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This new publication by ICBO explains the 2000 International Plumbing Code in plain English. It's filled with illustrations and figures to help contractors meet code on all plumbing work. Covers history of the code, conventional DWV systems, cost factors that may affect plumbing design and much more.


Contractor's Guide to the Plumbing Code is the first in a series of titles designed to familiarize contractors with current code requirements. It is written for the busy professional, whose goal is to provide a safe and affordable plumbing system that meets the minimum requirements of the latest plumbing codes. The "Contractor's Guide" is not a substitute for the code-, it is designed to be used alongside the code, and to simplify many of its provisions by supplying explanations and illustrations.

Chapter 1 sets the stage by detailing an extensive background on current plumbing codes. Chapter 2 pro- vides key definitions of terms in the current plumbing codes. Required documentation, permit issuance, and alternative materials and methods of construction are discussed in Chapter 3. Issues related to conventional drain, waste, and vent systems, such as sizing of the drainage system, venting, and installation of pipe and fittings, are covered in Chapter 4. In Chapter 5, water supply and distribution are discussed, as well as the important role of backflow devices. Chapters 6 and 7 conclude with discussions of the types and quality of plumbing fixtures, the installation requirements for these fixtures, and issues related to storm drainage.

An added feature of this guide is an appendix that includes a brief commentary, comparison, and cross reference between the new 2000 International Plumbing Code (IPC) and the regionally based 1997 Uniform Plumbing Code(TM) (UPC).

The simplified approach to code provisions makes this guide an excellent reference for students and first- time code users.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Plumbing Codes-Who Needs Them?, 1 Background, 1 Administrative Details, 9

  • Chapter 2 Definitions, 13

  • Chapter 3 Documentation, Standards, Alternatives and Inspections, 29 General, 29 Getting the Permit, 30 Documentation, 30 The Code Official, 32 Standards and Approvals, 32 Materials, Plans and Preliminary Layout, 34 Required Inspections, 39

  • Chapter 4 Conventional Drain, Waste and Vent Systems, 41 Typical Schematic, 42 Drainline Connections, 43 Sizing the Drainage System, 45 Cleanouts, 47 Venting, 47 Vent Termination, 48 Nonconventional Venting Methods, 51 Indirect Drains and Special Wastes, 58 Installing the Pipe and Fittings, 59

  • Chapter 5 Water Supply and Distribution, 61 Water Is a Good Thing, 61 Water Services, 61 Sizing Those Pipes, 62 Water Hammer, 64 Is Cheap Pipe the Best Way?, 67 The Installation, 68 Too Hot for Me ... Hot Water, 68 Backflow Devices, 68 Healthcare Plumbing, 70

  • Chapter 6 Fixtures that Use Water, 71 Fixtures, 71 Number of Fixtures, 72 Other Fixtures, 73 Dishwashers and Showers, 74 Water Heaters, 74

  • Chapter 7 Storm Drainage, 79 General, 79 Materials, 79 Roof Drain and Overflow Design, 80 Specific Design Criteria and Details, 81 Scuppers and Leaders, 82 Combined Storm and Sewer Systems, 83 Below-grade Storm Drain Systems, 83 Engineer-designed Systems, 84

  • Chapter 8 Private Disposal Systems, 85 General, @ 85

    Appendix A-Comparison and Cross Reference: 1997 UPC and 2000 IPC, 87

    Appendix B-Which Is More Cost Effective, IPC or UPC?, 135

    Index, 141

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