Modern plumbing is a very convenient system. But if you have lived in a home for long enough, you will need to know how to fix some of the minor plumbing problems. Because if you call a professional plumbing service for every clog and leak that appear, the holes will start appearing, but in your pockets. Don’t panic though. Most of the time, plumbing works are easy enough to do them yourself. You just need the right tool. Today, I want to share some basic tools that you will need for DIY plumbing.
Hacksaw is vital for any plumbing job. There are a lot of many different sizes of hacksaws. The standard 20 inch big hacksaws are useful for cutting metal pipes, plastic parts, and sewer pipes.
A small hacksaw is a god’s gift for those who need to install water and heat meters c a must for those recurrent jobs where plumbing and heating combine. Also useful for sawing pipes of small diameter too, they can be used to saw off pipes in inaccessible places, cut the thread, and turn on the tap. Besides small handsaws can saw off a steel pipe fifteenth times faster than a large one.
2. Universal Screwdriver
No complex and expensive plumbing fixture hardware and parts are needed for this one. The next most important tool for the plumbing is a universal screwdriver — as the name suggests, this may be the most universal tool for plumbing in the whole world.
In old days, you would have need a long range of different screwdrivers for different screws. But with modern plumbing technology, screwdrivers have evolved to a more plural usage, working with most varieties of screws.
3. Adjustable Wrench
The adjustable wrench is mainly used for tightening nuts and removing angle stops. They’re not as popular as others, in spite of having an adjustable mouth useful for all kind of plumbing fixtures. But the truth is that it is not such a handy tool as it may seem at first glance.
Its disadvantages involve shortages like a significant backlash of the movable lip and frequent jamming of the adjusting screw. This increases the possibility of a key breaking off with a wrinkled corner of the nut and increases the time it takes to complete any work, if not handled properly.
This is something that most people beginning to do DIY plumbing in their homes may not know, and increasing the chance of causing more damage while working with this tool. Yet it still remains very useful in those cases where there is no open-end wrench of the desired size and maybe need to fix low water pressure. So its always better to learn some basic knowledge of plumbing to reduce the possibility of messing up.
4. Pipe Wrench
Piper wrench is another useful tool when you have low water pressure in your house. This plumbing tool can help connect, tighten and loosen pipes, and work with rounded parts. Modern pipe wrenches, included in the main tooling list of the plumber, can be either sliding, lever, or cap and chain.
For any plumbing job, you will have to cut different kinds of material. So having different kinds of knives can be useful. I recommend having at least three different types. The usual kitchen knife is useful to cut sheets of polystyrene, polyethylene, and bread for lunch. Hacksaw blade knives are convenient for splitting wooden bars and cleaning paint from steel pipes.
Another important tool for your plumbing toolbox. I usually chose hammers with plastic handles, as the wooden handle cracks often, making the iron part of the hammer jump off the handle and cause serious injuries. It is also necessary to remember that when working with a hammer it is important to use protective glasses.
Every DIY plumber should have a chisel. The chisel is necessary for cutting out products from metal sheets; chisels twist the broken threads of fittings, unscrew nuts, and so on. There are three different types of chisel: round files, flat, and triangular.
While on plumbing works, it is necessary to saw or clean the fittings, threads, and pipes from paint, rust, and irregularities. To do this, use round file chisels.
8. Putty Knife
Since plumbers often have to cover themselves with water outlets in the grooves, I recommend purchasing a small scraper. When buying, pay attention to the thickness and elasticity of the metal blade. Otherwise, the scraper will hardly bend or do it too much. For both cases, there would be inconveniences in the work.
9. Chain Key
Used for dismantling and installation of pipes. The newest models of the chain key have double jaws, which provide the quick action of the ratchet type. Variable alloy steel sponges are designed for heavy loads and a forged handle with a steel sponge for small ones.
10. Step Wrench
The step wrench is designed for mounting short crane extensions and radiator nipples. It is made of chrome-vanadium steel.
11. Measuring instruments
Forget about the plumber vs. electrician dilemma. You will encounter many moments when plumbing and electrical works doesn’t differentiate from each other, as this are maybe the most indispensable plumbing tools for those moments. Chances are you will have to do some measuring for any plumbing work.
These 11 plumbing tools will cover most repairing works. But if you want to make sure you have everything you need then you can also buy any basic plumbing tools set. But anyway, if you’re still thinking that this DIY plumbing is not for you, you can always reach out to us for any plumbing service or look for the number of a professional plumber on the yellow pages – we won’t judge.