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The Top 3 Tools For Your Plumber’s Tool Kit & MORE

The Top 3 Tools For Your Plumber’s Tool Kit & MORE

Plumber’s Tool Kit

One of the biggest headaches for any homeowner is the dreaded “plumbing problem”. Maybe it’s the faucet that won’t stop dripping. Perhaps it’s the toilet that keeps overflowing no matter how many times you plunge it.

Whatever your plumbing problem is, you should probably call in a professional plumber to get the job done right. However, if you’re a proud handy-Hank or Holly, and you want to see if you can fix things yourself, you’ll need to be prepared.

Let’s take a look inside a plumber’s tool kit so you know exactly what you’ll need.

Priority #1: Safety

  • GOGGLES: Plumbers need to protect their eyes when they get up close and personal to fix leaks or solder pipes.
  • GLOVES: you can imagine some of the less-than-pleasant things a plumber has to handle while on the job. Gloves help keep their hands clean and grip slippery surfaces.
  • HEAT PADS/SHIELDS: if soldering is necessary, these will help keep both the plumber and the environment around them safe from heat.

Wrenches

  • PIPE WRENCH: This wrench is a plumber’s largest wrench and it’s used to tighten and loosen fittings and nuts on pipework.
  • ADJUSTABLE WRENCH: The adjustable wrench has an adjustable jaw to tighten or loosen hexagonal nuts and fittings on pipes. Most plumbers carry the 6- and 10-inch versions of these wrenches.
  • BASIN WRENCH: This T-shaped wrench is specifically for work on faucets. Their long bodies allow plumbers to get into narrow spaces under the sink.
  • FAUCET KEY: This tool isn’t a wrench in the traditional sense; however they are critical tools for any plumber. These x-shaped tools open and close spigots and sillcocks.

Pipework

  • PLIERS: These tools give plumbers the leverage to loosen and tighten nuts and bolts that are too small for a wrench’s grip.
  • HACKSAW: plumbers carry a hacksaw to cut through pipes, wood, nuts, bolts, and screws.
  • PLUMBER’S TORCH: A plumber’s torch is a small, handheld tool that allows a plumber to solder and seal new piping. 
  • PLUMBER’S TAPE: Also known as thread-sealing tape, this tape can be used to patch or prevent leaks at threaded joint connections in piping. It’s stretchy, doesn’t dry out, and is resistant to extreme temperatures.
  • PIPE CUTTERS: These are used when copper or plastic pipes need to be removed, resized, or replaced.

Clearing Clogs

  • PLUNGER: Plumbers come equipped with more heavy-duty plungers (flange and cup plungers) than you’d find in an average home.
  • AUGER: This is a circular, handheld tool used to send a cable down a drain to break apart and clear clogs using a hand crank mechanism.
  • SNAKE: This is the go-to tool for clogs that are just too deep or too stubborn for a hand auger to handle. It’s a larger, motorized tool.

Other Essentials

To be fully prepared, here are a few other essentials most plumber have on hand:

  • A caulking gun and caulk
  • A bucket
  • “Plumber’s Putty”
  • A flashlight
  • Pressure test gauges
  • Tape measure
  • Washers and O-rings
  • Screwdriver
  • Borescope
  • Markers and pencils
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