Guide to Heating and Plumbing

Guide to Heating and Plumbing

Plumbing Tools for Beginners
29.03.2016 18:38

These plumbing tools are essential to every DIY or emergency project you’d want to try the next time the need arises.

At some point in their lives, all tenants or homeowners must deal with an obstructed kitchen sink, a dripping faucet, a running toilet, and the most common of them all, water leaks. Even if you can rely on an expert plumber to fix everything all the time, there are certain instances where it is actually possible for you to fix these problems on your own and save yourself from paying expensive professional fees without compromising your safety. But you can only do this feat if you have the right plumbing tools at home to help you carry out these fixes in a jiffy.

You can purchase many of these plumbing tools essential in every home from your nearby hardware store. Here are the following fundamental plumbing tools everyone should have in their homes in case of an emergency.

  • Plunger–considered as the best friend of plumbers, it is a handy plumbing tool for all homes out there. This one is the first plumbing tool you grab in case of a clogged sink, toilet, tub, shower, and floor drains. You use a plunger by pressing it down a surface to establish a tight seal around the drain before subsequently pulling it upward. Your aim is to remove the clog with the help of a vacuum and not push it even further.
  • Adjustable Wrench–this one is another multifunctional plumbing tool necessary in turning hex-shaped nuts on supply lines, compression fittings, and similar plumbing fixtures. It is advisable to purchase at least two sizes of this tool, a 6-inch, and 10-inch variety. Heed this tip when purchasing adjustable wrenches, inspect if the moving jaw does not slip loose below the torque.
  • Closet Auger–it is a manually-operated clog clearing plumbing tool specially made for clogged toilets. It has a long, sturdy cable capable of grinding the most persistent clog.
  • Pipe Wrench –it is a big and heavy wrench utilized in turning threaded pipes, nuts, and fittings. As is the case, you need a couple of these pipe wrenches, one for holding and the other for turning. Be cautious when using this tool so as not to damage a plumbing fixture’s outer layer with the wrench’s serrated teeth. Meanwhile, wrap a cloth on the jaws of a wrench when working on powder or chrome-coated parts to protect its finish. Again, buy a couple of these such as the 10-inch and 14-inch ones.
  • Basin Wrench –you utilize this plumbing tool in tightening loose nuts holding a sink faucet together. It has a swiveling jaw and a long shaft capable of reaching above and further among deep and tight spaces such as the back of a sink and attach onto the nuts.
  • Tongue-and-groove Pliers –plumbers always rely on this tool when grabbing, pulling, twisting, holding, or loosening something. Again, secure two sizes of this plumbing tool, a 10-inch, and 12-inch ones.
  • Plumber’s Snake–this is the next tool you grab after a plunger fails in removing a clog. This hand-cranked tool will snake its way down your drain. It has a 25-foot steel cable that proves to be flexible in clearing clogs from sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and along the pipe.
  • Hacksaw –hacksaws are helpful when cutting through metal, screws, pipes, nuts and bolts, especially PVC pipes. Ensure that when doing delicate cutting jobs, its blade is tense in the frame. Also, have a supply of extra blades just in case you need more. If you are cutting somewhere narrow, wrap a cloth around one end so that you have something to grip even before slipping in the blade.
  • Tubing Cutter–they are extremely helpful when cutting through copper pipes. Purchase both a close-quarter mini cutter for narrow spaces and the regular sized tubing cutter for most jobs.
  • Metal File–once you’re done cutting a metal pipe, take care of burrs and smoothen its edges with the aid of a metal file. Again, secure two of its sizes, a rat-tail file for round and tapered ends as well as a half-round with a flat and rounded surface.
  • Propane Torch –in case you must sweat a copper pipe and its fittings, grab a propane torch that has a self-igniting head that works when the trigger is squeezed. When it comes to convenience, a match or striker is not at par with this plumbing tool.
  • Fire-resistant Cloth –it is a thick and specialized cloth that can protect volatile surfaces when you solder it with an open-flame propane torch. Another practical tip, have a fire extinguisher close by.

It’s good to have all these plumbing tools that can help you pull-off quick yet efficient plumbing fixes without calling a plumber for help. But it won’t hurt if you also store more fundamental home-repair tool staples like a hammer, screwdrivers, safety goggles, utility knife, tape measure, work gloves, drill drivers, and more importantly, a toolbox where you can put them all together. Here are some tips on how to find the best plumbing supplies for your home


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