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Introduction x List of Abbreviations xi Acknowledgements xii A Qualification in Plumbing xiii Workplace Evidence for NVQ Achievement xiv Part 1 Key Principles, Safety and Common Plumbing Processes 1 The Plumbing Industry 2 Customer Relations and Communication Skills 4 Functional Skills 6 Employment Rights and Responsibilities 8 Effective Working Relationships 10 Health and Safety Legislation 12 Safe Working Practices 14 Personal Protective Equipment 16 Safety Signs 18 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 20 Access Equipment and Working at Heights 22 Safe Working with Hand Tools and Machinery 24 Fire Safety 26 Regulations Governing Plumbing Work 28 Identifi cation of Pipework 30 The International Metric System 32 Areas, Volumes and Capacities 34 Mass, Weight, Force, Pressure and Density 36 Water Pressure 38 Physical Properties of Materials 40 Heat and its Effects 42 Corrosion 44 Plumbers? Tool Kit 46 Specialist Hand Tools for Pipework 48 Specialist Hand Tools for Sheetwork 50 Plastic Pipe and Fittings 52 Low Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings 54 Copper Pipe and Fittings 56 Low Carbon Steel Pipe Bending 58 Copper Pipe Bending 60 Pipe Bending Using Heat 62 Soldering 64 Welding Equipment and Safety 66 Bronze Welding 70 Lead Welding (Lead Burning) 72 In-Line Valves 74 Terminal Valves 76 Float-operated Valves 78 Part 2 Hot and Cold Water Supplies 81 Classifi cation of Water 82 Cold Water to the Consumer 84 Backfl ow Prevention 86 Assessing Water Efficiency in New Dwellings 88 Cold Water Systems 90 Cold Water Storage 92 Water Treatment 94 Boosted Water Supplies 96 Fire-fi ghting Systems 98 Domestic Sprinkler Systems 100 Hot Water Systems (Design Considerations) 102 Direct Hot Water Supply (Centralised) 104 Indirect Hot Water Supply 106 Unvented Domestic Hot Water Supply 108 Hot Distribution Pipework 110 Heat Recovery Period 112 Instantaneous Domestic Hot Water Supplies (Centralised) 114 Localised Hot Water Heaters 116 Connections to Hot and Cold Pipework 118 Installation of Pipework 1 120 Installation of Pipework 2 122 Sizing of Hot and Cold Pipework 124 Noise Transmission in Pipework 128 Commissioning of Hot and Cold Supplies 130 Disinfection of Hot and Cold Water Systems 132 Maintenance and Servicing Schedule 134 Part 3 Central Heating 137 Domestic Central Heating 138 Wet Central Heating Systems 140 Central Heating Components 1 142 Central Heating Components 2 144 Heating Controls 146 Fully Pumped System 148 Sealed (Closed) Systems 150 Boilers 152 Combination Boiler (Combi) 154 High Efficiency or Condensing Boiler 156 Domestic Heating and the Building Regulations 158 Domestic Boilers Requirements 160 Central Heating System Protection 162 Advanced Central Heating Control 164 Radiator and Boiler Sizing 166 Whole House Boiler Sizing Method 170 Pipe and Pump Sizing 172 Radiant Heating 176 Underfloor Central Heating Sizing 178 Warm Air Heating 180 Commissioning of Wet Central Heating Systems 182 Part 4 Gas Supplies 185 Properties and Combustion of Natural Gas 186 The Law Relating to Gas Installation Work 188 Gas Supply to the Consumer 190 Sizing of Domestic Gas Pipework 192 Domestic Tightness Testing and Purging 196 Pressure and Flow 198 Gas Controls 1 200 Gas Controls 2 202 Flame Supervision Devices (Flame Failure Devices) 204 Open Flued Appliances (Conventional Flue) 206 Terminal Location for Open Flues 208 Materials and Construction of Open Flues 210 Installation of Gas Fires 212 Installation of Gas Cookers 214 Room Sealed Appliances 1 (Balanced Flue) 216 Room Sealed Appliances 2 218 Ventilation Requirements up to 70 kW Net Input 220 Other Flueing Systems 222 Liquefi ed Petroleum Gas Installations 1 224 Liquefi ed Petroleum Gas Installations 2 226 Combustion Analysis 228 Flue Efficiency in Gas Appliances 230 Commissioning of Gas Installations 232 Maintenance and Servicing 234 Carbon Monoxide Detection 236 Unsafe Gas Installations 238 Part 5 Oil Supplies 241 Properties and Combustion of Fuel Oils 242 Oil Storage 244 Oil Feed Pipework 246 Controls Used on Oil Feed Pipework 248 Pressure Jet Burners 1 250 Pressure Jet Burners 2 252 Pressure Jet Burners 3 254 Open Flued Appliances 256 Room Sealed Appliances 258 Vaporising Burners 260 Combustion Efficiency Testing 262 Commissioning and Fault Diagnosis 264 Part 6 Electrical Work 267 Basic Electrical Theory 268 Electrical Current 270 Electrical Supply 272 Electrical Safety 274 Earth Continuity 276 Domestic House Wiring 1 278 Domestic House Wiring 2 280 Installation Practices 282 Electrical Components 1 284 Electrical Components 2 286 Central Heating Wiring Systems 288 Inspection and Testing of Electrical Work 290 Part 7 Sanitation 293 Sanitary Accommodation 294 Sanitary Appliances 1 296 Sanitary Appliances 2 298 Flushing Cisterns 1 300 Flushing Cisterns 2 302 Waste Pipe Connections 304 Sanitary Pipework 306 Primary Ventilated Stack System 308 Ventilation of Sanitary Pipework 310 Trap Seal Loss 312 Mechanical Disposal Units 314 Sizing of Sanitary Pipework 316 Testing of Sanitary Pipework 318 Maintenance and Periodic Inspection 320 Part 8 Drainage 323 Below Ground Drainage 324 Protection of Pipework 326 Gullies and Traps 328 Provision for Access 330 Connections to Existing Systems 332 Determining Drainage Levels 334 Sizing of Drainage Pipework 336 Eaves Guttering 338 Rainwater Pipes 340 Soakaways, Cesspools and Septic Tanks 342 Soundness Testing of Drainage Systems 344 Part 9 Sheet Weathering 347 Lead Sheet 348 Lead Bossing 350 Sheet Fixing 352 Lead Roof Coverings and Wall Cladding 354 Expansion Joints for Lead Roofs 356 Abutment Flashings in Lead 358 Chimney Flashings in Lead 360 Lead Slates and Pitched Valley Gutters 362 Gutter Linings 364 Dormer Windows 366 Part 10 Energy Conservation & Sustainability 369 Environmental Awareness 370 Energy Efficiency in Domestic Dwellings 372 Renewable Energy 374 Energy Costs & Payback Period 376 Solar Energy 378 Solar Hot Water Heating Systems 1 380 Solar Hot Water Heating Systems 2 382 Solar Power 384 The Heat Pump 386 Installation of a Heat Pump 388 Biomass 390 Biomass/Wood Burners 1 392 Biomass/Wood Burners 2 394 Wind & Micro Hydro (Water) Power 396 Combined Heat & Power (CHP) 398 Rainwater Harvesting 1 400 Rainwater Harvesting 2 (System Design) 402 Grey Water Recovery 404 Part 11 Assessing Your Knowledge 407 Assessing Your Knowledge 408 Self Assessment 409 Supplementary Assessment 424 Problem Solving 464 Answers to Problems 1?10 474 Answers to Multiple Choice Questions 476 Index 477

About the Author

Roy Treloar has been involved with the mechanical service industry since leaving school in 1973, becoming a full time lecturer, teaching plumbing in 1985. He is currently the curriculum development manager for the Professional Training Centre at Colchester Institute where he is responsible for various plumbing, heating, gas and electrical training and assessment programmes. Roy is author of several books, including two other highly successful textbooks published by Wiley-Blackwell, the Plumbing Encyclopaedia and Gas Installation Technology.

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