You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Rock Springs -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
A plumber is a person that specializes in the installation and maintenance of potable drinking water, drainage, and sewage systems. It is a skilled trade that involves working with pipes, plumbing fixtures, and tubing. Some of the main devices worked on by plumbers include water heaters, humidifiers, toilets, ice machines, utility and kitchen sinks, drinking fountains, urinals, bidets, water fountains, bathtubs, and showers.
Part of the job includes reading drawings and blueprints in order to determine the layout of water supply systems, as well as systems for venting and waste. Another large part of plumbing is the installation, repair, and maintenance of domestic, industrial, and commercial plumbing systems.
Plumbers must be able to test pipes for leaks and be knowledgeable of pipe connections, fixtures in walls and floors, and passage holes. Measuring, bending, cutting, and threading pipes with power tools, machines, and other hand tools is required as well.
People that are interested in becoming plumbers should first complete high school and take any vocational courses if offered, such as plumbing or blueprint reading. Check for local opportunities in the local area and search the Internet for information on the current field. If joining the local plumbers union, there is a four-year apprenticeship involving 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 200 hours of class work that must be completed. Another option is to attend a trade school, many of which have job-placement services for their students. It is also possible to get hired by small, local plumbing contractors for assistant or apprenticeship positions. Above all, investigate and know the licensing requirements for plumbers.
The Importance of a Well-Designed Plumbing System
People often have questions about installing CPVC pipe. They need new water lines and want to know if CPVC pipe is a good choice. Many want to know if it is really as easy to install CPVC plumbing as it looks. I mean, it requires no special tools and is really easy to put it together. You just glue it together, what could be easier?
Like most things in life, it's not quite that simple. The truth is, CPVC pipe is a perfectly good product and can be an excellent choice for water pipes, but you do need to know a few things to do it right. For starters, you need to be able to properly size the pipe in your system and you need to be able to design the piping layout efficiently. There are also some things you need to know about CPVC piping installations in particular.
Here are a few tips to help you get a good system.
Strap It Right
Strap CPVC every 4' horizontally and at least once between the floor and ceiling vertically. Use plastic support hooks and get the kind that hold the pipe a little off of the wood. CPVC expands and contracts like all plastic pipe and if it is fastened too tightly against the framing it can make a lot of popping and squeaking noises as time goes on.
Stay Away From Heat Sources
Don't run CPVC pipes too close to heat sources, such as can lights or flue vents. A good rule of thumb is to stay at least 12" away from these kinds of things.
Check All Products For Compatibility
Last of all make sure that any pipe dope or other chemicals that come into contact with any part of the piping system are approved and listed as safe for CPVC. Some chemicals can have a damaging effect on the plastic pipe, causing failures months and even years later. That doesn't mean CPVC is not a good product, just pay attention to what you use with it.
These tips should help your next CPVC project be a success!
Copyright 2008 Bryan Stevens
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