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Plumbing (from the Latin plumbum for lead) is the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures for drinking water systems and the drainage of waste. A plumber is someone who installs or repairs piping systems, plumbing fixtures and equipment.


  • An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
    • John W. Gardner, President, Carnegie Corporation, "Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too?", p. 86 (1961)
  • I long to create something
    that can’t be used to keep us passive:
    I want to write
    a script about plumbing, how every pipe
    is joined
    to every other.
    • Adrienne Rich, U.S. poet and feminist. “Essential Resources,” lines 17-22 (1973)

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