Be Your Own Plumber

Forget expensive plumbing bills — here’s how to install your own fixtures easily using basic tools.



SupplyHose
Flexible water supply hoses connect the copper water supply pipe to the fixture and are reinforced with braided steel mesh.
SCOTT HOLLIS
soldering
Soldering (also called "sweating") is a process that uses molten metal to join copper water supply pipes with a bond that’s strong, permanent and waterproof.
STEVE MAXWELL
Valve
A shut-off valve with threaded compression joints is the best way to connect a flexible supply line to copper piping.
STEVE MAXWELL
Faucet
Due to advances in plumbing fixture design and materials, many upgrades are simpler than ever. New sink faucets typically install easily, thanks to flexible water supply hoses.
SCOTT HOLLIS
Tailpiece
A tailpiece is a key feature of all effective plumbing drains.
SCOTT HOLLIS
ToiletDiagram
Soldering (also called "sweating") is a process that uses molten metal to join copper water supply pipes with a bond that’s strong, permanent and waterproof.
LEN CHURCHILL
Sink
Soldering (also called "sweating") is a process that uses molten metal to join copper water supply pipes with a bond that’s strong, permanent and waterproof.
LEN CHURCHILL
Soldering2
When you’re getting ready to solder, don’t forget these essential tools: flux and flux brush; propane torch; emery cloth and cleaning brushes; pipe cutter.
STEVE MAXWELL











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