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The Complete Guide to Plumbing (Black & Decker) [Paperback]

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1 July 2008 Black & Decker
Fresher and more complete than ever, this edition includes new material and revised information and is completely current with the 2006 Universal Plumbing Code. From basic repairs to advanced renovations, this is the only plumbing reference book a homeowner needs. And now, for the first time, Black & Decker® The Complete Guide to Plumbing includes a comprehensive section on working with gas pipe. No other big book of plumbing for DIYers covers this important subject. Also new to this 4th edition is expansive coverage of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), the bendable supply tubing that s taking over a major portion of the DIY market. And with the current popularity of outdoor kitchens, we ve expanded our coverage of outdoor plumbing as well. Now, we ll show you every step of the process to supply and drain an outdoor sink.

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Every collection needs good, basic books on home plumbing. This new edition of a standarad title covers modern materials and codes and offers a new section on gas pipes but otherwise contains the same text and same illustrations as previous editions...Though it covers familiar territory, it does so quite well.The illlustrations are clear and nively placed, and the text as a whole compares favourably with other plumbing guides. recommended where needed. --Library Journal, September 2008

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The editors of Creative Publishing International have created more than 30 best-selling classics on home repair and remodelling. All books are researched, written, and edited by professionals with years of experience.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Plumbing Text 25 Feb 2009
By D. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book provides good information for basic plumbing situations. I bought the book because it supposedly had information regarding PEX; however, it is minimal at best and provides no real useful insight. Buy it for the basic plumbing guidelines but do not buy it for PEX or gas line information. If you do, you will be disappointed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby 30 Mar 2009
By Philosophical individual - Published on Amazon.com
I am a real plumber, and I bought this as a bit of a reference guide. For the beginner or the DYI at home person that does not know much its a awesome book. A lot of pictures and a lot of instruction on how to do this and that. For me I was really hoping that it would have had a lot more plumbing codes(a section would of been nice). Also I think a reference section on pipes and their relevant information(how often you have to brace them,and so forth)could of been touched on more.

Also I don't also recall it telling some plumbing no-no's which is bad for the home DYI'er such as galvanic corrosion and such. I think more mentions of these would have been helpful for letting a non-mechanically and knowledgeable individual from making costly future mistakes.

But for the amount of colorful pictures and explanations, I think it is a fabulous book, but if your an actual plumber, I think it could only be used as a slight reference.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Complete guide to plumbing. 10 Jun 2013
By Chad from NY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book is vague and covers its topics very fast and incomplete. I knew the most the things that's listed in this book.. on page 58 instead of instructing how to install a drain pipe the book tells you if your not experienced with plumbing to hire a plumber, the books title is the complete guide to plumbing! Black decker failed on this book. I'm not sure if I can return it, but if I can ill save the 19 dollars. If your looking for codes the book only has two pages on it and its not much info, tells you to go to your local inspector to check the codes for 19 dollars you could make the phone call and get the info you need. I liked many other books from black and decker, but this was not very useful to me anyways. I bought this based on good reviews, Also if your looking for info on Pex plumbing this book does not have the cinch rings they use today it does show you some on the crimp style go/no go way..
This book could have been better.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Next to useless 26 Feb 2013
By James Sexton - Published on Amazon.com
OK, I'm sorry, but this book is horrid. If you didn't have the internet, then fine, it would be better than nothing, but if you DO have an internet connection and a computer with a web browser, the instructions and general information that you can find online will be more or less as good as what you find in this book (or in many cases, not as good). That is to say, not great and most often inapplicable. If you're doing your own plumbing it's almost certainly not because you have a brand new, up to date house. And it's as often as not repair or replacement of an existing item--perhaps a new p trap, perhaps a new faucet, perhaps a repair of a toilet or clogged drain. Pictures of the simple, straightforward situation, and simplistic step by step "instructions" are of limited usefulness to anyone who already has some common sense and mechanical and DIY aptitude.

So, what you would look for in a helpful book on plumbing--or what I was looking for--was something BEYOND this, something more in depth. I want to know some of the more likely variations I might see--in any old house, for example. I want a good section on the best tool set to get you started, along with rules of thumb and tips for using those tools. I want a section which takes you through the basics of threaded pipe assembly, teflon tape, thread sealant--and not in a stupid "use teflon tape" statement inside a single step of the instructions! HOW MUCH tape? What's the best way to handle it? Should you cut it? Should you pull it to break it off? Should you use tape AND sealant? What is the difference between soft set and hard set sealant? And how about some recommendations for when to use which type? What are the most useful sizes of pipe wrench to own for the average homeowner? How tight do you tighten various fittings? Should you use 3/8 copper flexible tube and compression fittings to install your faucet, or are braided hoses with gaskets the better, easier way to go?

I could go on and on about all that is MISSING from this book!

I just recently replaced the drain and p-trap in my upstairs sink, for example. I read the relevant material in this book and bought the parts I was going to need. Now, of course, very little went as the instructions went! I knew this would be the case, of course, but this is my point. I won't go into all the gory details, but the most important, and difficult sticking point was that the outlet of the old p-trap did NOT have a compression nut on it. Instead, it screwed into 1 1/4 DWV. And, to make matters worse, the pipe itself freaking just disintegrated when I tried to turn it out of the DWV elbow female threaded fitting, and left behind a VERY substantial male threaded ring stuck inside the fitting. It took me 2 hours to get the stupid thing out. I didn't want to damage the elbow, as it was sweated onto the drain-waste-vent line and was right against the back wall of the bathroom. But I had to get the ring out. I cut it in three or four places with a jab saw with a metal cutting sawzall blade installed, being very careful not to cut too far, and banged it inwards with a mallet and screwdriver until I destroyed the integrity of the ring and broke it at one of the cuts. Once that was done, it turned out very easily by hand. But now what? I didn't know. So I went to the local Home Depot and fortunately found someone who worked there who knew exactly what I was talking about and what I needed and sold me a nipple that threaded into the DWV elbow and into which the p-trap outlet fit and onto which the compression nut threaded.

There is absolutely NOTHING in this book to help you in REAL WORLD plumbing situations. If you tackle a project, it's rather unlikely it will resemble the pictures and steps in this book. I understand that a book can't cover every scenario. Fine. But you'd expect good general advice about the many SITUATIONS you will almost certainly run into. More than one plumber I've talked to has mentioned the strategy of cutting a stuck male fitting, or breaking one. This book says nothing. Nor does it do very well with explaining what all the conventions and acronyms mean.

I don't know what else to suggest as an alternative--I'm in the process of researching that--but this book is lousy. Horrid. Very disappointing. A waste of money. Really. Next to useless.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Gas Pipe Articles is Lame 4 Feb 2010
By DJD - Published on Amazon.com
I got this book after reading they had added a black pipe chapter to the book. The book discusses black pipe for something like a total of 4 pages in total. The book does come with a pdf version which is great for looking up things while I am on the computer. Overall a good book but again not super detailed. There are very few code explanations given especially for the gas pipe pages.
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