Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

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Wiley, Mar 4, 2008 - House & Home - 192 pages
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Want to save time, money, and frustration on plumbing repair and replacement? Do it yourself! Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies turns even the most daunting household plumbing project into a simple, step-by-step process that delivers professional-quality results at a fraction of what you'd have to pay a plumber—and you won't have to wait weeks for an appointment.

From fixing leaks and drips to caulking a tub or shower, to replacing a faucet, you'll discover how to tackle 40 of the most common plumbing jobs in your home. Easy-to-follow, detailed instructions and hundreds of photos and illustrations guide you through each task. And, you'll even discover what surprises to expect and how to prepare for them. This user-friendly guide delivers all the help you need to:

  • Understand your home's plumbing system
  • Comply with local plumbing codes
  • Fill your plumbing toolbox—including safety equipment
  • Organize, plan, and prepare for your plumbing job
  • Repair and upgrade faucets of all kinds
  • Unclog drains, traps, and toilets
  • Replace toilet parts and fix leaky tanks and bowls
  • Stop toilet tanks from sweating
  • Deal with noisy, sweaty, and frozen pipes
  • Replace a dishwasher or garbage disposal

Complete with a helpful primer on choosing the right pipes and fittings for your project and understanding your home's supply and drain-waste-vent systems, Plumbing Do-It-Yourself for Dummies is the one tool you must have before starting any household plumbing project.

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About the author (2008)

Donald R. Prestly is a former Senior Editor for HANDY Magazine for The Handyman Club of America as well as a former Associate Editor for The Family Handyman Magazine. In addition to nearly 20 years of writing and doing home improvement projects, he spent several years as a manager for one of the Midwest’s largest home centers. Throw in the everyday upkeep requirements of being a homeowner, dealing with the same problems and repairs as other homeowners, and it’s clear that he has the background and expertise to help do-it-yourselfers tackle home plumbing repairs. Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is Don’s second For Dummies book; he’s also the author of Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies, published in 2003.

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