Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 3rd edition by Merle Editors of Creative HomeownerUltimate Guide: Plumbing, 3rd edition by Merle Editors of Creative Homeowner

Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 3rd edition

byMerle Editors of Creative Homeowner, Merle How-To

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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 So in addition to learning how to plan and complete each project, readers learn how to spot and improve outdated or dangerous techniques and materials in their home's plumbing system.

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.Consumers recognize Creative Homeowner as their leading and trusted source for the best information, inspir...

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Title:Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, 3rd editionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 10.88 × 8.5 × 0.71 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHINGLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1580114857

ISBN - 13:9781580114851

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Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide: Plumbing

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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 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 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

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
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

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. 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
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
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

Building Codes. Permits and Inspections
Layout & Feasibility. Standard Rough-In Measurements. Designing Efficient Plumbing Installations. Planning for Access

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

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 GuideGlossaryIndex

Editorial Reviews

"provides a wealth of information for both the novice and avid DIYer.... The first thing I noticed when thumbing through this book is the quantity and quality of photos and illustrations. They're superb quality, and go a long way to amplifying the text......... If you've even thought you might want to undertake a few plumbing projects around the home or cottage, this is the go-to book."  Carl Duguaywww.toolreviews.ca.August 2010  http://www.toolreviews.ca/books/CH3/ch3.html