If you, like thousands of other homeowners, have decided to go down the DIY road, plumbing will obviously play a part, and this trade demands a range of specialized tools and without them, many tasks cannot be carried out. Just like the carpenter needs his hammer and plane, the plumber relies heavily on his slip joint wrench and hacksaw, and with that in mind, here is a list of tools that everyone should have in their home plumbing kit!
Slip Joint Wrench – The slip joint allows you to tackle piping of almost any size, and with correct use, this handy tool is ideal for gripping sections of pipe while being worked on. If you would like to browse some essential plumbing tools, check what Trading Depot in the UK has on offer, as they are the UK’s leading online supplier of building materials, and at very low prices, it’s easy to see why.
Hacksaw – This is used to cut through copper – or PVC piping, and the plumber would have at least two, one for regular cutting and one for working in tight spaces. If, for example, you needed to change a short section of pipe under the floorboards, the mini hacksaw would allow you to cut out the section without having to remove too many floorboards. These tools have changeable blades, so make sure you have a pack with you at all times, as they do break quite easily.
Basin Wrench – This versatile tool allows the plumber to tighten up nuts on joints and fitting, and is fully adjustable. Without this, the plumber would indeed be stumped, and most would have 3 or maybe 4 different sized wrenches. If you are looking for specific tools, you can easily locate the contact details of a major online supplier, who can locate whatever it is you need. Buying online really does save you money, and by going down the DIY road, you are saving even more.
Thread Seal Tape – This is a roll of white tape that is wrapped around threads prior to attaching the nut, and this effectively seals the thread, preventing a water leak. Three or four wraps would usually do the trick, and when you are replacing a nut, you should always replace the seal tape, as it is not designed to be reused.
Hand Auger – This tool helps the plumber unblock drains, and if the plunger doesn’t work, the hand auger is next in line. It works by pushing a metal wire through a pipe blockage, thus enabling water to flow, and with some high pressure, all the residue will be washed away.
There are more tools on the list, but all of the above are essential items for any plumber, and with online suppliers of tools and materials, sourcing the kit has never been easier.