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  • Taunton's For Pros By Pros: Plumbing

You never know what you'll encounter during a remodel, so you have to be prepared to work around problems when they inevitably arise. In Remodel Plumbing, third-generation master plumber Rex Cauldwell provides real-world problems and solutions that you can use to figure out problems on your own jobs.

This book covers the full range of pipe types you'll likely encounter on a remodel job, including steel, copper, PB, CPVC, and PEX. You won't just learn how to install them, but how to tie them into existing systems. This complete guide explains:

  • The water supply system
  • Tapping into supply lines
  • Adding/running drains and vents
  • Remodeling kitchens and baths
  • Installing a dishwasher
  • Plumbing in an icemaker
  • Converting a tub-only faucet to a tub/shower
  • Installing a toilet in a basement
Additional Information
About No
Issue Number No
Cover 138
Publication Year 2007
Other Formats 77729
Isbn 978-1-56158-817-6
Author Rex Cauldwell
Dimensions 9-3/16 x 10-7/8
Pages 256
Format Paperback

Overview, What the Book Covers
Logical Layout
Safety Issues
Working with
Working with Other Tradesmen
Learning from Mistakes
In Conclusion

Wells and Pumps
Wells and Well Drillers
Pressure Tanks
Pressure Switches
Pitching a Water Service Pipe
Drilling the Well Casing
Installing a Pitless Adaptor
Installing a Watertight Well Cap
Picking a Submersible Pump
Putting the Pump in the Well 
Jet Pumps
Extending the Casing Out of the Ground  

Utility Water
Water Meters
Massive Water Users|
Service Pipe
Sleeving the Pipe
Boosting the Water Pressure 

Working with In-House Pipe
In-house Pipe Choices
Working with Copper 
Working with CPVC
Working with PEX
Working with PB
Universal Fittings 

Hot Water
Tankless (Demand) Heaters
Gas or Electric?
T&P Valves
Anode Rods
Drain Valves
The Ultimate Water Heater
Hot Water Recirculating Systems
Plastic Adapters
Dip Tubes

Drain and Vent Rough In
Plastic Drain Pipe
Plastic Fittings
Cast Iron
Fixture Layout
Drain Stub-Out
Running the Lines
Gluing a Run of Pipe 

Pressure Pipe Rough In
Picking a Distribution System
Stubbing Down
Running the Lines
Pipe Supports
Stubbing Out
Showers, Washers, and Refrigerators 

Finish Plumbing
Kitchen Drains
Kitchen Sinks
Whirlpool Tubs
Grab Bars
Cabinet-Style Vanities|
Thinking Outside the Vanity
Vessel Sinks
Vessel Faucets

Appendix A: Tools
Cordless Tools
Corded Tools
Extension Cords
Marking Your Tools

Appendix B: Alternate Connection Systems
The NVent/Permalynx System
Watts Radiant Clinch Clamp

Appendix C: Charts and Tables
Pump Tables
DFU Charts

Appendix D: Codes
Plumbing Code Reference

Appendix E: The Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines

Intro I am a third-generation plumber. I learned the trade from my uncle Bud, who in turn was taught by his father. I remember Uncle Bud telling me that I should be paying him for all the experience I was getting (at that time I was making 25΢ cents an hour). And he was right.

Remodeling work requires a special kind of thinking. When I was working with Uncle Bud, he taught me to think ahead and figure out what problems he was going to encounter so that I could have a specific tool waiting for him when he needed it. I was to plop the tool in his hand without him asking for it. Though I didn't know it then, such thinking was to become an invaluable aid when I became a master plumber doing my own remodeling work.

In remodeling work, there is no straight-line thinking. Simply put, things normally do not work out as originally planned. You never know what you will come across, and you have to be able to work around problems. Throughout this book, I've presented problems and then given solutions so help you can create, within yourself, a logical thinking procedure that can pull you through when you come across a tricky situation.

Many books cover only copper or just plastic. Not so here. This book treats the complete range of water supply lines you will likely encounter on a remodel job: galvanized, copper, PB, CPVC, and PEX. You will learn not just how to install them but how to tie them into an existing system.

Many times I am asked which pipe is best. I will not tell you which is best because, if installed properly, any pipe system will work just fine. Instead, I list all the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make up your own mind. I also show you how to work with these types of pipes, illustrating shortcuts and tools you may not know about. And then I show you how to interface the pipe into different sorts of plumbing pipe systems. I cover drain lines extensively, showing you how to install new lines and tie into old systems.

Once you've digested all there is to know about pipe and fittings, I focus on actual remodel jobs. These are not projects created in a showroom or just for a photo shoot. These are actual plumbing remodel projects. From these real-life work situations, you'll gain knowledge and experience that you can take to your job to get it done faster and better.

Who needs this book? Anyone, pro or novice, who does plumbing work. If you are doing a plumbing job, whether brand new or a simple add-on, it is always a good idea to know all about the different types of pipe, their advantages and disadvantages, and to have a stockpile of a variety of solutions that have come down the pike. And this book doesn't provide just my own solutions and knowledge but that from two generations previous, passed along from my uncle and grandfather. Take this information, add to it, and share it with me in an e-mail ( I would love to hear from you.

Taunton's For Pros By Pros: Plumbing

  • by Rex Cauldwell
  • Paperback
  • Product Code: TP-FHB72070867
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