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How do you learn plumbing skills?

Plunger.jpgIf you want to have some fun without the worries about wrecking anything in the house, go down to your local Bunnings and grab an external tap, one that includes all your valves and washes. Take it apart bit by bit. You will get to see where the washer sits the valve and the pressure it takes to undo and do the parts up.

 

I found this helpful years ago because the principles are almost exact with internal and external taps and shower head replacement of valves and washes.

 

And I know people hammer YouTube a lot but for learning how to do minor repairs it’s great. - gippslandhome

 

Some TAFEs offer intro courses to plumbing which teach you the basics. - ProjectPete

 

A lot depends on where you live. Queensland is the most strict I think, you can change a tap washer and that is about it. In SA, TAFE has a basic home and building maintenance course that runs for 10 weeks at a cost of $520. - Brad

 

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MikeTNZ
Super Contributor

Hi @Jason,
Plumbing work is reasonably simple, however it does have some sticking points to it.
Things can go badly wrong all of a sudden if you don't approach things correctly.
If you're working with brass fittings (or any plumbing fittings) you need to be rather gentle when you tighten things up, using the wrong tools to do this can also cause things to get stripped, mangled or generally bent out of shape, which is not the desired result.
Brass is one of them metals that is quite brittle and if you over-tighten a brass fitting, it will usually split
along it's section all of a sudden.

One other thing, is thread-tape (or PTFE tape), it is a common mis-conception that this tape is used to seal threads, all this tape does is lubricates the thread as the fitting(s) are tightened, the fact that it effects a seal is purely coincidental, not using enough thread tape will ensure that a fitting will leak.

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @MikeTNZ

 

I totally agree, I believe that plumbing is an acquired skill and you must have experience if you are to attempt any kind of repair. I've seen split brass caps from too much PTFE tape, cross-threaded cistern taps, split O-rings and a host of other disasters. But I suppose you need to pass through these trials in order to gain experience.

 

Eric

 

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