DIY projects continue to grow in popularity as people tackle household projects on their own to save money, combat stress, and gain a sense of personal accomplishment. In fact, DIY trend statistics show that nearly 50% of US homeowners embarked on DIY projects in 2019, and a 4.2% increase in DIY projects is expected in 2022.
One problem that some homeowners try to solve on their own is plumbing.
20 tools you need for your plumbing toolbox
If the problem is in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else in the house, many plumbing problems may arise and can sometimes be resolved by the owners. To meet these challenges, however, some indispensable plumbing tools are needed. So, let's take a look at 20 plumbing repair tools and their uses and why they should be in any DIY toolbox.
Types of pistons Let's start with a hydraulic tool that needs no introduction, the piston. But did you know you should have two pistons? The toilet flange plunger has a longer handle and a smaller soft cup (called a flange) that extends along the lower end of the plunger to fit inside a standard toilet drain, creating an effective seal to apply more force to the obstruction. The cup plunger is great for flat surfaces like sinks and tubs because the flat cup works to create a vacuum above the drain and clear the clog.
Male and Female Pliers
Male and Female Pliers Pliers are a great tool for gripping, tightening, loosening, twisting, pulling, pushing, or holding something. Acting as an extra hand that can hold things in place, these pliers are ideal for tightening and loosening your plumbing system as needed, such as during a leak. Remember to wrap your thin appliances with a cloth before applying them to prevent damage to the serrated jaws.
hacksaw Hacksaws may look flimsy, but they have the ability to cut through metal and plastic pipes, bolts, nuts, screws and Hardware.
Remember to make sure the blade is taut in the frame to make accurate cuts and always have extra blades on hand in case something breaks.
3. Metal file
Metal file When you are done with the hacksaw, the metal file can smooth out the rough edges of the metal. Consider keeping two files in your plumber's toolbox: a semicircular file with rounded, flat surfaces and a rattail file that is round and tapered.
Adjustable Wrench These versatile wrenches are adjustable, as their name suggests. This makes them very useful for small jobs like replacing faucets and shower heads. Even better? Quality adjustable wrenches are also inexpensive, so you can keep a variety of sizes in your plumbing toolbox without breaking the bank.
Sink WrenchWhen you need to loosen the nuts that hold faucets together, the sink wrench is your best friend. Its unique long stem makes it easy to reach into deep, tight spaces behind the sink and its pivoting jaw allows you to easily lock nuts. Other tools don't have the unique basin wrench design, making it one of the best plumbing tools.
6. Shower Faucet Socket Wrench
Shower Faucet Socket WrenchEvery DIY plumber finds himself working on a shower!
This wrench is designed for installing and removing shower faucets, tub fittings and nuts. This will make any DIY shower project much easier for homeowners.
7. Pipe Wrench
Pipe Wrench You will need two for your plumbing toolkit: one for tightening and loosening threaded pipes, fittings and nuts and the other for grab and hold. If you feel that the socket wrench handle is damaging the metal of the pipes in any way, place a rag between the wrench and the metal and the pipe should scratch little or nothing.
8. Pipe Puller
Pipe Puller This socket wrench won't do you any good if you come across a broken piece of pipe. When a piece of tubing breaks in the fitting, it is very difficult to remove it without a tubing puller, also known as a nipple puller. This tool allows you to quickly remove broken pipes inside fittings, making it one of your essential tools for plumbing repair.
Drain Snake Drain snakes are ideal for unclogging small drains such as sinks and bathtubs. Using a crank, a drain snake winds around the drain until it reaches the clog, then grabs it, so you can pull it out as it entered. Check out our step-by-step blog on drain snakes.
10. Toilet Auger
Toilet Auger Similar to a drain snake (but often fitted with cup guards to minimize damage to porcelain bowls), the toilet auger also uses a crank handle to drain the drain.
However, instead of lifting the obstruction, it is designed to break down the clog and force it through the sewer system normally.
11. Plumbers Tape
Plumbers Tape One of many DIY essentials and known as "plumbers tape", plumbers tape is used on pipe threads to join fittings or plug leaks (water, air or gas). You may also hear it referred to as Teflon tape or thread sealant tape. Simply wrap a few layers around clean, dry strands for the perfect seal.
12. Plumber's Putty
Putty Otherwise known as joint compound, plumber's putty can help create a tight joint. A small amount of plumber's putty is enough to prevent leaks when replacing or upgrading faucets and drains and to hold parts securely in place.
13. Putty Spatula
Putty Spatula This inexpensive but essential tool will help you apply and remove residue of putty and hygienic wax, and is a necessity when working with putty.
14. Caulk Gun
Caulk Gun Every DIY plumber should have one in their holster, er, plumber's toolbox. You will need it when repairing joints around sinks, toilets or bathtubs. Simply load the tube of putty into the gun and squeeze the trigger to push the putty out of the tip.
Pipe and Pipe Cutter
Pipe Cutter This essential plumbing tool provides a quick, easy and clean way to cut pipes, including hard and soft copper, aluminum and aluminum pipe and tubing. Brass. We recommend purchasing both a standard size tubing cutter and a short reach mini tubing cutter which works well in tight spaces.
16. Pipe and Pipe Bender
Pipe Bender Instead of cutting pipes or tubes, a pipe and pipe bender tool allows you to easily bend a range of pipes and tubes. tubes in the desired direction. Using a pipe and bender also avoids having to use special fittings that redirect pipes.
17. Propane Torch
Propane Torch A portable self-igniting gas welding torch can be used for hot welding, heat treatment, soldering large copper pipe. diameter, pipe thawing, tile and paint removal and even melting gold/silver and other metals. When you pick one up, remember to also take a fireproof cloth to protect nearby combustible surfaces.
18. Stubby Screwdriver
Stubby plumbing jobs will get you into tough places.
So always keep a small screwdriver in your plumber's toolbox when working in tight spaces or trying to reach hard-to-reach screws.
19. Tap Wrench
Tap Wrench These little tools come in a set because you'll likely be dealing with a lot of different stem settings depending on your DIY project. Faucet wrenches are designed to turn faucets and window sill valves on and off, which you'll likely come across in a DIY plumbing project.
Faucet Packings & Washers
WashersThey are easy to remove and find at any hardware store, just be sure you know the exact models of parts your plumbing uses. It's always a good idea to have extra wrappers and washers available for the faucet, as they create the seal around the faucet stem.
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