Pliers are tong-like handheld tools used to hold the joints and fixtures firmly. These are the most basic plumbing tools that you must have if you need to grab, pull, twist, hold, tighten or loosen nuts, bolts, fittings, small pipes, etc. Always have 10″ and 12″ pliers in your kit as they can be useful in fixing or repairing many things related or unrelated to plumbing. Some common types of pliers are Tongue and Groove pliers, Slip-joint pliers, Diagonal pliers, and many more.
Wrenches are tools which have a long handle with a fixed or an adjustable end. It is generally used to grip and turn the joints, nuts, bolts, big screws, etc. A wide variety of wrenches are available depending on their handle and end size, number of ends, fix or adjustable ends, and their utility. Adjustable and pipe wrenches have movable, serrated jaws. Spanner, open-ended wrenches, etc. have fixed and smooth ends.
This water resistant putty is used to seal leaks, cracks, and joints in the plumbing systems. This soft, malleable seal has two components which have to be mixed in equal proportion before using. Adhesive Epoxy seal hardens in a few hours at room temperature and is ideal to fix the leaks temporarily.Plumber’s Tape
Also known as Teflon tape, this tape is best for sealing threaded pipes like faucet supply pipes, shower heads, etc. White colored plumber’s tape is most commonly used. Other colors available in the market are white, yellow, green, copper, etc.
A Plunger is the first tool to grab when you have clogs in sinks, tubs, toilets, showers and floor drains. This sucker/pusher tool is a quick and easy remedy for daily clogs. A flange-shaped plunger is used for toilets, whereas a bell- or cup-shaped plunger for tubs and sinks. It creates a vacuum to clog out the waste materials, and not push them further.
An auger (also known as a snake) is used to clear out intense clogs that a plunger fails to remove. Various types of augers available in the market are hand augers, closet augers, etc. Augers are long, tough steel cables that can flex and bend down the drain and toilets. A closet auger is generally 3-4 feet long, whereas a hand auger is up to 25 feet long.
A situation of plumbing emergency can arrive anytime. You will never know when you will need these basic plumbing tools, so it is best that you have your plumbing kit ready with you. Plumbing tools are pretty affordable so having a kit shouldn’t be a problem.
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