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How to fix leaking faucets and sluggish or clogged drains.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1971 (v.49#4) pg. 148

Simple plumbing repairs. Tips on fixing a clogged drain and a dripping tap.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1989 (v.12#6) pg. 70

Demystifying the household drainage system. Looks at layout of drains and vents, materials, and installation.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1989 (v.12#7) pg. 23

Possible solutions to a problem of sewer-gas backup in a bathroom sink.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1993 (v.16#6) pg. 8

A stack of trouble. How to seal a crack in a drain stack using steel putty.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1997 (v.20#9) pg. 84

Plumbing code changes to smaller supply lines and waste lines save on costs. A look at the new standards.
COST CUTS Mar 1987 (v.4#4) pg. 6

Cleaning clogged drains.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #94 Oct 1966 (v.16#5) pg. 52

Tips on proper use of a plunger to clear obstructions in a drain line.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #102 Feb 1968 (v.18#1) pg. 52

Easy plumbing maintenance. How to repair single-lever faucets, keep drains open, install an extra faucet and stop pipes from vibrating.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #124 Feb 1971 (v.21#2) pg. 46

First in a series on basic home plumbing deals with how to clear clogged drains, toilets and sewers. Includes a list of tools that should be in a plumbing "first aid" kit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #151 Feb 1974 (v.24#2) pg. 50

How a home plumbing system works. Water supply system, drain-waste-vent system, and private water supply systems described.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #189 Apr 1978 (v.28#4) pg. 56

How to handle plugged drains. A look at kitchen sink drains, chemical cleaning, plunging, trap cleaning, using a plumber's snake or sewer tape, and a garden hose.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #190 May-Jun 1978 (v.28#5) pg. 53

How to handle plugged drains in basins, bathtubs and toilets. Shows how to remove a toilet bowl and reinstall it.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #191 Jul-Aug 1978 (v.28#6) pg. 46

How to make fixture trap connections.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #192 Sep 1978 (v.28#7) pg. 90

Understanding drain-waste-vent home plumbing systems.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #198 Apr 1979 (v.29#4) pg. 80

How to plan a drain-waste-vent system using plastic pipe. Covers typical bathroom rough plumbing, tub and shower installation, and toilet waste pipe.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #199 May-Jun 1979 (v.29#5) pg. 85

How to install drain-waste-vent systems. Covers running the vent stack, making the pipe runs, and methods for tapping a new drain into an old.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #200 Jul-Aug 1979 (v.29#6) pg. 94

Tip: How to flush your sink drain using only hot water.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #215 Jan 1981 (v.31#1) pg. 116

Basic home plumbing. Water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #253 Nov 1984 (v.34#9) pg. 80

Basic home plumbing. Preventing and curing plugged drains.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #255 Jan 1985 (v.35#1) pg. 78

Basic home plumbing. Fittings and conections for plumbing waste lines.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #260 Jul-Aug 1985 (v.35#6) pg. 88

Tips on maintaining roof vents, plumbing stacks, and metal valleys.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #261 Sep 1985 (v.35#7) pg. 62

Opening clogged drains. Finding and clearing common blockage points in a drain system.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #297 Apr 1989 (v.39#4) pg. 24

How to unclog a drain using a plunger and/or a plumber's snake.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #302 Oct 1989 (v.39#9) pg. 70

How to unclog a kitchen sink drain.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #318 May 1991 (v.41#5) pg. 6

An explanation of why a sink gurgles when the toilet is flushed and what to do to correct it.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #320 Jul-Aug 1991 (v.41#7) pg. 4

How to replace a double sink drain.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #320 Jul-Aug 1991 (v.41#7) pg. 20

Tips on cleaning a bathtub drain fitted with a drum trap.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #331 Sep 1992 (v.42#8) pg. 10

Making drains work. An explanation of P-traps, S-traps and drum traps. How they work, their problems and how to clean them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #334 Jan 1993 (v.43#1) pg. 26

Plumbing a vent for an island sink.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #351 Sep 1994 (v.44#8) pg. 8

Tip on using a plastic bag to contain a messy drain snake after using it to clean out a drain.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #352 Oct 1994 (v.44#9) pg. 50

Tip on using an afghan hook to remove clogs from drain traps.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #355 Feb 1995 (v.45#2) pg. 68

Common plumbing woes and how to fix them. (1) Leaking slip joints under a double sink. (2) Installing kitchen sink strainer assemblies. (3) Sewer gas odor. (4) Styles and applications of three different types of threaded joints. (5) Soldering tips.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #358 May 1995 (v.45#5) pg. 22

Clogged pipes and how to get them flowing again. Tips for sink, bathtub, and toilet.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #361 Sep 1995 (v.45#8) pg. 66

How to repair a leaky sink drain by replacing the whole assembly with plastic pipe.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #379 Jun 1997 (v.47#6) pg. 24

An explanation of plumbing traps and vents. How they work, some common problems and how to avoid them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 120

Clearing out stubborn drain clogs, especially those in the under-floor drain system.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #391 Sep 1998 (v.48#8) pg. 25

Making drains work. A look at the various ways drains have been plumbed over the years and tips on improving them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #401 Sep 1999 (v.49#8) pg. 105

Primer on venting the plumbing system.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #1 Feb-Mar 1981 pg. 34

Drainage systems. On sizing, laying out and choosing the right fittings for a residential waste system.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #29 Oct-Nov 1985 pg. 51

Roughing in the drain lines. Advice on assembling a residential drainage system with plastic pipe.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #39 Apr-May 1987 pg. 33

Tip on using an industrial chemical to kill bacteria colonies which are causing odors from drain pipes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 18

Using a narrow-beam flashlight to indicate the exact position for cutting a hole in the roof for plumbing vent pipes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #63 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 28

Advice on insulating or replacing ABS drain pipe to reduce the noise of toilet flushing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #79 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 20
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #81 Apr-May 1993 pg. 4
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #82 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 6

Tips on locating the source of sewer gas odors.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #108 Apr-May 1997 pg. 20
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #110 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 10

Improved method for sealing the gaps where a drain pipe passes through a foundation wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #122 Apr-May 1999 pg. 32

Tip: Improve the operation of a toilet plunger by inserting a dowel crosswise in the handle.
HOME MECHANIX #688 Aug 1985 (v.81) pg. 96

Clearing clogged drains using a snake or closet auger. Some tips.
HOME MECHANIX #716 Dec 1987 (v.83) pg. 20

Simple method to prevent sewage water from entering a basement by way of the floor drain.
HOME MECHANIX #770 Nov 1992 (v.88) pg. 92

Tip on connecting a replacement shower drain to an existing bathtub drain without having to dig up any of the concrete slab enclosing the bathtub drain.
HOME MECHANIX #777 Jul-Aug 1993 (v.89) pg. 94

Getting to the bottom of clogged bathroom drains. Tips on cleaning clogs from showers, sinks, tube and toilets using plungers, chemicals and augers.
HOME MECHANIX #792 Feb 1995 (v.91) pg. 9

How to relocate drainpipes to create the bathroom you've always wanted.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1986 (v.11#6) pg. 47

Unclogging drains. How to remedy stopped-up toilets, sinks, lavatories, floor drains, sewers, etc.
HOMEOWNER Dec 1987 (v.12#10) pg. 51

How to make pipe repairs to copper, galvanized and cast iron drain lines. Some tips.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #2 Summer 1976 (v.1#2) pg. 64

How a professional plumber opens stopped drains. Various tools and techniques for toilets, tubs and sinks.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #3 Fall 1976 (v.1#3) pg. 59

How to keep household drainage systems draining. Covers being careful about what goes down drains, cleaning, and curing clogs.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1979 (v.4#5) pg. 54

Diagrams of typical plumbing for hot and cold water supply, drainage and vent piping for a bathroom.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1980 (v.5#3) pg. 38

How to install a plumbing vent stack.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1982 (v.7#3) pg. 83

Unstopping clogged drains. Looks at both chemical and mechanical means.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #643 Dec 1981 (v.77) pg. 24

Tips on unclogging a sink drain.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #680 Dec 1984 (v.80) pg. 20

Three tips on cleaning grease clogs out of kitchen sinks.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #109 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 26

Step-by-step directions for unclogging drains using a plunger, auger, or other technique.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1982 (v.3#3) pg. 60

Epoxy restoration of cast iron waste pipes. Preparation and application of epoxy described. Sketches of typical waste and vent systems in old houses included.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1978 (v.6#9) pg. 101
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.7#4) pg. 38

Tip: How to couple terra-cotta drain pipe to PVC pipe.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1979 (v.7#10) pg. 119

Understanding old-house sanitary waste disposal systems.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1992 (v.20#5) pg. 51

Drain surgery. How to eliminate common waste line blockages and what to watch for in old-house plumbing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1992 (v.20#5) pg. 55

Tip on using baking soda and vinegar to clean drains and scrub bathtub, toilet and floors.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep-Oct 1990 (v.37#7) pg. 95

Tips on how to unclog sink and toilet drains, and how to correct trickles and drips on toilet tanks and faucets.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1973 (v.139#2) pg. 156

How to unclog drains. Includes sink and toilet clogs and information about chemical cleaners, cleaning out traps and general facts about clogged drains.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1973 (v.140#5) pg. 98

Fixes for 4 common plumbing problems. (1) Clogged drains. (2) Running toilet tank. (3) Frozen pipes. (4) Leaking pipes.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1983 (v.160#5) pg. 54

Convert a conventional rubber force cup (plumber's friend) into a power plunger by altering it to force hydrant-pressure water through a drain.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1984 (v.161#6) pg. 51

Cleaning clogged plumbing drains. Some tips.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1987 (v.164#4) pg. 137

Tips on installing and using automatic drain vents in place of conventional vent pipes.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1987 (v.164#4) pg. 138

Pipe configuration for venting a sink mounted in an island cabinet.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1988 (v.165#6) pg. 127

Clearing clogged or sluggish drains. Both sink and bathtub drains are considered.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1990 (v.167#2) pg. 87

Troubleshooting a "gurgling" noise in a sink trap (P-trap) that is being caused by inadequate sewer venting.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1994 (v.171#1) pg. 70

Tip suggests use of a house trap on the main drain/waste pipe leading to septic or sewer.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1996 (v.173#5) pg. 98

Tips on locating where drains are stopped up.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1965 (v.187#6) pg. 126

How to open clogged house drains. Part 1.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1967 (v.190#6) pg. 131

How to open clogged house drains. Part 2.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1967 (v.191#1) pg. 133

Installation of drainage systems is made easier through the use of (1) rubber gaskets instead of molten lead, (2) plastic pipe glued together, (3) fiber sections hammered together, (4) clay pipe with molded-in rubber gaskets, and (5) rubber couplings for asbestos-cement sewer pipe.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1968 (v.192#1) pg. 151

Use a piece of radiator hose to connect a sink trap to the drain pipe lead-in. It eliminates need to open up the wall to reach a joint.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1975 (v.206#3) pg. 154

A wooden plug which can be clamped over one drain of a double sink so that a plunger can be used to clear the drain pipe without splashing.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1976 (v.208#2) pg. 142

How to install a powerful pump in the basement so that a basement bathroom can have its waste water and sewage pumped up to existing septic lines. Est. cost for pump and receptical crock: $600.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1978 (v.213#3) pg. 106

Tip: How to test for the correct temperature of molten lead when using it to seal drainpipe connections.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1981 (v.219#4) pg. 125

How to clear a drain stoppage in a sink, toilet or main house drain. Includes suggestions for keeping drains flowing free.
SUNSET Mar 1981 (v.166#3) pg. 100

Advice on the best way to vent an island sink.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #810 Nov 1996 (v.92) pg. 22

Tip shows how to power plunge to clear a clogged kitchen sink that's connected to a dishwasher.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #813 Mar 1997 (v.93) pg. 30

The inside story on sink venting and cooktop venting of an island-style kitchen cabinet.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #830 Nov 1998 (v.94) pg. 48

Tips to improve the effectiveness of a plunger when clearing a clogged sink drain.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #831 Dec 1998-Jan 1999 (v.94) pg. 25

Clearing stubborn clogs in a kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet and floor drain.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #836 Jun 1999 (v.95) pg. 82

Motorized drain cleaner uses either a 1/4" or 1/2" snake, washing machine gear box, 1/4 hp. motor and trash can covers for the snake.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1966 (v.22#2) pg. 23

Tip: How to use the new style "easy" connectors when working with drain pipes and/or soil pipes.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1981 (v.37#2) pg. 114

Keep your drains flowing. Tip on proper disposal of household waste to avoid clogging drains.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1990 (v.46#5) pg. 20