How Well Do You Know Plumber Lingo?


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About This Quiz

What would we do without plumbers? Truly. In this quiz, we're going to pay homage to the pipe masters of the world and test your knowledge of their lingo. If you get it all right, you'll receive a golden chalice of Drano.

What is Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene?

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is known as ABS. It's a black plastic pipe used for drains and vents.

An aerator is used on a _____.

An aerator is a screen-like part that is attached to the faucet. It mixes air and water to reduce splashing.

An auger removes ____.

An auger is a bendable rod with a curved end. It's used to remove clogs from a toilet trap.

Backup is a kind of _____.

Backup is a kind of overflow. This overflow takes place in a plumbing fixture, caused by drain stoppage.

What is the average income of a master plumber?

On average, a master plumber can make over $52,000 a year. Experienced plumbers can make up to $200,000 a year in the upper tier.

Where will you find a ball joint?

You'll find a ball joint in a shower head. It's a spherical assembly that allows the head to pivot and rotate.

How should you feel about black water?

As you can imagine, for a plumber, black water is a terrible thing. It's the waste water from a toilet.

When you bleed a pipe, you drain it of excess _____.

Bleeding a pipe means draining it of excess air. You do this by opening a valve at the end of the pipe.

What is metal fatigue?

Metal fatigue happens when metal has bent or expanded and contracted too many times, so it breaks. You don't want your pipes to have metal fatigue.

In plumbing, what is dope?

Dope is a lubricant that is used by plumbers on pipe threads to prevent leaks. It is not a smokable plant, in plumber lingo.

True or False: The plumbers have a union.

Of course plumbers have a union! It is the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

An elbow is also called what?

The elbow is also called an ell. It's a curved fitting used to change the direction of a pipe run.

An escutcheon is a bit of _____.

The escutcheon is a decorative metal flange or plate. It is used to cover the supply line hole.

Flow rate is defined by _____ per minute.

Flow rate is defined by gallons per minute, or GPM. It can also be expressed as gallons per hour.

A gasket provides ______.

A gasket is a flat device that is made of fiber or rubber. It's used to provide watertight sealing between metal joints.

A ______ hotel was the first to have indoor plumbing.

The Tremont Hotel in Boston was the first to have indoor plumbing. It was incorporated in 1829.

What is GPF?

GPF refers to gallons per flush. This is the rate of water flow by which toilets are measured.

Where does gray water come from?

Gray water is waste water that comes from fixtures other than toilets. You can have gray water from your dishwasher.

When was the first flushing toilet patented?

The first flushing toilet was patented in 1775 by an Englishman, Alexander Cumming. One year later, American gained its independence. Is there a correlation?

Hard water contains what?

Hard water contains impurities. Hardness is a measurement of calcium, minerals and dissolved solids in a solution.

True or false: Super Bowl halftime is the time when toilets are flushed the most.

It's just a myth that more toilets are flushed during the Super Bowl halftime than at any other time of the year. We're just going to let you ponder that.

What is I.D.?

I.D. refers to inside diameter. This measures the inside width of a pipe.

kPa is a unit of _____.

kPa is a metric unit for pressure. 200 kPa = two atmospheres.

A low consumption toilet flushes with _____ gallons of water.

A low consumption toilet flushes with 1.6 gallons of water at the most. This is also known as a water-saving toilet.

What is the main?

The main is the primary artery of the supply system. It's referred to as the main vent in a vent system.

Non-ferrous pipes don't contain _____.

Non-ferrous pipes or tools do not contain iron. That's all there is to say about that.

How do most people prefer their toilet paper?

People tend to prefer their toilet paper with the flap in the front, or overhand. In fact, 75% of people prefer this.

Back pressure _____ the flow of fluid.

Back pressure resists the flow of fluid. This is a big problem for a piping system.

What is a bidet?

A bidet is a plumbing fixture that is used for personal hygiene. It looks like a toilet, except it has a faucet and sprayer.

Albert Einstein wanted to be a ______.

This is not a joke. Albert Einstein said that if he could do it all again, he would be a plumber.

What is a boiler?

The boiler is a sealed tank where water is turned to steam. This is used for heating and power.

Brass is slang for ____.

Brass is slang for faucets and fittings. The name is used regardless of materials used or color.

What famous brothers were plumbers?

Did you remember that Mario and Luigi were plumbers? They're the world's most famous plumbing duo.

What's the name of the flap at the bottom of your toilet that bobs up and down?

The flapper is the rubber flap in the bottom of the toilet which lifts and allows flushing. Then it seals off the tan for refilling.

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