Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 15, 2010 - House & Home - 170 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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Contents

Getting to Know Your Plumbing System
5
Understanding Plumbing
7
The Residential Plumbing System
8
Fetch Me My Pipe and Fittings
15
Supply Tubes
18
Supply Fittings
19
Drain and Vent Fittings
20
Getting the 411 on Codes and Requirements
23
Replacing a Showerhead
84
Repairing a Tub and Shower Compression Faucet
86
Repairing a Cartridge Shower Faucet
92
Repairing a Disk Shower Faucet
97
Repairing a CartridgeSeatSpring Faucet
102
Adjusting a Tub Drain
108
Unclogging Tub and Shower Drains
111
Toilets
115

Getting Permission and the Inspectors Blessing
24
Filling Your Plumbing Toolbox
25
Stocking Up on Safety Equipment and Using It
29
Faucets and Sinks
31
Cleaning a Faucet Aerator and Sink Sprayer
33
Repairing a Leaky Rotary Ball Faucet
35
Repairing a Leaky Cartridge Filter Faucet
39
Repairing a Leaky Ceramic Disk Faucet
44
Repairing a Leaky Compression Faucet
48
Repairing a Leaky TwoHandle Faucet Spout
51
Caulking around a Sink Bowl
54
Replacing a Leaky Sink Basket
56
Replacing a Sink Trap
59
Replacing a DoubleBowl Kitchen Sink Drain
61
Replacing a Bathroom Sink Drain
65
Adjusting a PopUp Drain
70
Unclogging Sink Drains
72
Soldering Copper Pipe
74
Tubs and Showers
77
Caulking the Tub Tile and Fixtures
79
Replacing a Tub Spout
81
Checking a Toilet for Leaks
117
Replacing a Fill Valve
119
Replacing a Flush Valve
125
Replacing a Flapper
130
Adjusting the Tanks Water Level
133
Repairing a Leaky Tank
135
Repairing a Leaky Bowl
138
Stopping a Tank from Sweating
143
Replacing a Toilet Seat
147
Unclogging a Toilet with a Plunger
149
Clearing a Clog with a Closet Auger
151
The Part of Tens
153
Ten Tips for Plumbing Success
155
Know Your Home
156
Dont Procrastinate
157
Ten Tips for Dealing with Problematic Pipes
159
Sweating Pipes
160
Ten Safety Considerations
161
Practice
162
Index
163
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About the author (2010)

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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