Practical Plumbing


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Co-written by Chris Smith and Brian Curry and published by Macmillan in 1997 as part of the ‘Motivate’ series, Practical Plumbing is a major publication which contains all the appropriate theory and practice to succeed in plumbing and related operations.

Well illustrated, with over 300 diagrams, the book has been widely acclaimed by members of the profession. It is clearly presented and provides a balance of theory and practice. Each chapter is carefully introduced, has a list of key words, numerous questions, exercises and answering hints, and concludes with a ’check your understanding’ summary.



Safety in the workplace

First aid

Hand-tools and their application

Materials and components

Fixings and fastenings

Cold water supply

Hot water supply & heating

Gas supply

Sanitary appliances

Sanitary piping: above ground

Below ground drainage

Sheet weatherings

Geometry and calculations

Interpreting drawings and data

Key words and definitions

Answers to questions and answering hints


The Motivate Series

A series of up-to-date texts on industrial and technical education specifically written for courses and syllabuses in secondary and technical schools, colleges and other institutions of education and training. The books in the series cover a broad range of subjects and are written by experienced subject specialists.

Please order from your local bookshop or a Web-based book seller

e.g. quoting the ISBN 0 333 61657 X

For more information or to obtain a review copy please contact the Promotions Department at Macmillan Education in the UK.

Publication details:     Practical Plumbing

Publication date:         November 1997

Price:                          £11.00

Extent:                        296 pages

Format:                       276 x 219 mm

Illustrations:                300 diagrams

Binding:                      Paperback

ISBN:                         0 333 61657 X

“… one of the best plumbing and heating books I have ever read. Over the past 50 years of working in the plumbing and building industry I have read many books on the subject and this is as good as any. I would definitely recommend it for all craft apprentices, technical students and anyone who wanted to further their plumbing knowledge.”

C.R. Goodyear, Plumbing and Heating Consultant.


Education Ltd

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