Plumbing problems are bound to happen in any household at some point. Having the necessary tools in the ready can make tackling repairs a lot easier. If you have a knack for DIY tasks and you wish to take minor plumbing works in your own hands, make sure to have these basic tools in your tool box.
1. Basin Wrench
You’ll need a basin wrench when you need to replace a damaged or old faucet in your bathroom, laundry, or kitchen sink. It’s a self-adjusting wrench composed of a long handle with a pivoting head. Basin wrenches are designed for tightening/loosening fitting in places that are difficult to reach.
2. Pipe Wrench
This tool comes in handy when the task at hand involves galvanized steel pipes aor large threaded iron. You’ll need a pipe wrench to unscrew several fittings including pressure regulators, yard hydrants, or water heater nipples.
A pipe wrench is also an important tool used in getting rid of drain clean-out fittings. Depending on the case, the work becomes easier when you have 2 pipe wrenches. This is to avoid putting stress on the fitting. You’ll need 1 wrench to keep the pipe/fitting steady, and a second wrench to turn the connecting piece.
When you wake up to a clogged sink, shower, or tub drain, the first tool you want to grab is a drain plunger. Make sure to have these 2 types of plunger in your arsenal:
- Cup plunger – Considered the most common plunger, this tool has a rubber cup responsible for unclogging bathtubs, sinks, and showers.
- Flange plunger – This plunger is designed for toilets. It’s basically a cup plunger that has an extended rubber head with a shape similar to the opening of your toilet. It is designed this way so it can provide a good seal over the opening.
4. Hacksaw – In some cases, you may encounter plumb fittings that don’t come apart instantly. To handle this, you’ll need a hacksaw. A hacksaw is also a versatile cutting tool great for cutting different kinds of pipe, bolts, nuts, and even screws. Consider getting a compact hacksaw which is designed for tight spaces. However, it has a short blade length that may not be efficient for other cutting jobs.
5. Adjustable Wrench
When it comes to removing compression nuts, supply tubes, and shutoff valves on faucets, an adjustable wrench is your ally. A superior quality adjustable wrench can last for many years, so don’t settle for a cheaper one.
6. Washers and O-Rings
They are usually available in different sizes. Worn out washers and O-rings must be replaced with new ones so you can have a tighter seal.
You’ll likely encounter various types of screws when handling plumbing repairs, so it’s best to have a complete selection of screwdrivers in different sizes and shapes.
There are 2 basic types of pliers you need for any plumbing job:
- Slip joint pliers – They are also called groove join/water pump pliers and they are made with a slot in the head which you can adjust either up or down. You’ll need this for gripping or holding other tools.
- Channel locks – These pliers are also known as tongue-and-groove pliers. Compared to slip joint pliers, channel locks have adjustable jaws. You can lock them into place according to the size you want. Channel locks are often used for strong grabbing and pinching of tools.