Know the difference between a plunger and a pipe wrench, or a toilet snake and a P-trap? If you consider yourself a master of all things plumbing, take this quiz to show off your skills!
Believe it or not, indoor plumbing is a relatively new phenomenon. As recently as 1940, half of U.S. homes lacked hot water, bathtubs and showers -- and a full one out of three homes didn't yet have a flushing toilet, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. While these modern conveniences are just a few generations old, people today would find themselves hard pressed to live without them.
That's good news for those with the capacity to install, maintain and repair these systems. It means there will always be plenty of jobs in the field, and those who choose this career can expect a median salary of $52,000 as of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sure, there may be some downsides -- clogged toilets, anyone? -- but plumbing is so much more than dealing with sewage. It's planning and installing the piping systems that will carry hot and cold water in and take waste out of homes and buildings for proper processing. It requires not only being good with your hands, but also soft skills like sales, marketing and even basic math and accounting.
Think you've got what it takes to properly wield that pipe wrench? Take this quiz to find out!