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8 Must-Have Plumbing Tools to add to Your Tools List

Written by Posted On Thursday, 16 May 2019 01:40

Your plumbing DIY projects will be easier than usual if you have the right tools. In some cases, your project may be impossible without the appropriate tools. In this article, I will show you five essential plumbing tools can help you in almost scenario.

  • Tongue-and-groove pliers: you can use it instead of the pipe wrench, as an all-purpose tool. You can handle in most plumbing projects with a tongue-and-groove plier. With angled jaw, long handle, and a wide range of adjustment positions, you can finish your job easily and quickly. Tongue-and-groove pliers work best in pairs like pipe wrenches, one for stabilizing the pipe and one to loosen or tighten the nut. A standard 10-inch size tongue-and-groove plier is suitable for most of your plumbing work, but maybe you will also need some couple of larger and smaller pliers for some situations.
  • Basin wrench: Also called a sink wrench. If you want to change out a faucet in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry sink, it can make your work as a piece of cake. It is a self-tightening wrench used for loosening or tightening fittings in hard-to-reach places. Keep in mind purchasing a telescoping shank that holds a 90-degree position by itself to make things easier for you when buying a new basin wrench.
  • Compression sleeve puller: If you are using copper, PEX, or CPVC tubing in your plumbing system in your house, you almost certainly have compression angle stops or shutoff valves supplying water for your toilets and faucets. Although it is nearly always simple to unscrew the angle stop itself by holding the valve with pliers or perhaps a wrench and unscrew the nut with another set of pliers or a wrench, frequently the compression sleeve remains stuck around the pipe so you can't take away the sleeve or compression nut. It is one of the situations that you will need a compression sleeve puller. It may take away the nut and compression sleeve with no damage to the pipe.
  • Pipe wrench: Pipe wrenches, while not as common as they were in the past, continue to be necessary plumbing tools. Pipe wrenches are extremely helpful with regards to something threaded, for example, iron or galvanized steel pipe and fittings. Many fittings, such as the water heater nipples, yard hydrants, or pressure regulators, require using a pipe wrench or more to supply enough leverage to unscrew them. Frequently, in some cases, you need two pipe wrenches to prevent stress on the installation; one holds the pipe or fitting steady, while the other one turns another pipe or fitting.
  • Adjustable wrench: a favorite adjustable wrench can be used when removing position stops, compression nuts, and offer lines to faucets along with other fixtures. It is also employed for other activities, like tightening or loosening a baby shower mind, so the finish doesn't get scratched. A great-quality adjustable wrench can last an eternity and can perform a lot better than a standard version.

Other Handy Plumbing Tools

Some plumbing tools are standard hands tools that you might currently have around your house:

  • Screwdrivers: Many different types of screws are useful when doing your plumbing repairs. You can use in repairing faucet handles, overflow plates, tub spouts, and more.
  • Allen wrench set: Many designer faucet and shower handles are held up with Allen screws or recessed hex screws or bolts. If you want to work with these screws, an Allen wrench is a must-have tool you need. Allen wrench sets usually come in both metric or standard sizes.
  • Hacksaw: Plumbing doesn't necessarily break easily, along with a good hacksaw will undoubtedly be helpful when cutting any kind of pipe, persistent bolts, nuts, or screws. Having a hacksaw, you can take away the blade, wrap one finish having a cloth, and slip it directly into hard-to-achieve places. To keep your a concise, a treadmill-handed, hacksaw, that is basically a handle for holding one finish of the standard hacksaw blade. These are ideal for tight spaces. However, the functional blade length is very short so that they aren't efficient for typical cutting tasks.
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