What’s going on? Is it a simple leak? A clog? Do you need a new toilet? Whatever the issue is, there are 5 tools every DIY plumber needs.
At the end of the day, though, if you can’t seem to get the job done, we’re here for you.
1.) Pipe Wrench
This is the most recognizable plumbing tool in the box. A plumbing wrench is essential for any DIY plumbing job, so you definitely need to grab one as soon as possible.
A plumber’s pipe wrench is an oversized adjustable wrench. It’s a versatile tool when working with varying materials. A pipe wrench is beneficial when dealing with softer material and rounded fittings.
When you get one, be sure to get at least two in different sizes. You use one to tighten and the other to hold fittings or pipes in place.
2.) Basin Wrench
This wrench isn’t as recognizable as the pipe wrench, but it is as useful. A basin wrench is critical for the DIY plumber. The basin wrench is for holding and fastening mounting nuts for a faucet.
The tight space between the nuts and faucet makes it difficult to grab a hold. With a basin wrench, you can extend into this space and dial in the proper grip to loosen, tighten, or hold.
At the bottom of the basin wrench, you notice a T-shaped handle that makes turning easy work.
3.) Drain Auger
Ah, yes. There’s nothing like a big clog that won’t budge. You’ve tried the plunger, baking soda and vinegar, and Draino. Nothing’s working.
That’s where the drain auger comes into play. Sometimes, the drain line of a sink or tub has a clog that is far out of reach. You cannot get the clog with traditional methods.
These drain augers come equipped with a steel cable with varying lengths. The cable wraps around a drum and spins to unclog all kinds of drain issues. There are some augers that can attach to a drill for powered snaking.
4.) Pipe Cutter
If you ever find yourself needing to replace piping, you need a pipe cutter. Hand saws are useful, but a pipe or tube cutter ensures that you make clean cuts each time.
Rough edges and cuts create poor joints and cause leaks in the long term. There are various pipe cutters out there. Some cut copper pipe, some cut hard materials like PVC, and you can get shears for cutting soft PEX tubing as well.
For those spaces that are inaccessible for a pipe cutter, a hacksaw is a great option. You can get a hacksaw in many sizes, but a mini hacksaw is the best option when you have to work in a tight space.
Hacksaws have versatile cutting ability. They can cut through wood, steel, brass, and plastic. If you’re wrestling with rusted screws or nuts, cut them off with a hacksaw in no time.
Get The Store
Now you know what tools you need to get the majority of DIY plumbing projects done, so get to the store! If you need any advice or help with plumbing issues in your home, give us a call at Autry Plumbing today!