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Planning Drain Waste & Vent Systems

Planning Drain Waste & Vent Systems


Plumber's Handbook Revised
Plumber's Handbook Revised

Craftsman National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator
National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

2012 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
2012 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

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Planning Drain Waste & Vent Systems

By: Howard Massey   >> Preview Chapter

This practical guide to planning and designing drainage, waste and vent systems will help you prepare plumbing plans for just about any project you're likely to handle: residential, commercial., private sewage disposal systems, mobile home parks - even public toilet room layouts for the physically handicapped.

It covers the entire subject, from basic plumbing principles to the final drawings. Emphasis is on designing systems that meet requirements for any of the popular plumbing codes.

Detailed chapters cover:

  • Basic Plumbing Principles
  • Traps and Cleanouts
  • General Regulations
  • Interceptors and Separators
  • Plumbing Materials
  • Septic Tanks and Drainfields
  • Vents and Venting
  • Drawing D WV Plans

Most plumbing designers know the inconvenience and expense - of having their plans rejected - often because of a small oversight. This manual has all the information you need to get your plans approved the first time, and to avoid expensive mistakes and delays.

Everyone who plans or installs plumbing systems in communities where plumbing codes are enforced should have this practical manual.

Illustrated with hundreds of diagrams, sketches and schematics, this is your best guide to the intricacies of drainage, waste and vent systems.

The Author:

Howard C. Massey has seen plumbing from every perspective - as a plumber, contractor, inspector, plans examiner and consultant. He's one of the nation's outstanding authorities on the plumbing code and preparing for the plumbing exam.

Mr. Massey began as an apprentice plumber, advancing quickly to journeyman, and then master plumber. For over fifteen years he operated his own plumbing contracting firm in Florida, undertaking a wide variety of residential, commercial and school projects.

For fourteen years he was assistant plumbing chief and plans examiner for Dade County (Miami) Florida. He's helped write, grade and monitor plumbing exams and is a nationally recognized expert both on the code and how to teach code compliance to apprentice and journeyman plumbers.

Other books by Mr. Massey are Basic Plumbing with Illustrations, Plumber's Handbook, Plumber's Exam Preparation Guide, and Illustrated Guide to the International Plumbing & Fuel Gas Codes.


Which Code Do You Need?, 5
How Plans Are Approved, 6
Basic Principles of the Plumbing Code, 7
Designing Drainage, Waste and Vent Systems, 9
The Terminology, 10

2 Plumbing Systems: General Regulations, 11

General Instructions and Regulations, 11

3 Standards for Plumbing Materials, 22

Material Standards in the UPC, 22
Special Materials, 28

4 An Introduction to Sanitary Drainage Systems, 31

Parts of a Drainage, Waste and Vent System, 31
Sewage Disposal, 32
Building Sewers, 33
Materials for Drainage Systems, 39
Isometric Drawings, 41
Sizing the Drainage System, 41

5 Vents and Venting, 48

Preventing Back Pressure and Siphonage, 48
Materials for Vent Piping, 49
Protecting Vent Pipes, 50
Code-Required Vent Slopes and Connections, 51
Vent Stacks and Stack Vents, 52
Vent Stacks and Relief Vents, 54
Types of Vents and Venting Systems, 57

6 Fixture Traps and Cleanouts, 65

Fixture Trap Requirements, 65
Drainage Pipe Cleanouts, 69
Manholes, 72

7 Interceptors, Separators and Neutralizing Devices, 81

Grease Interceptors, 81
Greasy Waste Systems, 85
Lint Interceptors, 87
Gasoline, Oil and Sand Interceptors, 89
Other Types of Interceptors or Separators, 95
Neutralizing Tanks, 97

8 Indirect Waste Piping and Special Wastes, 99

Indirect Waste Pipes, 99
Indirect Waste Connections, 100
Other Types of Special Waste, 106
Storm Drainage Systems, 108
Combined Drainage Systems, 112

9 Private Sewage Disposal Systems, 117

How a Septic Tank System Works, 117
Drainfield Construction, 123
Special Types of Effluent Disposal, 127

10 Mobile Home and RV Park Plumbing Systems, 134

General Regulations, 135
Designing a Park Drainage System, 136
Designing a Park Water Distribution System, 141

11 Drawing Your Drainage and Vent Systems, 142

The Working Drawings, 142
Job Specifications, 143
Floor Plans, 144
Isometric Drawings, 150

Common Plumbing Abbreviations, 159

Glossary, 163

Index, 186

Softcover - 202 Pages
8-1/2 x 11 in.


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