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Essential Learning Resource for Los Angeles Area Plumbing Students

Effective plumbing instruction involves quality learning material as well as exercises that are engaging and productive. Ritz Plumbing Anaheim is proud to offer a comprehensive, up-to-date and easy to follow textbook to trade schools in Southern California. Teachers and students at schools such as Wyotech, the Los Angeles Trade Tech College or Allan Hancock College will appreciate how content is organized, introduced and explained. It includes basic principles and concepts as well as exercises that are designed to help students remember and recall important information.

New Methods, Traditional Topics

Training future plumbers involves introducing students to time-honored principles as well how new technology, material and applications are shaping the industry. Advances in leak detection, pipeline maintenance and sewage systems are changing how problems are identified and resolved. This book provides a rich and easy to follow introduction to the methods and technology that students will use in the field for many years after becoming certified. This textbook from Los Angeles plumber Ritz Plumbing is designed to enhance the classroom experience of students and teachers alike.

Basic residential and commercial applications are covered in great detail, and students can follow the text with minimal direction from instructors. It is designed to serve as an in-class resource as well as a practical companion that students can review as they are performing hands-on exercises in Santa Monica or Torrence.

Learning Resources Cover the Basics

This resource includes all of the information that new students will need in order to become familiar with basic equipment, tools, products and procedures. Detailed diagrams, step-by-step examples and narratives are included to make the textbook accessible and easy to use.

Simple procedures such as changing leaky pipes, installing residential and commercial plumbing fixtures along with water heater maintenance and repair are covered in great detail. The text seamlessly progresses from basic to more advanced topics such as water main repair and replacement in addition to trenchless sewer repair.

This approach is designed to give students a broad introduction to the trade while also providing specific and important information. It also includes content that aligns with policies and standards that are established by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Easy to Teach, Easy to Learn

Teachers will appreciate how the book is organized and structured. The content can be adapted to fit condensed and intensive programs along with traditional 16-week course schedules.

This resource is designed to be simple yet challenging. Explanations are easy to follow, and the text is written in a way that will speak to the average student. Teachers can spend less time trying to explain vague concepts and difficult to decipher diagrams and focus on teaching concepts instead. Students can refer to the text as a way to support their overall learning without trying to understand what is being related in the book.

Appropriate, relevant and current learning materials are an essential component of an effective and engaging training program. Southern California trade programs can benefit from a current, concise, comprehensive and engaging resource. Learn more today, and discover how this textbook can make the job of teaching and learning much more productive.

If you are interested to read more about the role of text books and the trend towards online learning resources, you can read an interesting article here-

Before the digital age we now live in, students and scholars could often be found with their nose inside a textbook. Without all the digital media which students now have access to, how would one see video footage or photographs of other people, places, and things without opening a book? Nowadays, what can we read in a textbook that we can't see done on a video shared across the internet? Why not look for photos or videos shared by someone who visited the Grand Canyon or even the Great Pyramids of Egypt? We can type some words into a search box, even filtering our results and allowing us to narrow down results to images.

Another reason that we are seeing a trend toward online resources over textbooks is the ability for users across the internet to create and share content. The best way to learn is to teach, and with the right tools like a GoPro Hero 3 Camera attached to a GoPro tripod, any user can take pictures of their surroundings and, using the wi-fi built into the camera and available apps and software, share their highquality photos. With a GoPro wrist mount, hobbyists and professionals alike can take their camera with them anywhere. Because it's waterproof and lies against the wrist, it's an ideal option for those who like to learn by getting outdoors, surfing, skiing, or hiking the places only discussed in textbooks. With the portability of a smartphone tripod, the same camera can be hooked up to take great still photographs or shoot steady video, perfect for sharing as an online resource for others. Photographers can attach their camera to a GoPro stick or GoPro pole for unique angles in photographs and videos that get closer to the action, encouraging people to stop tediously skimming through many pages of a textbook for one semi-decent photograph that doesn't convey the awe inspired by the Grand Canyon or the grandeur of the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

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