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A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, and for sewage and drainage in plumbing systems. The origin of the word 'plumber' dates from the Roman Empire. 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. The Latin for lead is plumbum. In medieval times, anyone who worked with lead was referred to as a plumber, this can be seen from an extract about workmen fixing a roof in Westminster Palace, they were referred to as plumbers: 'To Gilbert de Westminster, plumber, working about the roof of the pantry of the little hall, covering it with lead, and about various defects in the roof of the little hall'. Thus a person with expertise in working with lead was first known as a Plumbarius which was later shortened to plumber. Plumbing activities Years of training and/or experience are needed to become a skilled plumber, some jurisdictions also require that plumbers be licensed. Common plumbing tasks and skills include:Reading drawings and specifications, to determine the layout of water supply, waste, and venting systemsDetecting faults in plumbing appliances and systems, and correctly diagnosing their causesInstalling, repairing and maintaining domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systemsLocating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floorsMeasuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machinesJoining pipes and fittings together using soldering techniques, compression fittings, threaded fittings, solvent weld, crimp and push-fit fittings. Testing pipes for leaks using air or water pressure gaugesPaying attention, in all work undertaken, to legal regulations and safety issuesEnsuring that all safety standards and building regulations are met. = United States =Each state and locality may have its own licensing and taxing schemes for plumbers.
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