Every homeowner should possess the necessary plumbing tools in order to perform emergency do-it-yourself tasks around the home. Sometimes, there is simply no way to predict when a plumbing project or emergency might arise. And, with the plumbing supplies and knowledge at your disposal, you could very well save hundreds of pounds that you would otherwise be required to spend on a plumber.
The following are a series of tools which every DIY plumber should have on hand:
The first of these is the pipe wrench, which is essential for the rotating and gripping of pipe fittings and threaded pipes. These wrenches, which are available in a variety of sizes, are specifically designed for this purpose with their toothed jaws which are able to be adjusted to fit different requirements. Make sure that, when using the wrench, the force is not being applied against the adjustable jaw as this could damage the wrench.
These wrenches can be used to fit varying sizes of fittings and bolts as well as nuts. These wrenches can also be purchased in varying sizes, although a DIY plumber usually only requires a wrench of no more than 12” in length. As is the case with the pipe wrench, make sure that any force is being exerted against the fixed and not the adjustable jaw.
These pliers are excellent for jobs which require clamping. Locking pliers can be used to lock a pipe or bolt and are adjustable through the use of the screw present in one of the handles.
These pliers can be used in a variety of projects which include the turning of nuts, fittings and pipes such as is needed to tighten pipes to prevent leakage. These pliers can also be adjusted by moving the pivot into varying positions on the pliers. This allows for the objects in question to be gripped firmly within the pliers.
Having a variety of pipe cutters is highly useful. Depending upon the type, these cutters can cut through steel, copper, and other materials used in piping. Other types of cutters are also available which can cut flexible and rigid plastic tubing such as is found in sprinkler pipes.
Most homeowners already possess screwdrivers as they can be used in a variety of capacities. Not surprisingly, the screwdriver is also an essential part of plumbing maintenance. In order to disassemble appliances or replace faucets, a screwdriver is indispensable. The best option is a 4-in-1 screwdriver which can be used in many different ways. Make sure that the head of the screwdriver matches the screw as closely as possible. Otherwise, either the screw or the screw driver might become damaged.
Tools to Clear Drains
Drains get clogged all the time. Therefore, it is a good idea to have the tools that are necessary to unclog toilets and drains. These tools include toilet augers, plungers, drain augers, and hydraulic blow bags. If an underground drain outside your property becomes blocked, it’s usually best calling a professional drain cleaning company rather than taking the DIY route.
Another essential component of a plumping tool kit, the best choice for a measuring tape is a retractable 25 foot tape that is composed of steel so it does not require support when at a distance.