Master Basic Plumbing And Central Heating: A quick guide to plumbing and heating jobs, including basic emergency repairs

Master Basic Plumbing And Central Heating: A quick guide to plumbing and heating jobs, including basic emergency repairs

by Roy Treloar

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This guide to the basics of plumbing and central heating is designed for complete amateurs, and written by one of the most experienced plumbing tutors in the country.

Whether you are attempting projects such as installing a new bathroom or plumbing in a new dishwasher, or just need to understand enough to do essential repairs and fixes, this is the book for you. It includes step-by-step guides to sorting out the most common plumbing problems, and comprehensive coverage of the key tasks, all based on a straightforward introduction to the layout of your house and water system. In addition, it has plenty of illustrations, a full glossary, a whole chapter on how and who to call for help, a guide to the necessary toolkit and a list of the top ten plumbing emergencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444129090
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 03/26/2010
Series: Teach Yourself General
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 23 MB
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About the Author

Roy Treloar is a former plumber, qualified electrical and heating engineer and full-time tutor and course manager at the Colchester Institute. He taught plumbing for over 20 years, and is the author of the leading textbooks for trainees.

Table of Contents

Meet the author ix

Introduction xi

The ten most common plumbing problems

Your safety checklist

1 The plumbing in your home 1

Incoming cold water supply

Cold supply inside the dwelling

The storage cistern

The toilet-flushing cistern

Hard and soft water

Water softeners and water conditioners

The above-ground drainage system

The below-ground drainage system

The equipotentiat earth bond

2 Hot water in your home 41

Gas installations Oil installations

Flues and ventilation for gas- and oil-burning appliances

The hot water supply

Hot water storage systems

Direct systems of hot water supply

Indirect systems of hot water supply

Instantaneous systems of hot water supply

Thermal storage systems

Choosing a new domestic hot water supply

3 Domestic central heating 73

Types of central heating system

Radiant heating

Central heating using radiators

Micro-bore systems

Radiators and heat emitters

Radiator valves

The boiler

Heating controls

Protecting heating systems

4 Emergencies and contingency work 1 107

Turning off the water supply

Draining down the water supply

Draining down the central heating

A dripping tap

Water leaking from the body of a tap

Lack of water flow from a tap

Toilet will not flush

Water continuously discharges into the pan

Toilet or storage cistern overflowing

Toilet leaking when flushed

5 Emergencies and contingency work 2 147

Burst pipes

Noises from pipework

Hot water problems

Blockages in the waste-water pipework

Smell of gas or fumes

6 Plumbing processes 173


Pipework used for water supplies

Copper pipework and fittings

Bending copper tube

Plastic pipework and fittings

Specialist plumbing tools

Concealing your pipework

7 Ancillary works and maintenance 201

Employing a qualified professional

Gas or oil boiler maintenance

Gas fire maintenance

General plumbing maintenance

8 Undertaking small plumbing projects 213

Preparation and first principles

Installing a washing machine or dishwasher

Installing a water softener

Making a connection to the soil pipe

Installing an outside tap

Removing a radiator to decorate behind it

Repairing the water supply main

Replacing the water supply main

Installing a new storage cistern

Replacing a faulty immersion heater

Insulating pipes against freezing

Installing guttering and rainwater pipes

Installing a new WC suite

Installing new sink, basin or bath taps

Installing a new sink, basin or bath

Installing a shower cubicle

Replacing a shower booster pump

Appendix 1 Legislation 257

Work requiring notification under local building control

Work to which Gas Regulations apply

Work to which Water Regulations apply

The professional plumber

Appendix 2 Glossary 265

Appendix 3 Taking it further 275

Further reading

Plumbing trade and professional bodies

Index 277

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