The Plumbing ClipArt gallery offers 53 illustrations of household plumbing fixtures and related items.

Showing the general arrangement of the proposed outdoor hydro-electric station.

Arrangement of Station

Showing the general arrangement of the proposed outdoor hydro-electric station.

A bathtub is a plumbing fixture used for bathing. This free-standing tub was patented in 1895.

Metal Body Bath Tub

A bathtub is a plumbing fixture used for bathing. This free-standing tub was patented in 1895.

Most modern bathtubs are made of acrylic or fiberglass, but alternatives are available in enamel over steel or cast iron, and occasionally waterproof finished wood. A bathtub is usually placed in a bathroom either as a stand-alone fixture or in conjunction with a shower.

Sitz Bath Tub

Most modern bathtubs are made of acrylic or fiberglass, but alternatives are available in enamel over…

An illustration of a porcelain claw foot bathtub.

Porcelain Claw Foot Bathtub

An illustration of a porcelain claw foot bathtub.

An example of cross water channel, set off-center.

Channel

An example of cross water channel, set off-center.

A form of Clepsydra ascribed to the ancient Egyptians.

Clepsydra

A form of Clepsydra ascribed to the ancient Egyptians.

A hollow sphere of ball attached to the end of a lever, which turns the stop—cock of a water pipe and regulates the supply of water.

Ball Cock

A hollow sphere of ball attached to the end of a lever, which turns the stop—cock of a water pipe…

An example of cross water channel asymmetrically aligned.

Cross Water Channel

An example of cross water channel asymmetrically aligned.

A device used for holding a gas or water main in position while it is tapped for a service pipe.

Crow

A device used for holding a gas or water main in position while it is tapped for a service pipe.

Cross section of Ashoken Dam.

Dam

Cross section of Ashoken Dam.

This is a plumbing fixture, with disposing system, intended for the disposal of bodily wastes.

Bathing Device

This is a plumbing fixture, with disposing system, intended for the disposal of bodily wastes.

A combination pumping and electric-light plant driven by a gravity waterwheel.

Electric Plant

A combination pumping and electric-light plant driven by a gravity waterwheel.

A device for regulating the flow of a liquid from a reservoir such as a pipe or drum.

Bib Cock Faucet

A device for regulating the flow of a liquid from a reservoir such as a pipe or drum.

This faucet includes a self closing faucet handle having an escapement mechanism in series with both a release ratchet and a slip clutch to provide ease in turning on the faucet and the option of a quick manual closing of the faucet valve. The ratchet escapement mechanism and slip clutch are all concealed within the shell of a blade handle that is rotated between the on and off positions.

Self Closing Faucet

This faucet includes a self closing faucet handle having an escapement mechanism in series with both…

This is a valve controlling faucet used in the release of liquids or gas.

Valve Faucet

This is a valve controlling faucet used in the release of liquids or gas.

"A filter to strain out the germs at the house tap. Such a filter must be cleaned and boiled weekly." —Davison, 1910

Tap water filter

"A filter to strain out the germs at the house tap. Such a filter must be cleaned and boiled weekly."…

Low-head, vertical water wheel generator station.

Generator

Low-head, vertical water wheel generator station.

A low-head, horizontal-turbo-generator-unit installation.

Generator Installation

A low-head, horizontal-turbo-generator-unit installation.

Section C-C. Through generator platform.

Generator Platform

Section C-C. Through generator platform.

A homemade shower from the late 19th century.

Homemade Shower

A homemade shower from the late 19th century.

"How the sewer pipes are arranged in a house to carry off the waste and prevent sewer gas from entering the rooms." —Davison, 1910

Sewage pipes of house

"How the sewer pipes are arranged in a house to carry off the waste and prevent sewer gas from entering…

A cross-section of the Edison Electric Company's hydro-electric station at Kern River, California, containing four 10,750 h.p. Allis-Chalmers impulse wheels.

Impulse Wheels

A cross-section of the Edison Electric Company's hydro-electric station at Kern River, California, containing…

Sectional elevation of the Keokuk hydro-electric station.

Keokuk

Sectional elevation of the Keokuk hydro-electric station.

A clepsydra, which is a device used to draw liquid from places too large to part, and utilizes air pressure to transport liquid from one container to another.

Liquid

A clepsydra, which is a device used to draw liquid from places too large to part, and utilizes air pressure…

A small structure away from a main building used as a bathroom.

Outhouse

A small structure away from a main building used as a bathroom.

A rear and side view of an outhouse.

Outhouse

A rear and side view of an outhouse.

Any long tube or hollow body.

Pipe

Any long tube or hollow body.

The waste water from the various appliances, fixtures, and taps is transferred to the waste and sewage removal system via the sewage drain system. This system consists of larger diameter piping, water traps, and is well vented to prevent toxic gases from entering the living space. The plumbing drains and vents article discusses the topic further, and introduces sewage treatment.

Waste Water Trap Pipe

The waste water from the various appliances, fixtures, and taps is transferred to the waste and sewage…

Illustrating the principle of the reaction wheel. (Shows a cylinder-gate, horizontal-type turbine mounted in a steel flume.)

Reaction Wheel

Illustrating the principle of the reaction wheel. (Shows a cylinder-gate, horizontal-type turbine mounted…

A diagram of a septic tank.

Septic tank

A diagram of a septic tank.

"Diagram of the main parts of a sewerage system." —Kinne, 1920

Sewerage system

"Diagram of the main parts of a sewerage system." —Kinne, 1920

Sinks generally have faucets that supply hot and cold water and may include a spray feature to be used for faster rinsing. They also include a drain to remove used water; this drain include a shut off device and an overflow-prevention device.

Generic Bathroom Sink

Sinks generally have faucets that supply hot and cold water and may include a spray feature to be used…

A Hydro-electric station of the Cedar Rapids (Canada) Manufacturing and Power Company.

Station

A Hydro-electric station of the Cedar Rapids (Canada) Manufacturing and Power Company.

A flush tank is a tank which holds water for flushing one or more plumbing fixtures.

Flush Tank

A flush tank is a tank which holds water for flushing one or more plumbing fixtures.

A flush toilet is a toilet that disposes of human waste by using water to flush it through a drainpipe to another location. Flushing mechanisms are found more often on western toilets (used in the sitting position), but many squat toilets also are made for automated flushing.

Water Closet Flushing Tank

A flush toilet is a toilet that disposes of human waste by using water to flush it through a drainpipe…

Water tap or faucet.

Tap

Water tap or faucet.

A contrivance to prevent the escape of foul air from drains, while allowing the passage of water into them.

Drain Trap

A contrivance to prevent the escape of foul air from drains, while allowing the passage of water into…

A contrivance to prevent the escape of foul air from drains, while allowing the passage of water into them.

Drain Trap

A contrivance to prevent the escape of foul air from drains, while allowing the passage of water into…

A contrivance to prevent the escape of foul air from drains, while allowing the passage of water into them.

Drain Trap

A contrivance to prevent the escape of foul air from drains, while allowing the passage of water into…

Sectional elevation of the 31,000 h.p. turbo generator units used in the Yadkin River development (North Carolina) of the Tallassee Power Company.

Turbo Generator

Sectional elevation of the 31,000 h.p. turbo generator units used in the Yadkin River development (North…

A concical valve.

Valve

A concical valve.

A valve in which a plug with a transverse hole in it fitting into a hollow pipe.

Valve

A valve in which a plug with a transverse hole in it fitting into a hollow pipe.

This is a valve which regulates the flow of a fluid by opening, closing, or partially obstructing various passageways.

Valve

This is a valve which regulates the flow of a fluid by opening, closing, or partially obstructing various…

The valve closet has a valve or flap at the exit of the bowl with a water-tight seal to retain a pool of water in the pan. When the toilet is flushed, the valve is opened and the water in the pan flows rapidly out of the bowl into the drains, carrying the waste with it.

Water Valve Closet

The valve closet has a valve or flap at the exit of the bowl with a water-tight seal to retain a pool…

A valve with a single flap, hinged at one edge, and consisting of a plate of leather a little larger than the valve aperture, used in pumps.

Clack Valve

A valve with a single flap, hinged at one edge, and consisting of a plate of leather a little larger…

This valve is a tool which is able to regulate the flow of either liquids or gases. Works by either opening, closing, or semi obstructing the current passageway of substance.

Faucet Valve

This valve is a tool which is able to regulate the flow of either liquids or gases. Works by either…

Cold air flows up through the pipe (a) and is heated by stove (b) enclosed in sheet iron (c). The smoke stack e warms the air about it in brick flue (f) and thus draws the foul air through the opening (d).

Ventilation

Cold air flows up through the pipe (a) and is heated by stove (b) enclosed in sheet iron (c). The smoke…

A siphon discharge cistern is provided in which the cistern can be discharged either partially or fully with the necessity of the operator waiting until the flushing action is completed.

Water Closet Cistern

A siphon discharge cistern is provided in which the cistern can be discharged either partially or fully…

A toilet that disposes of the waste by using water to flush it through a drainpipe to another location.

Flushing Device for Water Closet

A toilet that disposes of the waste by using water to flush it through a drainpipe to another location.

The term water closet was an early term for a room with a toilet. Originally, the term bath room referred only to the room where the bathtub was located, which was usually a separate room, but this connotation has changed.

Popularized Water Closet

The term water closet was an early term for a room with a toilet. Originally, the term bath room referred…

A water tap.

Water Tap

A water tap.

A gravity-type waterwheel, the most efficient wheel for very low heads and small quantities of water.

Waterwheel

A gravity-type waterwheel, the most efficient wheel for very low heads and small quantities of water.

A man using a well to draw water from the ground.

Well

A man using a well to draw water from the ground.