We all know that having our plumbing systems repaired can be quite costly. That is why many people nowadays try to repair the issue themselves. (Stick to the easy stuff and call in a professional for more complex repairs, otherwise it may end up costing you a great deal). If you are one of those people who try to DIY their plumbing issues, then you will know how important having the right tools is.
Today, we are going to go over the top seven tools that DIY plumbers must have in hand. These tools are listed below.
One of the common issues that many households experience is blocked or clogged drains. A plunger is a handy tool that any DIY plumber must have in their toolbox. A good plunger will be your first line of defense against any clogging or pipe blockages. (Or blocked toilets. Eeeuuu!)
- Adjustable Wrench
As you may have noticed already, plumbing systems typically have many nuts and bolts. That’s why it’s good to have an adjustable wrench in hand. This wrench is adjustable so it fits a wide range of nut and bolt sizes. It also has a jaw that locks in place to prevent the wrench from slipping. We recommend that you get the 6-inch and 10-inch wrench for more flexibility.
- Pipe Wrench
If you have large pipes at home, then it’s a great idea to get two pipe wrenches to adjust the fittings in these pipes. Yes, you will need two, assuming that you will do the fixing yourself and with no extra person to help. (Wives are notoriously unwilling). You will need one of the pipe wrenches to keep the pipe in place, while you use the other one to tighten or loosen the fitting.
- Basin Wrench
Another tool that you must have in hand is the basin wrench. The basin wrench is good for confined spaces or hard-to-reach areas where it often needs someone else to help. (Mmmm… Buy the flowers and chocolates in advance). If you often do sink fixes for hard-to-reach areas, then the basic wrench is your friend.
- Hand Auger
Sometimes dirt can get stuck in the uncanniest of places and deep holes. Getting the dirt out from these places can be quite a hassle. But if you have a hand auger, it will become a breeze. The hand auger can help you dig up the ground in an easier way than using a shovel.
- Plumber’ Tape
Sometimes, because of how long the fittings have been in place, the grooves in these fittings can get worn down. It results in these fittings loosening and may cause leaks. In this case, it will be handy to have a plumber’s tape in hand. Instead of replacing the fittings altogether, you can wrap the plumber’s tape around the worn-out groove to seal the gaps and prevent any leak from happening.
- Tongue-and-Groove Pliers
Pliers are handy for many things, including doing DIY fixings in your plumbing system. Tongue-and-groove pliers can help you get a good grip on small items like small bolts while fixing pipes. Just be sure that when you get the pliers, you get those with serrated jaws as they will provide the best grip.
Doing DIY repairs to your plumbing system is difficult if you have no experience. But it is even more difficult if you do not have the right tools. Hence, prep your toolbox with the seven starter tools that you will need as a DIY plumber.
Good luck and call us if you need us.