Assembling Your Plumber's Toolbox

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ February 15, 2010

If you're a staunch do-it-yourselfer, you don't want to scrimp on plumbing tools. Like most every tool in the box, when it comes to plumbing tools I've found that the greater the quality you can afford outright, the less you spend on replacing broken tools. Of course, that doesn't matter when it comes to washers, tape, or o-rings, but why be a cheapskate when it comes to wrenches, saws, and pliers?

I surfed the web to find what other sources consider indispensable plumbing tools. Repair Home lists pipe wrenches, seat wrenches, pipe cutters, plungers, snakes, WD40, and Channel pliers among the must-have gear for working around pipes and water pressure.

Plumber's tape and joint compound are fundamental assets if you have to deal with burst pipes or other plumbing jobs that require attaching pipes. I'd have to say from experience that having a small tackle box of washers, tape, and rings has saved my hide a number of times.

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Popular Mechanics, that stalwart of suggestions, has a more comprehensive list. The publication recommends adding a number of tools that I think can help with much more than plumbing--hence deserve your consideration--for instance, a propane torch. A self-igniting model makes copper and metal joinery a lot simpler if you plan on doing it yourself.

The hacksaw, more than useful around home renovation and outdoor repair, is hearty enough to handle metal or plastic pipe as well as spare you agony when it comes to removing defiant hardware. Channel locks pliers are as common in resolving plumbing woes as well as breaking loose stubbornly joined parts in auto repair.

The magazine also recommends you buy several metal files to clean up the ends of cut pipe. You should have a a rat-tail file as well as half-round file so that you can handle burrs of all types and widths. To handle hex nuts, pick up a sturdy adjustable wrench or two. Shop for a wrench that holds tight under stress. It won't set you back too far to buy a good one.

Once you own a fair set of tools, you're not only in business to tackle repairs, you're well armed for routine preventative plumbing jobs. Using your snake or auger occasionally can keep things flowing from sinks or toilets. Check for loose connections or drips along the entire line through your crawlspace or cellar and tighten up the ship against the elements!

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