A Basic Plumbing Tools Checklist For DIYers

Plumbing repair and maintenance, just like other types of house maintenance and improvement, can get very pricey, especially if you hire a contractor. However, as a homeowner, you always have the option to go the DIY way to save money in the process. If you want to take the DIY route when it comes to plumbing care and maintenance, here are some tools that you should have in your toolkit to do a successful job:

  • Tongue-and-Groove Pliers. This is one of the most basic tools that you should have in your plumbing maintenance toolkit. This will be very handy when you need to tighten, loosen, twist, hold, pull, or grab a pipe or something. You will not see plumbers without this tool. When you buy one for your toolkit, make sure that you buy a 10-inch tongue-and-groove pliers and one that is 12 inches.
  • Propane Torch. This is very useful when you are dealing with fittings and copper pipes. This type of propane torch will ignite by squeezing the trigger, which you will find more convenient than the ones that are lit with matches or a striker.
  • This is very useful when you want to cut metals. This tool is used for cutting through nuts, bolts, hardware, and plastic pipes. When using this type of tool, make sure that the blades secured properly, especially when cutting tough materials. Having an extra blade around will be very handy.
  • Metal File. After cutting metals, the edges would need to be smoothed. Metal files will come handy on this occasion. This will help smooth out the edges of any metal that have just been cut. This will help prevent accidental skin cuts in your house. Make sure that you have two metal files around. You can purchase a half round metal file and a rat-tail file.
  • Basin Wrench. If you are working around your sink, having a basin wrench will be very helpful. This will help keep faucets in place. In addition, this can be used to tighten nuts. This is also very helpful when reaching nuts behind narrow sinks.
  • Pipe Wrench. This tool is used to loosen or tighten fittings, nuts, and threaded pipes. Make sure that you buy two of this tool as you will need one for holding (gripping) and the other one for turning. With its serrated teeth, it will be easier to hold pipes or nuts. A 10-inch and a 14-inch pipe wrench should be enough in your basic plumbing tool kit.
  • Hand Auger. This tool is also known as a plumber’s snake. The tool got its popular name because it is used mostly in clearing obstructions in showers, sinks, tubs, and toilets. Its long and flexible steel cable that extends up to 25 feet makes it possible to do the job.
  • Adjustable Wrench. This is useful when you have to work on supply lines, compression fittings, and other parts of your plumbing system that is hex-shaped. When you are buying one for your home kit, make sure that the jaw of the adjustable wrench can grip tightly and that it won’t loose that easy. Just like some other tools listed here, it is best to have two handles. A 6-inch and a 10-inch adjustable wrench should be enough for your basic tool kit.
  • Tubing Cutter. This tool looks like a C-clamp. This tool is very helpful if you want to achieve a quick and clean cut through a copper pipe. Buy a standard tubing cutter and a mini-cutter, which can work in tight places.
  • This is probably the most basic tool listed here. This is an indispensable tool that every household should have. This is the first tool that you can grab whenever you want to unclog your tubs, toilets, showers, floor drains or sinks.
  • Fire-Resistant Cloth. This cloth is very useful especially when you are soldering combustible surfaces and when you are using your propane torch. This will not only protect nearby surfaces but will also protect you. When you budget permits it, it is also a good decision to have a fire extinguisher nearby.

With these basic tools, it will be easy for you to give your plumbing system the maintenance and repair that it requires. Having a well-maintained and working plumbing system does not have to be costly. You can always rely on these tools to do the job on your own.

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