A new version of the merit badge pamphlet for this merit badge, with some revised requirements, was issued during 2004 after the 2004 edition of BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS was issued.

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  1. Do the following:
    1. Describe how a properly working plumbing system protects our family's health and safety.
    2. List five important local health regulations related to plumbing and tell how they protect health and safety.
    3. Describe the safety precautions you must take when making home plumbing repairs.
  2. 1. Do the following:
    1. Make a drawing and explain how a home the way hot- and cold- water supply system in your home or that of a neighbor works. Tell how you would make it safe from freezing.
    2. Make a drawing and explain the drainage system of the plumbing in a house. Show and explain the use of drains and vents.
  3. 2. Show how to use five important plumber's tools.
  4. 3. Identify and describe the use of each of the following: washer, cap nut, force cup, half-and-half  retaining nut, plunger (rubber force cup), solder, flux, elbow, tee, nipple, float, coupling, plug, union, trap, drainpipe, and water meter.
  5. 4. Tell what Name the kinds of pipe that are used most often used in a plumbing system. Explain Tell why these pipes are used.
  6. 5. Cut, thread, and connect two pieces of steel galvanized pipe.
  7. 6. Under the supervision of a knowledgeable adult, Using a gas torch under supervision, solder three copper tube connections using a gas torch. Include one tee, two straight pieces, and one coupling.
  8. 7. Do the following:
    1. Replace a washer in a faucet.
    2. Clean out a sink or lavatory trap.
    8. Make a list of five important local health regulations related to plumbing.

BSA Advancement ID#: 86
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2004
Requirements last revised 2004

Page updated on: November 18, 2021

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