how home plumbing systems operate, from top to bottom, and how to handle repairs on everything from tubs to dishwashers. Written by an expert with a knack for breaking down complex tasks into bite-sized, digestible nuggets, this manual wades through the different components and shows how they interact; lays out the dizzying array of required tools and materials; jumps into the logistics of working with pipes; helps you confront those emergency leaks and clogs; groups faucets into five common types and explains how to fix each one; unravels the mysteries of sinks and toilets, and provides a handy guide to replacing common fixtures. You'll feel supremely confident when you have to do it yourself.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4(3)
Home Plumbing Systems
Supply Systems
7(1)
Waste Systems
8(1)
Vent Systems
9(1)
Traps
10(1)
Plumbing Codes
11(1)
Permits
12(1)
Checking Your System
13(1)
Common Requirements
14(3)
Plumbing Tools & Materials
General-Purpose Tools
17(2)
Specialty Tools
19(1)
Tools for Working with Copper
20(1)
Sealants
21(1)
Supply & Waste Pipe
22(2)
Copper Fittings
24(1)
CPVC Fittings
25(1)
DWV Fittings
26(1)
Supply Valves
27(1)
Transition Fittings
28(1)
Measuring Pipe & Fittings
29(2)
Working with Pipe
Joining Plastic Pipe
31(4)
Disassembling Plastic Pipe
35(1)
Joining Copper Pipe
36(4)
Joining Brass Valves
40(1)
Disassembling Copper & Brass
41(1)
Joining Compression Fittings
42(1)
Joining Flare Fittings
43(1)
Joining Flexible Tubing
44(2)
Joining Galvanized Pipe
46(3)
Emergency Repairs
Unclogging a Bathroom Sink
49(5)
Unclogging a Kitchen Sink
54(2)
Clearing Branch & Main Lines
56(2)
Clearing Shower & Tub Drains
58(1)
Unclogging Toilets
59(1)
Repairing Minor Pipe Leaks
60(2)
Repairing Major Pipe Leaks
62(3)
Repairing Faucets
Ball-Type Faucets
65(3)
Cartridge-Type Faucets
68(2)
Modern Compression Faucets
70(2)
Outdated Compression Faucets
72(1)
Valve Seats
73(1)
Diaphragm Faucets
74(2)
Disk Faucets
76(2)
Reverse-Compression Faucets
78(2)
Leaky Base Plates
80(3)
Repairing Sinks
Stopping Bathroom Sink Leaks
83(1)
Adjusting a Pop-Up Mechanism
84(1)
Replacing a Bathroom Sink Drain Body
85(1)
Fixing a Leaky Kitchen Strainer
86(1)
Repairing Dishwasher Connections
87(1)
Stopping Garbage Disposer Leaks
88(1)
Repairing a Diverter Valve
89(1)
Replacing a Spray Hose
90(1)
Fixing an Aerator
91(2)
Repairing Toilets
How a Toilet Works
93(1)
Adjusting the Water Level
94(1)
Adjusting the Handle and Lift Chain
95(1)
Stopping a Running Toilet
96(1)
Repairing a Diaphragm Ballcock
97(1)
Repairing a Plunger-Valve Ballcock
98(1)
Repairing a Float-Cup Ballcock
99(1)
Installing a New Ballcock
100(2)
Servicing a Flush Valve
102(1)
Installing a New Flush Valve
103(1)
Fixing a Leaky Toilet
104(1)
Replacing a Wax Ring
105(4)
Replacing Fixtures
Replacing a Showerhead
109(1)
Replacing a Tub Spout
110(1)
Removing a Sink
111(1)
Sink Mounting Variations
112(2)
Installing a One-Piece Sink/Countertop
114(2)
Installing a Drop-In Sink
116(2)
Installing a Kitchen Sink
118(2)
Replacing a Faucet
120(2)
Replacing a Wide-Spread Faucet
122(2)
Replacing a Tub/Shower Faucet
124(2)
Glossary 126(2)
Index 128

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