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Plumbing a house
Hemp, Peter A. (Peter Addison)
Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
TH6124 .H447 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TH6124 .H447 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Master plumber Peter Hemp explains in step-by-step sequence how to create (for both new and remodeled homes) plumbing systems that function efficiently and withstand the rigors of time. For both homeowners and professionals, he shows how to design, size, and install pipes using a variety of standard materials and tools.

Author Notes

Peter Hemp is a residential plumber in Albany, California. He is a contributor to Fine Homebuilding magazine and has written one previous book on plumbing for home owners

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Booklist Review

This is more for people building a house than those remodeling one, but its no-nonsense, in-depth explanations and marvelously clear illustrations make it a worthwhile reference for anyone facing an expedition into the crazy world of domestic plumbing. Like any really good book, it broaches some controversy: Hemp apparently doesn't go along with the idea that fluoridated water is likely to bond with elements of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes and pose a health risk. But he isn't going to tell you what to do, merely how to do whatever it is you want to do. He mentions the controversy, but he describes in some detail several kinds of pipes for every application. Showing keen appreciation of where real power in the construction universe lies, he notes that local governing bodies are the ultimate arbiters of plumbing morality, so check with them before proceeding. Creating your own plumbing system is a daunting task. Those who are game will want to have Hemp, or at least his book, at their side. ~--Mike Tribby

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Toolsp. 2
Chapter 2 Systems and Materialsp. 14
Chapter 3 Sizing the Pipep. 40
Chapter 4 Pipe Joineryp. 54
Chapter 5 Drain, Waste and Vent Linesp. 96
Chapter 6 Water Supply and Distribution Linesp. 138
Chapter 7 Fuel-Gas Distribution Pipingp. 164
Chapter 8 Venting Gas Water Heaters and Furnacesp. 176
Chapter 9 Remodelingp. 192
Sources of Supplyp. 206
Indexp. 210