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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to plumbing
Author:
Meany, Terry, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xx, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780028638935
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

DIY television shows attract huge audiences as more people express an interest in fixing things themselves. This guide to plumbing aims to save the diligent reader a fortune and to help prevent them from being duped by the unscrupulous.


Author Notes

Terry Meany has been a professional home restorer for two decades. He is a "talented" amateur who picked up plumbing skills as a homeowner and from observing plumbers on remodeling jobs. He has designed, built, or supervised the construction of bathrooms, decks, and room expansions for both family homes and rental properties. Mr. Meany is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide#65533; to Remodeling Your Home, Care for Your Home the Lazy Way, The Complete Idiot's Guide#65533; to Electrical Repair, and Working Windows: A Guide to the Repair and Restoration of Wood Windows. He lives in the Seattle area.


Table of Contents

Part 1 The Basics: Civilization Equals Clean Waterp. 1
1 Open Tap, Get Waterp. 3
Water, Water, Everywherep. 4
Cycled and Recycledp. 4
Giving Water the Treatmentp. 6
You and Your Water Companyp. 6
The Inside Storyp. 8
What Comes In Must Go Outp. 11
Every Drop Adds Upp. 13
2 Potable Water, Potent Historyp. 15
When in Romep. 16
Bath Timep. 17
The Party's Overp. 17
Reliving Historyp. 18
Pay Attention to Your Infrastructurep. 19
Privies Are Not Always Privatep. 20
Big Beginningsp. 20
Bringing Outhouses Indoorsp. 21
Bathing Was a Lot of Work!p. 22
Does Plumbing Lead to Morality?p. 22
Self-Sufficiency Has Its Limitsp. 23
The Sanitarians Arrivep. 24
Life Is Better Todayp. 24
3 Codes, Inspections, and Safetyp. 27
This Isn't Computer Codep. 28
One Code's Historyp. 30
Permits and Inspectionsp. 30
The Code Isn't Perfectp. 32
What an Inspector Expectsp. 33
Inspectors Aren't Perfect, Eitherp. 33
Safety Countsp. 34
Don't Fool With Toolsp. 35
How Shockingp. 35
Extension Cordsp. 36
Going Upp. 36
These Aren't Dust Bunniesp. 37
The Evils of Leadp. 37
4 If Your Walls Could Talkp. 39
Inspection Essentialsp. 40
Do-It-Yourself Inspectionsp. 41
Inspector Homes, At Your Servicep. 41
Does Clear Mean Clean?p. 42
Get the Lead Out!p. 43
Oh, the Pressurep. 43
Types of Pipesp. 44
Look for Leaksp. 45
The Fixturesp. 46
Septic Inspectionsp. 48
Hot Water Radiator Systemsp. 48
The Big Picturep. 48
5 Your Wish Listp. 51
The Biggest Wish of Allp. 52
Bathroom Fantasiesp. 54
Kitchens Need Water, Toop. 61
Watering Holesp. 62
Where Will You Pipe Today?p. 64
6 Do-It-Yourself or Hire It Out?p. 67
Call Me Plumberp. 68
Call Me a Plumber, Quick!p. 72
It Costs How Much?p. 74
Dealing With Plumbersp. 74
Contracting for a Contractorp. 75
Three-in-Onep. 75
Plans and Specifications--Always!p. 77
About Those Contractsp. 78
Clean-Up and Wall Repairp. 79
Part 2 Tools, Techniques, and Fixturesp. 81
7 Tools and Spare Partsp. 83
Tool Basicsp. 84
Hand Toolsp. 85
Tools You've Never Seen Beforep. 87
A World of Wrenchesp. 88
Cutters and Hackersp. 89
Power Toolsp. 91
Care and Feeding of Power Toolsp. 93
Rent or Buy?p. 93
UL-Approved Parts for Youp. 94
Tools You'll Probably Never Usep. 94
Spare Partsp. 95
8 Pipes: Joining and Fittingp. 97
What's Your Type?p. 97
Working with Plastic Pipep. 98
Plastic and Metal Do Mixp. 101
More Plastic: DWV Systemp. 102
Why Plumbers Like Copperp. 104
Time to Torchp. 106
Galvanized and Iron Pipep. 108
9 Choosing Your Fixtures and Faucetsp. 111
Basically, Fixtures Hold Waterp. 112
It Can Get Ridiculousp. 112
Bathroom Lavatoriesp. 112
Toilet Choicesp. 114
Blast from the Pastp. 114
From Tough to Indestructiblep. 115
Kitchen Fixturesp. 118
Cleaning Your Fixturesp. 118
Faucet Factsp. 120
Part 3 Fundamental Fixesp. 123
10 Clearing the Clogsp. 125
Clogs Are Never Timelyp. 126
How Does Your Kitchen Sink Drain?p. 126
Getting Serious with an Augerp. 127
Trapped in a Trapp. 129
Clearing a Lavatory Drainp. 129
Tub and Shower Drainsp. 131
Clearing Out the Main Linep. 135
11 Say Hello to Your Toiletp. 139
Working Principlesp. 140
The Inside Storyp. 140
Flushing Actionp. 142
Toilet Typesp. 143
When Toilets Go Badp. 144
Low-Flow Bluesp. 155
Preventive Maintenancep. 156
Finding Those Pesky Leaksp. 157
Cleaning Cluesp. 158
Septic Tanksp. 160
One Alternativep. 161
When Natural Drainage Won't Dop. 162
12 Easy Leak Repairsp. 163
Leaks, the Hidden Storyp. 164
It All Adds Upp. 164
When Copper Isn't Kingp. 166
Pipe, Fitting, and Fixture Sealantsp. 167
Very Quick, Very Temporary Fixesp. 168
The Art of Homemade Fixesp. 169
Hardware Helpersp. 170
Copper Capersp. 175
Plastic Patchingp. 177
Small Leaks and Big Leaksp. 177
13 Start with a Faucetp. 181
A Faucet for Every Purposep. 182
Leaking Handlesp. 186
Washerless ... Sort Ofp. 187
A Fitting Finishp. 190
Spray Attachmentsp. 191
Aeratorsp. 192
14 Tubs and Showersp. 195
Hide-and-Seek Shower Componentsp. 196
A Shower or a Dribble?p. 197
Tub Surround Integrityp. 203
Tile Replacementp. 204
No Tile Problems with Acrylicp. 204
Part 4 Bigger Fixesp. 207
15 Replacing Sinks and Faucetsp. 209
First, a Look on Topp. 210
Looking Belowp. 210
Copper and Plastic Pipep. 212
Removing Your Old Sinkp. 212
Removing the Kitchen Sink and Disposerp. 213
Removing Bathroom Lavatoriesp. 214
Sink and Faucet Selectionsp. 214
Installing Your New Sinkp. 215
Installing Your New Faucetp. 216
Installing a Self-Rimming Kitchen Sinkp. 218
The World Belowp. 219
Installing Your New Disposerp. 221
Bathroom Lavatoriesp. 221
Installing a New Lavatoryp. 222
Removing an Old Faucetp. 224
16 Installing a New Tub and Showerp. 227
Replace or Not Replace?p. 228
The Aftermathp. 230
Choosing a Tubp. 231
Installing Your New Tubp. 231
Showersp. 232
Beyond Tubs and Showersp. 235
17 Kitchen Concernsp. 239
Only the Kitchen Sinkp. 240
Dump and Grindp. 241
Installing a New Disposerp. 245
Getting Dissed by Your Dishwasherp. 246
Getting into Hot Waterp. 247
Installing a Hot Water Dispenserp. 247
Part 5 Major Upgrades and Remodelingp. 249
18 The Big Picturep. 251
Starting Smallp. 252
When Electricity and Water Mixp. 253
Serious Remodelingp. 254
Plans? What Plans?p. 254
A Raft of Craftsp. 255
Generals and Subsp. 257
Floors and Morep. 257
Walls and Finishesp. 259
Some Like It Hotp. 260
Putting It All Togetherp. 260
19 The Basics: All New Pipesp. 263
Before You Start, Ask Yourself Thisp. 264
The Code Comes to Dinnerp. 264
Pipes and More Pipesp. 265
Planning the Layoutp. 267
Installing Water Pipesp. 268
Getting Through the Framingp. 269
Just a Few Rulesp. 270
New Sewer Linesp. 270
Going Undergroundp. 270
DWV System: VIP Pipesp. 272
Gas Pipep. 273
20 Adding a Bathroomp. 275
Our National Motto: More Bathroomsp. 276
The Big Picturep. 276
Consider the Plumbingp. 277
What's All This Going to Cost?p. 278
Code Issuesp. 278
Windows and Ventilationp. 279
Framingp. 280
Choosing Cabinetryp. 283
Tiling Thrillsp. 283
Treat Your Feet to a Fine Floorp. 284
Fixtures and Faucetsp. 284
Bathroom Odds and Endsp. 285
Simple Installation Rulesp. 285
Basement Bathroomsp. 286
21 Kitchen Remodelingp. 289
An Overviewp. 290
It's Getting Crowded in Herep. 290
Electrical Req-wire-mentsp. 291
Lightingp. 292
Looking Aheadp. 292
A Computer in Every Roomp. 293
Floorsp. 293
Lots of Storagep. 294
Reuse, Refinish, Resurfacep. 294
Kitchen Designersp. 295
Putting In the Plumbingp. 295
Thrown for a Loopp. 296
Speaking of Ventingp. 296
Picking a Faucetp. 297
Dishwashersp. 297
Structural Changesp. 297
Refrigeratorsp. 298
22 Outdoor Plumbingp. 301
It Starts with a Hosep. 302
Ice in the Pipesp. 302
Installing a New Sillcockp. 303
Speaking of Freezingp. 304
Sprinkler Systemsp. 306
Enough Water to Go Aroundp. 306
Planning Your Systemp. 306
The Componentsp. 307
Installing Your Systemp. 310
Time to Waterp. 312
Part 6 Other Plumbing Concernsp. 315
23 Hot Water Heatersp. 317
How Water Heaters Workp. 318
Decisions, Decisionsp. 319
Reading the EnergyGuide Labelp. 321
Hot Water Problemsp. 322
Alternatives to Tanksp. 326
Let the Sunshine Inp. 329
24 Laundry Roomsp. 333
It Beats a Washboardp. 334
Out of the Dark Agesp. 334
A Short History Lessonp. 335
Before You Buyp. 336
Safety Countsp. 336
Laundry Hintsp. 337
Location, Location, Locationp. 338
Laundry Installation Rulesp. 339
Electrical Requirementsp. 341
A Word About Clothes Dryersp. 341
25 Heat and Plumbing Concernsp. 343
It's a Gas!p. 344
Gas Space Heatersp. 347
Hot Water and Steam Heatp. 348
Understanding Steam Heatp. 350
26 Wells Are Swellp. 355
Who Drinks Well Water Anyway?p. 356
Ground Water Groupsp. 357
The First Timep. 357
Types of Wellsp. 359
Contracts and Contractorsp. 360
Abandoned and Forgottenp. 360
Well Maintenance and Safeguardsp. 361
Giving Your Well the Treatmentp. 367
Water Softenersp. 369
Appendixes
A Glossaryp. 371
B Resourcesp. 375
Indexp. 377

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