10 Tools for How-To Plumbers
“I don’t understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing…” – Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
If you are one of the people who have plumbing needs but prefer to look into it before calling professional plumbers for assistance or you just feel the need to know more about plumbing then you need to equip yourself. Having the basic tools in plumbing can help you fix simple plumbing problems yourself and save money in the process. So here are the tools to get a how-to plumber started.
- Work Clothes
For safety precautions, a work gear is advised to keep you safe. Look into investing in a pair of coveralls, flat sole work boots, plumber gloves and a protective eyewear. This process is completely optional but please do not overlook your safety.
- Torch/Flash Light
When working with pipelines, drains, and sinks, you will need a source of lighting that is able to reach enclosed and dark places. A torch comes in handy.
- Pipe Wrench
Basically, a wrench is a hand tool used to grip, turn or twist objects such as nuts, pipes or bolts. It often has fixed or adjustable jaws for better gripping. There are a handful types of pipe wrenches. For starters, buying a straight pipe wrench is recommended.
This is a hand tool used to unblock drains and toilets. There are basically four types of plungers but for easy fixes, I recommend a sink/standard plunger and a toilet plunger.
- Closet Auger
Often called Plumber’s Snake is used to unblock drains when the plunger fails to work. It is thin and long enough to reach into the drainpipe and apply pressure to push the blockage out or pull it out through the drain.
- Locking Pliers
Works like a simple lever with a joint in the middle used for gripping and tightening screws and bolts. This also provides nonslip grip for tubing and knobs. A hand tool to have in fixing dripping taps.
This is a fine-toothed saw used to cut through metals. In pipe installation, a hacksaw is useful for cutting pipes down to size. After cutting, you must level the edges by using a metal file.
- White Teflon Tape
This is used a the ends of pipes and tubes to lubricate them and prevent leaks where pipes are joined. The tape fills in minute details in the joined part that stops water from leaking out.
- Plumber’s Putty
Plumbers use plumber’s putty on drainpipes, valves, and sinks after installation. They apply it directly over areas exposed to water pressure to prevent seepage and leaks.
- Tubing Cutters
If cutting the tube manually using a hacksaw is too tedious for you, then you might want to consider investing on a tube cutter. This definitely saves effort and time. Its finish is also more professional-looking than the one done by hand.
You are now set to do minor plumbing jobs in your own home. Always observe safety precautions. Let’s get plumbing!