By Terry Meany
Do not allow these plumbing difficulties bankrupt you-- discover ways to do it your self! With the whole Idiot's advisor to Plumbing, you will find out about instruments, protection, clearing clogs, repairing leaks, home improvement kitchens and loos and outdoors plumbing. It even grants suggestion for those who should still rent a professional!
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Enameled iron is very resistant to chipping, and enameled steel is less so. To chip porcelain enamel, as a general rule, you would have to dent the underlying base metal (it's safe to say that your tub won't be chipping anytime soon). Because of its weight, a cast-iron tub should really have a reinforced bathroom floor under it. And, in case your tub is ever subjected to juvenile terrorists, porcelain is both graffiti- and flame-proof. Whirlpools Don't Like Suds One builder told me that he's had clients who were very keen on installing whirlpool bathtubs in their master bathrooms, but not so keen on them a year later.
Most water utilities send out informational brochures from time to time listing the household products they don't want entering the waste stream. These products include the following: Any petroleum-based product, especially motor oil, paint, and paint solvents 63 64 Insecticides and pesticides Â < previous page < previous page page_12 page_120 next page > next page > Page 120 highly toxic and must be handled with care. Never use chlorine bleach, as this sets the iron stain. Fresh iron stains on plumbing fixtures such as sinks, bathtubs, and chrome will generally yield to treatment with heavy-duty cleaning compounds containing large proportions of trisodium phosphate.
The Other China The best traditional material for sinks and toilets is vitreous china, which is essentially impervious to water. Vitreous china is a fired and glazed clay that is worked to a highly polished, stain-resistant finish. This type of china comes under the product category of whiteware, which is broken down into three main categories by vitrification: Vitreous Semi-vitreous Porous The greater the vitrificationthe process by which the clay loses its porosity during the firingthe lower the material's porosity or capability to absorb water.
The complete idiot's guide to plumbing by Terry Meany