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Plumber's Handbook Revised

Plumber's Handbook Revised


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Plumber's Handbook Revised

By: Howard Massey & David M Gans

Explains in simple terms how to install plumbing systems that will pass inspection - the first time.

This new edition explains simply and clearly, in non-technical, everyday language, how to install all components of a plumbing system to comply not only with recent changes in the International Plumbing Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code, but with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Originally written for working plumbers to assure safe, reliable, code-compliant plumbing installations that pass inspection the first time, Plumber's Handbook, because of its readability, accuracy and clear, simple diagrams, has become the textbook of choice for numerous schools preparing plumbing students for the plumber's exams.

Now, with a set of questions for each chapter, full explanations for the answers, and with a 200-question sample exam in the back, this handbook is one of the best tools available for preparing for almost any plumbing journeyman, master or state-required plumbing contracting exam.

Recently updated to current editions of the IPC and UPC by David Gans, an experienced and certified journeyman plumber, city plumbing inspector/plans examiner as well as plumbing apprenticeship program instructor, this will be your go-to guide when you need to not only know the code requirements, but understand why they are important. This handbook effectively addresses how the two major plumbing codes accomplish the goal of safe and sanitary plumbing installations.

In this edition, to help plumbers meet the detailed requirements of the ADA, we have included the full text of Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements And Facilities from the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

The Authors:

Howard Massey, original author, was an expert on the plumbing code and plumbing principles. He was a plumbing contractor, plumbing instructor, plumbing consultant and plumbing plans examiner for Dade County, Florida, and authored several respected and still-used plumbing instruction manuals, including Basic Plumbing with Illustrations, Plumber's Exam Preparation Guide, Planning Drain, Waste & Vent Systems, and Illustrated Guide to the International Plumbing & Fuel Gas Codes.

David M. Gans, is eminently qualified to revise and bring up-to-date the work of the late Mr. Massey. He is a licensed plumber and IAPMO and ICC Certified plumbing inspector/plans examiner, certified master code professional, and currently works as a Chief Code Official in Southern California.

From his years operating his own contracting business, he understands the challenges the plumber faces in complying with new plumbing codes and standards.

Mr. Gans currently serves on IAPMO's national board of directors and has actively participated in plumbing code development as well as serving on plumbing interpretation and product-certification committees.


Chapter 1
Plumbing and the Plumber, 5
The History of Plumbing, 5

Chapter 2
Designing Drainage Systems, 7
Isometric Drawings, 7
Fixture Abbreviations, Definitions and Illustrations, 9
How to Size the Drainage System, 15
Review Questions, 30

Chapter 3
Designing Vent Systems, 33
Types of Vents, 33
Problems Created by Inadequate Venting, 37
How to Size the Vent System, 39
Special Venting Systems, 42
Vent Terminals, 49
Aggregate Cross-sectional Area Pipe, 50
Review Questions, 51

Chapter 4
Fixture Traps, 53
Building Traps, 53
Fixture Traps, 53
Review Questions, 61

Chapter 5
Cleanouts, 63
The Importance of Accessible Cleanouts, 63
Cleanout Material and Design, 67
Review Questions, 69

Chapter 6
Interceptors, Special Traps and Neutralizing Tanks, 71
Grease Interceptors, 71
Greasy Waste Systems, 76
Laundry Interceptors, 78
Gasoline, Oil and Sand Interceptors, 81
Other Types of Interceptors or Separators, 83
Review Questions, 86

Chapter 7
Indirect Waste Piping, Receptors and Special Wastes, 89
Piping Material and Sizes, 89
Types of Indirect Waste Piping, 89
Receptors, 91
Special Wastes, 92
Storm Water Drainage Systems, 94
Review Questions, 100

Chapter 8
Installation of Drainage and Vent Pipes, 103
Standards for Plumbing Materials, 103
Joints and Connections, 1l0
Installation Methods, 1l4
Review Questions, 124

Chapter 9
Septic Tanks and Drainfields, 127
Definition of the Septic Tank, 127
Septic Tank Construction, 128
Sizing Septic Tanks, 130
Installing Septic Tanks, 131
Types of Drainfields, 132
Sizing Drainfields, 134
Review Questions, 138

Chapter 10
Mobile Home and Travel Trailer Parks, 141
Toilet Facilities for Trailer Parks, 141
The Park Drainage and Vent System, 142
The Park Water Distributing System, 144
Review Questions, 146

Chapter 11
Graywater Recycling Systems for Single-Family Residences, 147
The Older Water Conservation Methods, 147
A New Water Conservation Method: Graywater Recycling, 148
Review Questions, 156

Chapter 12
Public Water Supply and Distribution Systems, 159
Water System Components, 159
Sizing the Water System, 161
Sizing the Water Service Pipe, 164
Review Questions, 168

Chapter 13
Hot Water Systems, 169
Design Objectives, 169
The Water Heater, 169
Safety Devices, 171
Energy Conservation, 174
Common Hot Water Circulating Systems, 174
Review Questions, 176

Chapter 14
Installing Water Systems, 179
Materials for Water Systems, 179
Installing Water Service Supply Pipe, 182
Installing Water Distribution Pipe, 183
Threaded Pipe, Fittings and Valves, 185
Review Questions, 190

Chapter 15
Private Water Supply Wells, 193
Well Water, 193
Well Installation, 194
Suction Lines, 195
Pressure Tanks, 197
Review Questions, 200

Chapter 16
Fire Protection, 201
Standpipe Systems, 201
Combined and Automatic Sprinkler Systems, 207
Review Questions, 210

Chapter 17
Swimming Pools and Spas, 213
Swimming Pools, 213
Spas, 218
Review Questions, 220

Chapter 18
Harnessing Solar Energy, 223
Domestic Hot Water Heating, 223
The Solar Collector, 224
Water Circulation, 227
Solar Storage Tanks, 231
Troubleshooting Guides, 232
Review Questions, 234

Chapter 19
Gas Systems, 237
Kinds of Gas, 237
Gas Piping and the Plumber, 238
Sizing Gas Systems, 238
Residential Gas Sizing Example, 240
Review Questions, 242

Chapter 20
Materials and Installation Methods for Gas Systems, 243
Materials, 243
Installing Gas Piping, 244
Review Questions, 250

Chapter 21
Plumbing Fixtures, 253
Installing Plumbing Fixtures, 253
Plumbing Fixture Clearances, 259
Fixtures for the Handicapped, 261
Minimum Fixture Requirements, 261
Roughing-In, 265
Review Questions, 273

Answers to Review Questions, 275
Practice Plumber's Exam, 321
Examination Answer Key, 338
Definitions and Abbreviations, 339
Index, 347

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


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