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Plumber's Handbook by Howard C. Massey Plumber's Handbook
by Howard C. Massey

Paperback: 352 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 10.86 x 8.42
Publisher: Craftsman Book Co; Revised edition (May 1998)
ISBN: 1572180560

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Customer Reviews
Not the book if you are plumbing your own house, March 3, 2003
Reviewer: justanobuddy from Groton, CT United States
I'm building my own house and bought this book as a plumbing reference. It has pretty much sat on the shelf. It is more oriented toward the full time plumber who is doing multiple types of jobs. Too much time spent on the many fascets of plumbing and too little time spent on how it applies to doing a residential job.

Instead I'd recommend "Complete Home Plumbing" by Sunset books. That book has been my first read when a question comes up.

A plumbing detail lover's dream, October 5, 2001
Reviewer: John P. Callan from Portland, Oregon, USA
I'm a man the thrives on detailed information. And I salute this Howard Massey for producing this first-rate plumbing book! Beware, this is not a book for weekend Joe looking to learn how to replace a faucet washer. Even if your not in the plumbing trade, but are serious about learning to understand and design plumbing service for your home or business, you have found the book you want.

So many technical books paint their subject with such broad brush strokes that, after reading the book, the reader is left to discover for themselves (as in "the hard way") what necessary detail was omitted. Not this book. It's complete, well organized, well indexed, and riddled with excellent photographs and illustrations.

While the book is entirely in in black and white, the author very effectively used an artist with a computer to expertly draw most of the illustrations. The fidelity of the graphics is worthy of a graphic arts how-to book.

To give you a sense of how thorough and complete this book is, I'll describe the problem I recently used it to understand and solve. A family friend, who is a veterinarian, recently mortgaged everything to buy her own animal hospital. As soon as she bought is the drains started backing up. Roto-Rooter started coming monthly to remove pet hair from the sewer pipes. I went to the "Plumbers Handbook" and it not only had a section on trapping hair, it even had a topic specific to the control of hair generated by kennels and animal care facilities!

Plumbing Concepts - Residential and Small Commercial, September 28, 2001
Reviewer: Donald W Randall from Virginia Beach, VA United States
Excellent book for designers and architects to use for residential and small commerical structures. Provides the Plumbers point of view on necessary design elements for layout of fixtures, pipes, etc.

Provides excellent explanation on how to read a plumbing design layout and superb insight in to the plumbing codes. Provides the details that will allow a designer or architect to adequately communicate with plumbing contractors.

Good overview for architects/designers and a very useful study guide for plumbers and plumbing contractors.

Plumber's Handbook, March 24, 2000
Reviewer: Sherri Jeffrey from Austin, Texas
A must have for any licensed Plumber! Of all the years that I have been plumbing this book is the most concise I have come across. I use it as a study guide for my apprentices. The chapter reviews help to tie the book together.

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