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Plumbing and Central Heating (Crowood Diy Guides) [Paperback]

Mike Lawrence
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24 Jun 1991 Crowood Diy Guides
From the CROWOOD DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDES, advice and information on plumbing from simple repairs to home improvements.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; Reprinted edition edition (24 Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852235152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852235154
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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113 of 113 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Dated and too basic. 8 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I am completely replacing the plumbing system in my house, installing new bathrooms, showers and hot and cold water tanks. I bought this book as my guide. I was disappointed to find sections stating that a professional plumber should undertake certain tasks e.g. installing more than the most basic shower systems.
Great for the real basics, repairing leaks, running pipes etc. but the overview of how plumbing systems should be set up is a simple description of what you may find, not a comprehensive explanation of how to understand, plan and install the most effective plumbing systems.
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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FOR THE BASICS 5 July 2001
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book would have been better titled if it did not mention central heating. I found it contained all the real basics of pluming, but what i wanted was a book that would help me install my own central heating and work out the system etc. This book seems more aimed at the absolute beginer.
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133 of 134 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title, not enought details 17 Mar 2003
By Ray
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book to help sort out my central heating problems, mainly on how to flush it out. I hoped to find all the information I need in printed form that I can read anywhere.
The 2 star rating because I feel the book has a misleading title, namely the "& Central Heating" bit, for it puts very little emphasis on central heating. This is a predominately a general plumbing maintenance book. I am tempted to give it only 1 star, but it might be unfair since it is not totally useless.
There is only one short paragraph outlining the difference between a combi boilder and a condensing boilder, no mention of open vent vs closed vented central heating, Y-plan scheme vs S plan or W plan etc etc are all missing. One cannot start to understand an existing central heating system from this book, let alone trying to upgrade or maintain it.
There are more detailed information available in various free diy websites, just they require time and effort to search and filter through.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its The Basics 28 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
I've been in the building trade for 20 years and I have my city and guilds advanced in two trades plus I am a trained assessor and verifier. However I do beleive the old school qualifications are far better than those today as I meet so many so called NVQ advanced tradesmen that have not got a clue.

Anyhoots I think some of the reviews are totally unfair here for what the book is meant to be. Its the basics. I dont have this version. I have the 1991 version and I find it is just brilliant. Plumbing a home can be taught in 1 to 2 weeks max its so easy it hurts! That though is not the trade, the trade involves large scale developments, but the plumbing needs for a home are simple. The good thing about this book is it gives the basics. IE how to fit a rad, fit a bathroom suite and even a basic gravity fed system. Plus in my version I dont see no errors that are dangerous! This book is a great first book - if your wishing to design a complicated heating system then this is not for you. If yyou wish to fit taps, bathrooms, outdoor taps, run some new pipe, conduct maintanence and even fit a basic gravity fed system then this book is for you. But if like me you just fitted a multifuel burner gravity fed system with solar heater backup all running to a thermal store with solar PV running all electrics off grid and a neutraliser fitted to allow a gas boiler to be fitted as back up energy errrrrr then this book will not have all that info. For any novice this is a good buy and it is one book I will never part with. Hope it helps Phil ;-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion book 7 May 2007
By C. Webb
Format:Hardcover
I am a time served qualified plumber and oil heating engineer with over 20 years experience in the industry. This book is concise and objective for all those wishing to learn the craft of plumbing. I believe others imagine this book to be a 'quick fix' guide to plumbing. Like with any other profession, experience over time is the most valuable training tool and excellent books such as this one just accompany that experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful and complete 27 May 2013
By Davide
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is complete about basics, lot of usefull informations. Missed a better detailled description of the modern push fitting system.
Planning is not supported at best: missed to remember outlets for overflow in WC, condesning in combi boiler, how to calculate gradients in all the drain system.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Plumbing and central heating book
The plumbing and central heating book I ordered came 3 days ahead of forecast. The book is an absolute god-send for anyone about to tackle the unknown in plumbing.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ken Haughey
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book may be helpful for those who know nothing at all about plumbing and heating, and want a well-illustrated "beginner's guide". Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by mikel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
A very easy to read and understand book. Bought as a stand by for my husband who's just completed a plumbing course. Even I could follow the directions...great buy!
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by B. Neil
1.0 out of 5 stars well out of date
I bought this hoping it would be a serious book on plumbing, but in fact it's very lightweight, and even suggests calling in "professionals" in some places. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by NeilK
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought to save some money, but no use to me.
I had hoped to be able to do my own plumbing using this book. But the drawings are not detailed enough, in fact if one was to use the drawings it could be dangerious, there is... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2006 by Phillip Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent value?
Plumbing can be easy!Of course it can if you have the know how?with this book and simple diagrams and clear pictures you cannot go wrong with the right tools and preperation as the... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2001 by kevinembleton@hotmail.com
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