Regardless if you’re getting rid of a clog in your kitchen sink; repairing a bathroom faucet or replacing a shower head, you’ll need essential plumber tools that will make the job easier for you! Doing DIY plumbing requires not only the proper skills but also the right equipment to ensure that the project is successfully done. Otherwise, you’ll be causing more damages than repair to your property. So to help you complete your plumber’s kit, let us give you a list of the tools that you should have.
1. Pipe Wrench
The pipe wrench obviously symbolizes all of plumbing. Why so? Well, whenever you encounter the word plumbing, does a picture of a pipe wrench pop into your mind? We thought so! Indeed, this tool is the most used during plumbing installations and repairs. It delivers strong grip and leverage which allows plumbers to loosen or tighten fixtures, pipes, joints and plumbing parts. Only be mindful of its sharp teeth because they can leave marks.
2. Sink Snake or Sink Auger
This tool is a must-have when getting rid of clogs in your sink drain. It breaks down solid materials into smaller pieces thereby allowing you to snatch them out of the pipes. You can also use this in your tub drains.
A plunger is also great for clogs. However, you should take note that there are several types of plunger and each of them is used for specific types of fixtures. First of all, we have the cup plunger which is used to clear clogs in tubs, showers and sinks. The flange plunger, on the other hand, features a specially designed hole that makes it a perfect tool for clearing toilet clogs.
4. Toilet Auger
This tool is also known to many as the water closet auger or closet auger. It also works like a sink auger only that it’s specifically designed for toilets.
5. Teflon Tape
The Teflon tape is a flexible thin white tape that’s used to securely seal pipe threads when making joint connections. It seals the air and gas from seeping out of the pipes thus preventing leaks. Sold in small rolls, the Teflon tape is inexpensive and easy to procure.
6. Tubing Cutter
A tubing cutter is very important when fixing, repairing or installing copper pipes. This tool is used to smoothly and squarely cut pipes so that they’ll fit joints perfectly. This will make the job easier and faster compared to using a hacksaw. And oh, they can also be used when cutting metal curtain rods, too.
7. Faucet Packing and Washers
Keeping faucet packing and washers handy will save you from a lot of inconveniences during plumbing emergencies that involve your faucets. Use them when your kitchen tap leaks or your tub faucet is loose. Keep these in your tool kit so that you won’t need to head out to the supply shop in the middle of the night – if there’s even one open.
8. Faucet Valve Seat Wrench
You’ll need the valve seat wrench when repairing, replacing or fixing faucets. It will allow you to loosen up the valve seat so that you can detach the faucet body and have it repaired or replaced.
Keep all these plumber tools handy at home and you’ll get through plumbing emergencies! Should you need professional help, don’t forget to hire the most trustworthy local US plumbing experts! That’s us, Plumbers 911! We deliver only the best, the most affordable and the most immediate plumbing services in the US such as home remodeling, toilet repairs, gas system installation, water heater repairs and many more! Reach us by calling 305-662-0668 (Miami Dade), 954-468-0512 (Broward), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach), 800-731-1139(Central Valley) or 877-745-3257 (Washington DC)!
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