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"Which?" Book of Plumbing and Central Heating ("Which?" Consumer Guides) [Paperback]

David Holloway
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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27 April 2000 "Which?" Consumer Guides
This is a guide to domestic plumbing and central heating, with advice on tools and materials and complete instructions for everything from plumbing in a washing machine, a power shower or a water softener, to installing your own central heating. A list of specialist suppliers is included.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; 6th Revised edition edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852027648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852027646
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
When looking to upgrade my heating to a Combi-boiler system with instant hot water. I was looking for a book like this for weeks, I have read other titles, not mentioning any names. I have now completed my goal, not bad for a novice DIYer. Excellent book for plumbing, invaluable for central heating. Jas, Birmingham, England.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but dated. 24 Feb 2001
By A Customer
I had to send this back, because it's essentially identical to the 1990 edition which I had already. So, for example, no mention of replacement ceramic mechanisms for conventional taps. With increased emphasis on energy saving in the last 10 years, I was also looking for objective assessment of the merits of CH features like optimum start and boiler compensation - but the CH control system section had actually got less thorough. One of the bugbears of this industry is the very slow dissemination of technical innovation; often the excuse is "there's no call for it". Through books like this, Which? should be countering this attitude by helping create more demanding and knowledgable consumers. This may still be one of the better DIY books on this subject, but Which? should give it much more thorough and frequent overhaul.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Choose again 6 Aug 2002
I'm going to send this book back. Its very dated and makes virtually no reference to combi boilers or and instant hot water systems. Most annoyingly, it has no section discussing how to change from an older style hotwater and heating system to a combi boiler.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the CH d-i-y-er 24 Jan 2004
By AndrewL94 VINE VOICE
Dear Which
Please re-issue this book with a new section on combi boilers.
This book is now hard-to-get, but is invaluable for the really detailed practical guidance on installing your own CH. Thus saving yourself at least 1k & doing a better job than the professionals. It's the only printed source I've found for calculating heatloss. The more general books simply don't have enough detail. If you follow its advice to the letter, you're unlikely to go wrong. I know, I've just done it.
Get yourself a used copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good 22 Jun 2013
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this book has everything you need to know and is very easy to understand. my partner has answered alot of questions in his course work with this
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