6 Essential Plumbing Tools You Need to Include in Your Tool Kit
While you may not be a handyman or a plumber by profession, it still helps to have your own tool kit at home for your DIY projects, quick fixing tasks, and emergency plumbing problems. When it comes to plumbing, there are a few key tools that you should always have in your tool box to take care of that sudden faucet leak or clogged-up kitchen sink.
What tools do you need to have on hand in order to take care of simple plumbing issues yourself without having to call a handyman for help? Here are six of the essentials you should never do without:
Hacksaw – when you get one, there is no need for you to try and get what is considered “top-of-the-line” or what they say is the best one. Look for one that has a comfortable grip and can securely hold the blade in place. You might also want to include a couple of spare blades in there to ensure that you always have sharp blades for your plumbing needs. This is used to cut PVC pipes.
Adjustable wrench – also called a crescent wrench, this has a mechanism that allows you to loosen or tighten the jaws, and this mechanism is located at the base of these jaws. You simply spin the adjusting wheel one way to tighten and the opposite way to loosen. Aside from helping tighten or loosen pipes and connectors, it can also be used on different sized nuts and bolts.
Vise grip pliers – some people calling this locking pliers, and this is because once you engage the tool’s mechanism, it will lock in-place and become immovable unless you release the lock. This tool has a rotating knob at its base, which is used to adjust the opening of the jaws. A uniquely versatile tool, vise grip pliers can be used to replace a number of tools you might not have on hand, such as a ratchet, a clamp, pliers, and pipe wrench.
Pipe wrench – this is a heavy tool used to loosen and tighten pipes, nuts, and fittings, as the name implies. This tool has serrated teeth in its jaws, which help give it a proper grip, but can easily damage the finish of your fixtures if used incorrectly. To ensure that you don’t scratch anything you use this tool on, it is advisable that you protect the surface of your fixtures with cloth before clamping this wrench on. To tighten the jaws of this very heavy tool, there is a nut attached to the hook jaw, which you can rotate one way to tighten and another way to loosen.
Needle-nose pliers – this is a tool that crafters and electricians use with fine wires, and is also essential to plumbing. This is often used in plumbing for small and tight areas. It is often used to grip small nuts or bolts and is ideal for detailed work. These may not be an obvious choice when you need to fix your plumbing problems, but these are very handy when there is a need to grip some of the smaller parts of your fixtures.
Tongue-and-groove pliers – another kind of pliers you will need for plumbing. It is sometimes called groove joint pliers, water pump pliers, and arc-joint pliers. These are used for gripping pipes and do so with jaws that are at a 90-degree angle. It is advisable that you buy these in two sizes, 10-inch and 12-inch.
Aside from these tools, it is also necessary for you to have some of the accessories that are needed for repairing your plumbing with. These include plumber’s tape (also called Teflon tape), plumber’s putty, caulking gun and caulk, PVC primer, and silicone. A good metal file and some sand paper may also come in handy when you need to remove any sharp edges or burrs from hacksawed PVC pipes.
While it is a good idea for you to have these tools on hand for emergency plumbing purposes, it is best to consult with a professional when it comes to more complex plumbing issues. When you find that your fix is only a band-aid solution that will last only temporarily, it is ideal that you get in touch with a professional, like the plumbers at Handy Crew, for your major plumbing repair and installation. Contact us today so we can help you with your plumbing repairs and maintenance needs.