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Basic Plumbing with Illustrations, Revised

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Basic Plumbing with Illustrations, Revised

By: Howard Massey   >> Preview Chapter

This revised edition offers up-to-date instructions for installing code-approved plumbing in residential and light commercial buildings. Twenty-three chapters cover all the fundamentals of the trade: planning and sizing, installation, maintenance, common layout, materials, and code requirements for each job.

It is the journeyman's and apprentice's guide to installing plumbing, piping, and fixtures in residential and light commercial buildings: how to select the right materials, lay out the job and do professional-quality plumbing work, use essential tools and materials, make repairs, maintain plumbing systems, install fixtures, and add to existing systems.

You'll find invaluable information on inspections, floor plans and plot plans, drawing and reading isometrics, code definitions, and materials.

How to size and install plumbing systems:

  • traps
  • valves
  • faucets
  • pipefitting

How to rough-in, maintain and repair:

  • drain/waste/vent systems
  • septic tanks and drainfields
  • hot water systems, including solar
  • plumbing for swimming pools, hot tubs and spas

Illustrated with hundreds of charts, tables, installation diagrams, and rough-in measurements. Includes a glossary of plumbing terms, plumbing abbreviations, extensive study questions at the end of each chapter, and a section with all the correct answers and the page in the book where the subject is covered.

If you're looking for a book that covers all aspects of code-approved plumbing - planning, installation, and repairs, with big, clear illustrations - this is the book you need.

The Author:

Howard Massey is in every way an expert on the plumbing code and plumbing principles. He entered the field as an apprentice, advancing quickly to journeyman and master plumber. He was for 15 years a plumbing contractor and served for 14 years as assistant plumbing chief and plans examiner for Dade County, Florida.

Having seen plumbing work from all sides - as a plumber, plumbing contractor, inspector, and plans examiner - he knows where the problems lie. He has seen just about every mistake a tradesman, architect, engineer and plumbing contractor can make.

Since every plumber must have complete, up-to-date knowledge of the current plumbing code, Mr. Massey has revised and supplemented this manual to comply with significant code changes and new materials and methods that have appeared since the last printing of Plumber's Handbook. That makes this volume one of the most complete and useful guides available to the plumbing trade.

Other books by Mr. Massey are Plumber's Handbook, Plumber's Exam Preparation Guide, Planning Drain, Waste & Vent Systems, and Illustrated Guide to the International Plumbing & Fuel Gas Codes.


Introduction to Plumbing, 5
Plumbing Codes, 5
What About Plumbing Permits? 6
The Plumbing System, 7
The Drainage System, 7
The Water Supply System, 9
Plumbing Fixtures, 10
Plot Plans, 11
Isometric Drawings and Definitions, 16
How to Draw the Axes of an Isometric Drawing, 16
Fittings in an Isometric Drawing, 17
Terms Used on Isometric Drawings, 18
The Drainage System, 26
Sizing Drain and Water Pipes, 26
Exceptions to the Rules, 28
Minimum Size Code Requirements, 30
The Vent System, 33
Sizing the Vent System, 33
Horizontal Distance of
Fixture Trap from Vent, 38
Traps, 45
Fixture Traps, 45
Building Traps, 50
Broken Trap Seals, 51
The Parts of a Trap, 52
Cleanouts, 57
Floor Plans and Layouts, 63
Beginning Your Layout, 63
Typical Bathroom Installations, 65
Typical Residential Installations, 69
DWV Materials and Installation, 73
The Principles of DWV Systems, 73
Materials, 77
Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings, 78
Plastic Pipe and Fittings, 84
General Installation Methods, 88
DWV Piping Within a Building, 95
Septic Tanks and Drainfields, 103
Now the Septic Tank Functions, 104
Size and Location of Septic Tanks, 105
Design and Construction of Septic Tanks, 105
Sizing Drainfields, 106
Drainfield Construction and Installation, 109
Care of Septic Tanks and Drainfields, 112
Water Supply and Distribution System, 115
Private Water Supply, 115
Sizing the Water System, 115
Maintenance of Water Systems, 119
Valves and Faucets, 125
Valves, 125
Faucets, 127
Hot Water Systems, 130
The Hot Water System Components, 130
The Hot Water Heater, 131
Safety Devices, 132
Solar Water Heaters, 135
Water Pipe and Fittings, 144
Galvanized Steel Pipe, 144
Copper Pipe and Tubing, 148
Plastic Pipe, 148
Installation of Water Systems, 152
Installing Water Service Supply Pipe, 152
Installing Water Distributing Piping, 155
Avoid Cross-Connection, 157
Basic Plumbing Procedures, 158
Cutting, Threading and Joining Steel Pipe, 163
Cutting and Joining Copper Pipe, 168
Cutting and Joining Rigid Plastic Pipe, 171
Private Water Wells and Sprinkler Systems, 177
The Well, 178
Suction Lines, 181
Pressure Tank Water Systems, 183
Lawn Sprinkler Systems, 186
Troubleshooting Guide - Jet Pumps, 192
Troubleshooting Guide - Submersible Pumps, 195
Roughing-in, 200
Plumbing Fixture Clearance, 200
Plumbing Fixture Carriers, 202
Roughing-In Dimensions, 205
Plumbing Fixtures, 210
Minimum Fixture Requirements, 210
Plumbing Fixture Overflows, 213
Showers, 218
Lavatories, 223
Water Closets, 228
Urinals, 234
Laundry Sinks, 235
Kitchen Sinks, 235
Food Waste Disposers, 236
Under-Counter Dishwashers, 237
Water Heaters, 239
Maintenance of Plumbing Systems, 246
Identifying Types and Locations of Stoppages, 246
Hard Water Problems, 254
Reduced Water Pressure, 255
Pressure Fluctuation, 256
Complete Loss of Water, 257
Water Hammer, 257
Thawing Frozen Pipes, 258
Cleaning Discolored Fixtures, 259
General Plumbing Repairs, 261
Leaks in Valves, 261
Repairing Compression Faucets, 263
Single-Handle Mixing Faucets, 265
Other Types of Washers and Packings, 269
Water Closets, 276
Using Valves to Locate the Leak, 285
Leaking Tanks, 286
Simple Gas Installations, 289
Kinds of Gas, 289
Sizing Gas Service Piping, 290
Materials for Gas Installations, 292
Installing Gas Piping, 292
Private Swimming Pools, 301
Water Supply and Water Disposal, 301
Minimum Pool Equipment, 302
Materials and Installation Methods, 308
Spas and Hot Tubs, 308
Energy Conservation Law, 309
Answers, 311
Definitions of Terms, 361
Abbreviations and Symbols, 367
Plumbing Symbol Legend, 372
Fitting Symbols, 373
Index, 375

Softcover - 384 Pages
8-1/2 x 11 in.


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