Journeyman Plumber Exam Preparation: Introduction by R. Dodge Woodson, Master Plumber, Author and Educator
When you sit for the Journeyman Plumbing Exam it is a huge step in your financial future. Those of you who are testing for a journeyman license will find the world opens up to you for job opportunities. The income will be unlike anything you experienced during your apprentice period. Individuals taking an exam to earn a master plumber license are jumping to the top of the heap. If they pass, they have a world of opportunities in front of them. Of course, every master plumber has to get past the journeyman level to achieve the ultimate goal.
Apprentices seem to have it made. They can be licensed immediately. All they have to do is work under the direct supervision of a licensed plumber or attend a suitable vocational school. In some cases they do both. But any plumber in the trade knows that the money kicks in with a journeyman license.
As a journeyman plumber, you do not have to worry about piping designs and sizing. That is left to the master plumbers. The vast majority of plumbers in the business hold a journeyman license. This license allows them to work with indirect supervision. That makes a journeyman more valuable to an employer.
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Journeyman Plumber Test Question Samples
1) Assume that you are installing a tub waste and overflow. It is a brass device that will be connected with slip nuts and washers. You know how to install the waste and overflow on the bathing unit in a way that it is designed to be installed. Which of the following are you also required to know?
A) A waste-and-overflow installation that is connected with slip nuts is required to be accessible.
B) All waste-and-overflow connections require access panels.
C) A waste-and-overflow assembly must be readily accessible.
D) Tub wastes and overflows are not allowed to be connected with nylon washers under the slip nuts.
2) The minimum diameter of a drain for a lavatory is ______.
A) 1.25 inches
B) 1.5 inches
C) 2 inches
D) 2.5 inches
3) Assume that you have several jobs scheduled for next week. Some of them require the replacement of existing fixtures. In all cases the new fixtures will be installed in the same location of the fixture being replaced. Which of the following will require the issuance of a plumbing permit and a code inspection?
A) Toilet replacement
B) Shower replacement
C) Water heater replacement
D) None of the above
4) When is a relief vent required?
A) When a fixture will carry clear waste
B) When a trap arm's length between a fixture trap and the trap's vent exceeds the maximum allowable distance
C) When a drain has a diameter of less than two inches
D) When a drain will carry the waste of two lavatories with only one vent
5) Gray water can be collected from _______ to be used as recycled gray water for special uses.
A) Bathtubs and showers
B) Clothes washers and laundry trays
C) Both A and B
D) None of the above
6) When a drain-waste-and-vent (DWV) system is a new installation, and being tested, the test must be maintained for a minimum of ________ minutes.
7) An air gap is the most positive type of protection against backflow.
True / False
8) The only fixtures allowed to be fitted with island vents are sinks and lavatories.
True / False
9) Assume that you are installing rough-in plumbing for an automatic clothes washer. The minimum size of the drain is required to be two inches in diameter. An indirect waste is required. It must be trapped and vented. The standpipe receptor that will receive the drainage from the washing machine must be a minimum of 18 inches tall. And, the standpipe is not allowed to be more than 36 inches tall.
True / False
10) Sewers and water services are not allowed to be installed in a common trench.
True / False
A waste-and-overflow assembly that is connected with slip nuts and washers is required to be accessible. This is normally accomplished with the use of a removable access panel. When waste and overflows are connected with solid joints, such as solvent-weld joints, they are not required to be accessible.
Lavatories are required to have drains that have a minimum diameter of 1.25 inches.
Most fixtures can be replaced with new fixtures without the need for a permit as long as the new fixture is installed in the exact location of the fixture being replaced. And exception to this is a water heater. Any water heater replacement requires a plumbing permit and code inspection.
Relief vents are required when trap arms exceed the maximum allowable distance between a vent and the trap that it is serving.
The drainage from bathtubs, showers, lavatories, clothes washers and laundry trays can be collected to be used as recycled gray water. This recycled gray water can be used to flush toilet and urinals. It can also be used for landscape irrigation purposes.
DWV systems can be tested with air or water. The testing must be maintained for a minimum of 15 minutes without losing test pressure. Testing must include both the drainage and venting systems.
There are many types of backflow preventers. They include vacuum breakers, reduced-pressure-principal backflow preventer, and others. Air breaks are also used to prevent backflow. But, an air gap is the most positive form of backflow protection.
Island vents are only allowed for installation on sinks and lavatories.
Nearly everything in the scenario above is true. However, the correct answer has to be that the statement as presented is false. The last sentence says that the standpipe height cannot me more than 36 inches tall. This is not true. The standpipe can be up to 42 inches in height
Water services can be installed in a common trench with a sewer under certain circumstances. Normally a shelf is made along the side of the trench to house the water service. The bottom of the water service pipe must be at least 12 inches above the sewer pipe in this type of arrangement. Another option is for the two pipes to be installed at the same level in the bed of the trench. When this is the case there must be a minimum of five feet of either undisturbed or compacted dirt separating the two. The only other method is to sleeve the water service so that the sleeve extends at least five feet on each side of the sewer that a water service is crossing horizontally.
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