The tools required by the householder to take care of the general run of plumbing repairs and adjustments are not many. They consist of a medium-sized Stillson and monkey wrench, a medium screw-driver, a pair of heavy pliers (known as gas-pliers), a set of end-wrenches and a roll of heavy wire. The rubber plunger and the steel snake have already been mentioned. Equipped with these tools, the average man can take very nice care of his own plumbing, and if he is called upon to do several small jobs in the course of a year, he will have saved the cost of them many times over.
The idea of saving money by doing your own repair work is well worth thinking about, but there is more to it than that. When you have to wait for professional help in an emergency, any amount of damage can go on until it arrives. It is the old story of the stitch in time; and when you have a fairly good idea of what to do, and how to do it, plumbing emergencies will hold no terrors for you.
The picture above illustrates a very modern bathroom. The owner has made good use of the splendid possibilities of a glass block wall, but still provides ample ventilation through the two small high windows in the wall. (See Chapter IV.)
The three standard essential fixtures, found in the average bathroom, are shown here grouped in one corner of the room. This leaves the floor area well cleared and gives the impression of space far beyond the actual area.
(See Chapter IV.)
The plumbing involved for either of the kitchens shown here is about the same. One of the rooms is a strictly business-like kitchen; the other is an efficient layout, where a meal can be taken in comfort and with few steps. (See Chapter IV.)