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TitlePlumbing Do-It-Yourself for Dummies (ISBN - 0470173440)
TagsFor Dummies
LanguageEnglish
File Size11.2 MB
Total Pages194
Table of Contents
                            Do-it Yourself Plumbing For Dummies
	About the Author
	Dedication
	Author’s Acknowledgments
	Table of Contents
	Introduction
		About This Book
		Conventions Used in This Book
		Foolish Assumptions
		How This Book Is Organized
		Icons Used in This Book
		Where to Go from Here
	Part I:  Getting to Know Your Plumbing System
		Chapter 1: Understanding Plumbing
			Establishing Your Plumbing Limits
			Ensuring Successful Plumbing Adventures
			The Residential Plumbing System
		Chapter 2: Fetch Me My Pipe and Fittings!
			Pipes
			Supply Tubes
			Supply Fittings
			Drain and Vent Fittings
		Chapter 3: Getting the 411 on Codes and Requirements
			Common Code Requirements
			Getting Permission — and the Inspector’s Blessing!
		Chapter 4: Filling Your Plumbing Toolbox
			Tools, Tools, and More Tools
			Stocking Up on Safety Equipment — and Using It
	Part II: Faucets and Sinks
		Cleaning a Faucet Aerator and Sink Sprayer
		Repairing a Leaky Rotary Ball Faucet
		Repairing a Leaky Cartridge Filter Faucet
		Repairing a Leaky Ceramic Disk Faucet
		Repairing a Leaky Compression Faucet
		Repairing a Leaky Two-Handle Faucet Spout
		Caulking around a Sink Bowl
		Replacing a Leaky Sink Basket
		Replacing a Sink Trap
		Replacing a Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink Drain
		Replacing a Bathroom Sink Drain
		Adjusting a Pop-Up Drain
		Unclogging Sink Drains
		Soldering Copper Pipe
	Part III: Tubs and Showers
		Caulking the Tub, Tile, and Fixtures
		Replacing a Tub Spout
		Replacing a Showerhead
		Repairing a Tub and Shower Compression Faucet
		Repairing a Cartridge Shower Faucet
		Repairing a Disk Shower Faucet
		Repairing a Cartridge/Seat-Spring Faucet
		Adjusting a Tub Drain
		Unclogging Tub and Shower Drains
	Part IV: Toilets
		Checking a Toilet for Leaks
		Replacing a Fill Valve
		Replacing a Flush Valve
		Replacing a Flapper
		Adjusting the Tank’s Water Level
		Repairing a Leaky Tank
		Repairing a Leaky Bowl
		Stopping a Tank from Sweating
		Replacing a Toilet Seat
		Unclogging a Toilet with a Plunger
		Clearing a Clog with a Closet Auger
	Part V: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 5: Ten Tips for Plumbing Success
			Try Simple Solutions First
			Work During Store Hours
			Plan, Plan, Plan
			Know Your Home
			Don’t Forget the Codes
			Don’t Be a Cheapskate
			Have the Right Tools
			Ask for Advice
			Know When to Call a Pro
			Don’t Procrastinate
		Chapter 6: Ten Tips for Dealing with Problematic Pipes
			Noisy Pipes
			Sweating Pipes
			Frozen or Leaking Pipes
		Chapter 7: Ten Safety Considerations
			Think about Safety Before Anything Else
			Don’t Get Zapped
			Have Emergency Numbers Handy
			Chill
			Practice
			Protect Your Eyes
			Protect Your Ears
			Protect Your Hands
			Protect Your Lungs
			Use the Right Tools
	Index
                        
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Plumbing
FOR

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DO-IT-YOURSE
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by Donald R. Prestly

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79Caulking the Tub, Tile, and Fixtures

Caulking the Tub, Tile, and Fixtures

Toolbox:
� Caulk gun

Materials:
� Tub-and-tile caulk

Time Needed:
Less than an hour

Stuff You
Need to Know

Sealing the joints between a tub, tile, and fixtures is a critical step that
many folks overlook. And it’s so easy to do! It’s important to use caulk
engineered for use in high-moisture areas such as the bathroom. Tub-
and-tile caulk contains silicone, which makes it long-lasting, flexible,
and effective at sealing out moisture under direct water contact. Most
people use white caulk, but if you don’t want to be left with a bright
white line, opt for clear caulk. Just don’t be surprised when your clear
caulk comes out of the tube white — it turns clear as it dries and cures!

1. Apply caulk to the joint between the edge of
the tub and the wall tile. Even though most
tubs have a lip along the edges that meet the
wall, it’s important to seal the joint to pre-
vent water from wicking up behind the tile to
the backerboard.

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3. If the bead of caulk isn’t smooth enough to
your liking, dip your finger in water and
gently run your fingertip along the caulk bead
to smooth it. Keep a paper towel handy to
wipe off any excess caulk from your fingertip
as you’re smoothing.

2. Apply a bead of caulk around the joint
between the tub spout and tile. Rotate the
caulk tube in the gun so that you can apply
caulk to the underside of the spout joint.

Part III: Tubs and Showers 80

It takes practice to squeeze out a smooth bead of caulk from a caulk gun. You may want to practice on a piece
of cardboard before working on your tub.

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