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
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
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
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
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
Chapter 10: Considering Creative Countertop Options.
Chapter 11: Making Sure Your Countertops Are Level.
Part IV: Selecting and Installing Sinks, Faucets, Appliances,
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
Part V: Adding the Final Touches: Walls, Windows, Floors, and
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)