Book Review - Sunset You Can Build Plumbing

This is a book review for Sunset You Can Build Plumbing, the book is written by Esther Fernington. It is an extremely helpful book to help you with your plumbing jobs, it has many pictures and illustrations to go along with the great content to guide you along the way. Here is an excerpt from the book so you can get a gauge of how in depth the book goes: “Countertop sinks are a common choice for vanities, and a classic element of many American family bathrooms. Vanities remain popular because they provide counter space on top and storage below, while concealing the plumbing connections from view. If you’re buying a new vanity to go with your new sink, you may want to consider a back-saver version. Slightly higher than the traditional variety, a back-saving sink can relieve taller family members from bending over to use the sink and mirror and, as the name suggests, spare everyone’s back in the bargain. The steps shown here are for putting in a self-rimming, drop-in bowl, which is the easiest type to install. The rim of the sink hides slight irregularities, making installation forgiving. If you installing a self-rimming sink in a new countertop, start by making a cutout for the bowl. Hire a professional to do this if the countertop is of a material that is difficult to cut. Most sinks are sold with a template for marking this hole. Position the cut according to the manufacturer’s directions. A sink is typically centered from front to back. When installing a heavy sink, such as a cast-iron unit, you can simply use a bead of plumber’s putty rather than adhesive to seal the edges. The sink’s weight will hold it in place. If you are installing a frame-mounted sink, attach the sink with the mounting clips or metal strip included with the unit.” The book then goes on with numbered steps, bullet points and easy to follow pictures to help you along your way. I will include one more example from the book to really drill in the type of instructions you will be getting, this example mentions is regarding filters and sinks specifically “Filter Options” ” A water-treatment device is a popular kitchen upgrade. Many types are available, including simple in-line filters screwed to the faucet spout. Such faucet-mounted units are quick to install, but you must remember to turn them on and off, as uses don;t require purified water will quickly exhaust the filter. A better alternative is a water purifier that looks just like a hot-water or soap dispenser and is used only when you want filtered water (the main unit fits below the sink). Filtration systems vary widely. Easy-to-install dual-cartridge devices like the one shown on the opposite page require no electrical power, connect directly to your cold-water line, and install in a few hours. But you must periodically change the cartridges. If you notice changes in taste, odor, or water flow, it is time to do so. A reverse-osmosis unit is hooked up much like the dual-cartridge device, but it must be connected to the sink’s drain because it discharges wastewater. It stores the clean water in a tank beneath the sink.” and this example is for “Placement Options”: “Use an existing hole in the sink if at all possible. For example, you may be able to discard a soap dispenser, sprayer hose, or other device to free a hole. If no hole is available , drilling a new hole is an option, but this risks serious cosmetic damage to the sink or countertop, so proceed with caution. For a stainless-steel or porcelain cast-iron sink, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to drill a hole if you choose to. Never drill through a porcelain sink. You may be able to drill through the countertop instead, if the material is appropriate for drilling.” For more great book reviews like the one you just read, click here.