Flush-tank mechanisms consist of two control valves. Levers and other parts open or close these valves at the proper time. One of these valves is the flush valve which is seated at the bottom of the tank. This is kept closed by a rubber flush ball, diaphragm or flapper. When the outside handle on the […]READ MORE
Plumbing supplies have certainly evolved with the times and no longer follow the concept of “form follows function”. As a result, do-it-yourselfers can have everything from plumbing products that emphasize fashion styles to the tools and parts needed to install them.
Safety features are another important part of plumbing. Anti-scald faucets and grab bars help to prevent accidents in the home, while water-saving devices are beneficial to the environment.
Though most consumers are hesitant to tackle plumbing projects, this section will provide information on the right tools, materials and project knowledge to turn any do-it-yourselfer into an amateur plumber. Just be sure to follow your community’s local plumbing codes before starting any projects.
MASSAGING SHOWERHEADS Massaging showerheads use water pressure forced through a diverting valve to create one or more pulsating water actions. In most cases, users can vary the amount of pulsing pressure or force to their liking. Massaging showerheads can be hand-held or permanently mounted. While all offer massaging action of one or more kinds, they can […]READ MORE
Plumbing tools are specialized-they fit the job. For example, if you buy a handle puller to pull tub or shower faucets, you will also need a box end or hollow-core socket wrench to remove packing nuts which are soft brass, easily distorted and practically impossible to replace. If you need tubing cutters you may also […]READ MORE
WATER-SAVING DEVICES The basic idea behind water-saving devices is to restrict water consumption rates where heaviest use occurs. Indoor water usage runs at about 40 percent for toilets, 30 percent for baths and showers (more for baths), 15 percent for clothes washers and 15 percent for cooking and kitchen use. TOILET WATER SAVERS The first […]READ MORE
FAUCET SPRAYS The heart of a faucet spray is a mechanism called a diverter or butterfly valve located inside the faucet in a chamber just below the base of the swing spout. This valve normally permits water to flow freely through the spout when the spray attachment is not in use. When the thumb-controlled valve on the […]READ MORE
These materials may be made of metal or plastic. Plumbing components made of bronze and brass contain 3% to 8% lead. Lead serves two purposes in the copper alloys from which these materials are manufactured. First, lead aids in the manufacturing process by providing lubrication and preventing chipping during the metal-working process. Second, the lead […]READ MORE
COMPRESSION FAUCETS Water flow in a compression faucet (a common residential faucet) is regulated by turning a lever, T or four-ball handle attached to a threaded spindle. When the spindle is turned down, the washer or disk attached to its lower end is pressed tightly against a smoothly finished ring or ground seat, which surrounds the flow […]READ MORE