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Plumbing Do-It-Yourself for Dummies
Step-By-Step Guide to Household Plumbing Repairs and Plumbing Projects

By Donald R. Prestly

Save Time, Money and Frustration on Plumbing Repairs and Plumbing Projects

Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For DummiesWant to save time, money, and frustration on plumbing repair and replacement? Do it yourself! Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies turns even the most daunting household plumbing project into a simple, step-by-step process that delivers professional-quality results at a fraction of what you'd have to pay a plumber—and you won't have to wait weeks for an appointment.

From fixing leaks and drips to caulking a tub or shower, to replacing a faucet, you'll discover how to tackle 40 of the most common plumbing jobs in your home. Easy-to-follow, detailed instructions and hundreds of photos and illustrations guide you through each task. And, you'll even discover what surprises to expect and how to prepare for them. This user-friendly guide delivers all the help you need to:

  • Understand your home's plumbing system
  • Comply with local plumbing codes
  • Fill your plumbing toolbox—including safety equipment
  • Organize, plan, and prepare for your plumbing job
  • Repair and upgrade faucets of all kinds
  • Unclog drains, traps, and toilets
  • Replace toilet parts and fix leaky tanks and bowls
  • Stop toilet tanks from sweating
  • Deal with noisy, sweaty, and frozen pipes
  • Replace a dishwasher or garbage disposal

Complete with a helpful primer on choosing the right pipes and fittings for your project and understanding your home's supply and drain-waste-vent systems, Plumbing Do-It-Yourself for Dummies is the one tool you must have before starting any household plumbing project.

About the Author:

Donald R. Prestly is a former Senior Editor for HANDY Magazine for The Handyman Club of America as well as a former Associate Editor for The Family Handyman Magazine. In addition to nearly 20 years of writing and doing home improvement projects, he spent several years as a manager for one of the Midwest’s largest home centers. Throw in the everyday upkeep requirements of being a homeowner, dealing with the same problems and repairs as other homeowners, and it’s clear that he has the background and expertise to help do-it-yourselfers tackle home plumbing repairs. Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is Don’s second For Dummies book; he’s also the author of Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies.

Table of Contents: Read The Table of Contents (PDF)


Part I: Zoning In on the Scope of the Project.

Chapter 1: Envisioning the Big Picture.

Chapter 2: Planning Your Kitchen.

Chapter 3: Establishing a Budget and Sticking to It!

Chapter 4: Bringin’ In the Big Guns or Doin’ It Solo.

Part II: Gettin’ Down and Dirty: Preparing Your Kitchen for Greatness.

Chapter 5: You Can’t Have Tool Much of a Good Thing.

Chapter 6: Getting Your Kitchen Ready for Construction.

Chapter 7: Evaluating Your Plumbing, Electrical, and Ventilation Systems.

Part III: Selecting and Installing Cabinets and Countertops.

Chapter 8: Your Old Cabinets: Spruce ’em Up or Scrap ’em?

Chapter 9: Making Old Mother Hubbard Proud: Putting New Cabinets Up.

Chapter 10: Considering Creative Countertop Options.

Chapter 11: Making Sure Your Countertops Are Level.

Part IV: Selecting and Installing Sinks, Faucets, Appliances, and More.

Chapter 12: “Pouring” Over the Choices for Sinks and Faucets.

Chapter 13: No Runs, Drips, or Leaks: The Right Way to Install Your New Sink and Faucet.

Chapter 14: Appliance Appreciation: Choosing the Right Ones.

Chapter 15: Fridges, Ranges, Disposers, and More: Installing Appliances.

Part V: Adding the Final Touches: Walls, Windows, Floors, and More.

Chapter 16: Illuminating Your Kitchen Lighting Options.

Chapter 17: Lighting the Way: Installing Lights and Windows.

Chapter 18: Walls That Wow: Selecting Elements for Your Walls.

Chapter 19: Preparation for Wall Transformation.

Chapter 20: Floors: Stepping Out with Style.

Chapter 21: Installing Your New Kitchen Floor.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Critical Design Issues.

Chapter 23: Ten Hot Trends in Kitchen Design.

Chapter 24: Ten Easy Kitchen Upgrades.

Index. Read The Index (PDF)


Soft-cover, 170 pages
Published 2007

ISBN: 978-0-470-17344-2

Plumbing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies - For Dummies - JW-0470173440 - ISBN: 0470173440 - ISBN-13: 9780470173442
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