- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Cool Springs Press; Auflage: 4 Expanded ed. (1. Juli 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1589233786
- ISBN-13: 978-1589233782
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 2,5 x 27,9 cm
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Black + Decker The Complete Guide to Plumbing (Black + Decker Complete Guide To...) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2008
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Fresher and more complete than ever, this edition includes new material and revised information and is completely current with the 2006 Universal Plumbing Code. From basic repairs to advanced renovations, this is the only plumbing reference book a homeowner needs. And now, for the first time, Black & Decker(R) The Complete Guide to Plumbing includes a comprehensive section on working with gas pipe. No other big book of plumbing for DIYers covers this important subject.Also new to this 4th edition is expansive coverage of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), the bendable supply tubing that's taking over a major portion of the DIY market. And with the current popularity of outdoor kitchens, we've expanded our coverage of outdoor plumbing as well. Now, we'll show you every step of the process to supply and drain an outdoor sink.
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There are different sections to this book. The main sections address various plumbing projects. Any plumbing project you can imagine is covered with pictures and detailed explanation from fixing a leaking faucet to installing a new bathroom. Do you want to replace a toilet? It's there. Repairs. Installations. Drains. Quick repairs to burst pipes as well as permanent repairs. Another chapter deals with tools, materials and skills. How to work with copper, PEX, iron, gas pipe fittings... It has a comprehensive list with pictures of the tools that plumbers use and materials like solder, putty and compound, and it explains how to make a fitting.
This is a good resource to have.
This book could have been better.
So, what you would look for in a helpful book on plumbing--or what I was looking for--was something BEYOND this, something more in depth. I want to know some of the more likely variations I might see--in any old house, for example. I want a good section on the best tool set to get you started, along with rules of thumb and tips for using those tools. I want a section which takes you through the basics of threaded pipe assembly, teflon tape, thread sealant--and not in a stupid "use teflon tape" statement inside a single step of the instructions! HOW MUCH tape? What's the best way to handle it? Should you cut it? Should you pull it to break it off? Should you use tape AND sealant? What is the difference between soft set and hard set sealant? And how about some recommendations for when to use which type? What are the most useful sizes of pipe wrench to own for the average homeowner? How tight do you tighten various fittings? Should you use 3/8 copper flexible tube and compression fittings to install your faucet, or are braided hoses with gaskets the better, easier way to go?
I could go on and on about all that is MISSING from this book!
I just recently replaced the drain and p-trap in my upstairs sink, for example. I read the relevant material in this book and bought the parts I was going to need. Now, of course, very little went as the instructions went! I knew this would be the case, of course, but this is my point. I won't go into all the gory details, but the most important, and difficult sticking point was that the outlet of the old p-trap did NOT have a compression nut on it. Instead, it screwed into 1 1/4 DWV. And, to make matters worse, the pipe itself freaking just disintegrated when I tried to turn it out of the DWV elbow female threaded fitting, and left behind a VERY substantial male threaded ring stuck inside the fitting. It took me 2 hours to get the stupid thing out. I didn't want to damage the elbow, as it was sweated onto the drain-waste-vent line and was right against the back wall of the bathroom. But I had to get the ring out. I cut it in three or four places with a jab saw with a metal cutting sawzall blade installed, being very careful not to cut too far, and banged it inwards with a mallet and screwdriver until I destroyed the integrity of the ring and broke it at one of the cuts. Once that was done, it turned out very easily by hand. But now what? I didn't know. So I went to the local Home Depot and fortunately found someone who worked there who knew exactly what I was talking about and what I needed and sold me a nipple that threaded into the DWV elbow and into which the p-trap outlet fit and onto which the compression nut threaded.
There is absolutely NOTHING in this book to help you in REAL WORLD plumbing situations. If you tackle a project, it's rather unlikely it will resemble the pictures and steps in this book. I understand that a book can't cover every scenario. Fine. But you'd expect good general advice about the many SITUATIONS you will almost certainly run into. More than one plumber I've talked to has mentioned the strategy of cutting a stuck male fitting, or breaking one. This book says nothing. Nor does it do very well with explaining what all the conventions and acronyms mean.
I don't know what else to suggest as an alternative--I'm in the process of researching that--but this book is lousy. Horrid. Very disappointing. A waste of money. Really. Next to useless.
Also I don't also recall it telling some plumbing no-no's which is bad for the home DYI'er such as galvanic corrosion and such. I think more mentions of these would have been helpful for letting a non-mechanically and knowledgeable individual from making costly future mistakes.
But for the amount of colorful pictures and explanations, I think it is a fabulous book, but if your an actual plumber, I think it could only be used as a slight reference.