Be prepared for your next plumbing project with these top 10 plumbing tools you need in your toolbox! A well-stocked toolbox of necessary tools means you’ll be ready to handle just about any simple plumbing problem that comes your way.
Homeowners encounter common plumbing, water heaters, or sewer & main line problems every day. While some plumbing problems are complex and require a professional hand and specialized plumbing tools, some problems are simpler: clogged sinks, leaky pipes, or plugged-up toilets can be turned into DIY jobs. However, before you can start your plumbing project, it’s essential to be prepared.
Here are the ten power plumbing tools that are necessary for your plumbing project that you should always keep in your toolbox.
- Basin Wrench
The tool’s long shaft and swiveling jaw can work in hard-to-reach spaces behind the sink. It can tighten and loosen nuts on sink faucets; no other tool can do what this one does.
- Adjustable Wrench
This handy tool is an essential for working on supply lines, compression fittings, and another plumbing parts that have hexagonal-shaped nuts. Six- and 10-inch adjustable wrenches are available, and both should be owned.
This tool is the big brother of the Adjustable Wrench. It is used to tighten and loosen threaded pipes, fittings, and nuts. Having two of this will make life simpler as you can use one to grip the pipe while you use the other one to tighten or loosen the fitting.
- Flange & Cup Plungers
Sinks, toilets, and shower/bathtubs drain can all quickly clog at any time, and this is the first tool to grab when you need to dislodge clogs. Every household should have at least one, so you’re not out of luck when a clog happens.
- Hand Auger
Sometimes called a plumber’s snake, this hand-cranked drain-clearing tool has a 25-feet-long flexible steel cable that’s effective at removing obstructions from showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, and drain lines. Resort to this when the plunger fails to clear the clog.
- Tongue-and-Groove Pliers
This versatile tool is perfect for getting a grip, pull, twist, hold, tighten, or loosen something. Be sure to get two sizes: 10-inches and 12-inches.
Smooth the edges of a cut metal pipes with a metal file. It’s best to have two files on your toolbox: half-round file has rounded and flat surfaces, while a rat-tail file is a round and tapered shape.
Also known as Teflon or Thread seal tape, this tool is perfect for ensuring a good seal on threaded pipes (commonly used on faucet supply lines and showerheads).
Cut through metal pipes, hardware, screws, nuts and bolts, and plastic pipes using this tool. When handling difficult cuts, make sure the blade is tense for easier use.
This key instrument provides the quickest, cleanest way to cut copper pipe. Consider having both a standard tubing cutter as well as a mini-cutter. Use the mini-cutter for tight, hard-to-reach places.
While these tools may cover many minor projects, if you think you might be doing more advanced plumbing work, contact The Smart Choice professionals in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada at 888-671-7767 or email us at [email protected]. We’ve done it all!