This six-hour includes an introduction to the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), and covers the important changes made throughout the Code. The major changes to the Code in this update are covered in detail. Many of the minor changes to the code are also covered, however, not as comprehensively on in as much detail.
The class takes the form of 11 lessons:
Introduction to the UPC
This lesson serves as an introduction to the Uniform Plumbing Code, and covers how the UPC is organized, and includes the scope and purpose of each Chapter and Appendix.
Changes to Chapter 2
This lesson covers all of the ways that the terms and definitions in this Chapter were updated, including changes to the terms "Patient Care Space" and "Plumbing System".
Changes to Chapter 3
This lesson covers the major and minor changes to Chapter 3 of the UPC, including the scope and purpose of Chapter 3, the addition of a new Section on "Sound Transmission" and changes to "Installation Practices", with detailed explanations of how the major changes to general regulations impact all aspects of work in the field.
Changes to Chapter 4
This lesson covers the major and minor changes to Chapter 4 of the UPC, Fixtures, Faucets and Fixture Fittings, including how the "Design and Installation of Plumbing Fixtures" was changed.
Changes to Chapter 5
This lesson covers both the major and the minor changes to Chapter 5 of the UPC, including detailed explanations of how the major changes affect installation and maintenance of water heaters, including revisions of "Installation in Residential Garages" and how the major changes made to "Plastic Piping" affect the plumber.
Changes to Chapter 6
This lesson covers a wide number of changes to Water Supply and Distribution, one of the central areas of concern to plumbers, including the requirements of the new Section, "Chemical Dispensers".
Changes to Chapter 7
This lesson covers the major or minor changes to Chapter 7 of the UPC, detailing each update made to the Chapter and explaining how they affect the plumber, including the clearance requirements for cleanouts in piping.
Changes to Chapters 8, 9, and 10 [Indirect/Special Waste; Vents; Traps, Interceptors and Separators]
This lesson covers all of the changes to three Chapters, including requirements for PVC exposed to sunlight, and a new Section, "Trap Seal Primers".
Changes to Chapter 11
This lesson covers the major and minor changes to Chapter 11 on storm drainage, including detailed explanations of how the major changes affect the plumber and how to maintain a storm drainage system in accordance with the current provisions of the UPC.
Changes to Chapter 13
This lesson covers the purpose and standards for Chapter 13 and the major changes to Chapter 13 on Health Care Facilities and Medical Gas and Medical Vacuum Systems, including detailed explanations of how those changes affect the plumber.
Changes to the Appendixes
This lesson covers the major changes to the UPC Appendixes, including their scope and purposes. the current sustainable practices described in Appendix L, and how to utilize the Peak Water Demand Calculator.
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Randy Drake is a licensed, master plumber with over 32 years' experience in the industry. He founded a plumbing business in 1993 which he successfully sold in 2013. He currently works for a plumbing company based in Traverse City, Michigan.