Quiz: Do You Know The Basics of Plumbing?
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Do You Know The Basics of Plumbing?
By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Know the difference between a plunger and a pipe wrench, or a toilet snake and a P-trap? If you consider yourself a master of all things plumbing, take this quiz to show off your skills!

Believe it or not, indoor plumbing is a relatively new phenomenon. As recently as 1940, half of U.S. homes lacked hot water, bathtubs and showers -- and a full one out of three homes didn't yet have a flushing toilet, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. While these modern conveniences are just a few generations old, people today would find themselves hard pressed to live without them.

That's good news for those with the capacity to install, maintain and repair these systems. It means there will always be plenty of jobs in the field, and those who choose this career can expect a median salary of $52,000 as of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Sure, there may be some downsides -- clogged toilets, anyone? -- but plumbing is so much more than dealing with sewage. It's planning and installing the piping systems that will carry hot and cold water in and take waste out of homes and buildings for proper processing. It requires not only being good with your hands, but also soft skills like sales, marketing and even basic math and accounting.

Think you've got what it takes to properly wield that pipe wrench? Take this quiz to find out!

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Which of these critters can help clear a clog?
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PVC is made of...
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What does the schedule of a pipe tell you?
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What do you call wastewater from the sink, washing machine and shower?
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Which type of copper pipe should you use for the highest pressure, most corrosive applications in the plumbing world?
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What does the D in DWV stand for?
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If a toilet operates under air or gas pressure, it is....
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Which of these would be safe to drink?
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What is the name of the component located where the water comes out of a faucet?
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Which of these fixtures contains a flapper?
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How often do you need to pump a septic tank?
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What is the typical pitch of slope of a 6-inch sewer line per foot of pipe run?
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How many gallons does the average new toilet sold in the U.S. use per flush in 2018?
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Which of these is true of a tankless water heater compared to a standard tank model?
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What of these is the safest efficient temperature setting for a hot water heater?
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What does the C in CSO stand for?
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How large should the sanitary sewer pipe leaving a typical home be?
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Which of these is used to measure discharge when designing a home plumbing system?
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Where does a typical family use the most water?
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When plumbers use the word lavatory, they usually mean ...
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Which of these is the main advantage of PEX piping?
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Which of these valves has a wedge or disc that closes off the pipe with the turn of a wheel?
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What does the M in GPM stand for?
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The word plumbing comes from the Latin word for this metal.
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What is it called when you release unwanted air from pipes?
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How long does it take for 140 degree F water to cause 2nd-degree burns on an adult?
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What should you replace if you keep seeing water around the base of your sink faucet?
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How much water does a typical shower head use per minute in 2018?
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How long does a standard tank water heater last?
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What is an interceptor designed to do?
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Where does effluent go after it leaves a septic tank?
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Which of these helps you get the water in your shower to just the right temperature?
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