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Plumbing

Plumbing has become less of a skill - plastic pipe replaces the need to bend copper pipe and push-fit fittings avoid soldering. However, knowing how domestic plumbing works and what materials to use is still very important.
Plumbing is governed by bylaws. These are aimed mainly at preventing wastage and contamination of water. More detail of these can be found in the regulations topic.

Good planning is essential. Try to plan any job that involves turning the water off, so that the water can be turned on to the rest of the house as soon as possible. Make sure the bathroom is not out of commission for too long and be certain there is sufficient water for a cup of tea.

Plan of plumbing systems

Domestic | Central heating

Stop cocks

Finding the stop cock

Tools

Blow lamp

Water supply

Turning off cold water supply | Turning off hot water supply

Valves

Service valves and gate valves

Waste system

Pipe sizes | Running pipes | Unblocking pipes

Waste traps

Types | Unblocking

Drains

Inspection chambers | Unblocking drains

Rainwater gullies

Cleaning gutters | Unblocking down pipes

Water pipes

Joining copper | Joining plastic | Joining to lead

Taps

Bath | Wash basin | Bath | Kitchen sink | Outside

Showers

Shower choice chart

Lavatories

Types of pan | Connecting to waste | Types of cistern | Float valves

Bidets

Bidet

Bleeding radiators

Thermostatic radiator valves TRVs


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