A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage and drainage in plumbing systems. The word “plumber” dates from the Roman Empire. The Latin for lead is plumbum. Roman roofs used lead in conduits and drain pipes and some were also covered with lead, lead was also used for piping and for making baths. In medieval times anyone who worked with lead was referred to as a plumber as can be seen from an extract of workmen fixing a roof in Westminster Palace and were referred to as plumbers.
Years of training and/or experience are needed to become a skilled plumber; some jurisdictions also require that plumbers be licensed.
Some needed skills:
Reading drawings, and specifications to determine layout of water supply, waste, and venting systems, Detecting faults in plumbing appliances and systems, and correctly diagnosing their causes, Installing, repairing and maintaining domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systems. Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors, Measuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines. Joining pipes and fittings together using soldering techniques, compression fittings, threaded fittings, and push-on fittings. Testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges, Awareness of legal regulations and safety issues, Ensuring safety standards and building regulations are met.
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