Learn How To Choose The Perfect Plumbing Tools

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The job can be easily done with the basin wrench because it is able to reach up and into the narrow space behind the sink and to grip onto the nuts.

Actually, it is the single plumbing tool that can accomplish what the basin wrench can do.

Tongue-and-Groove Pliers

Although you may not think so, pliers are a truly essential part of a plumber’s tools.

These specific types of pliers are actually the most common tools that plumbers go to when they need to grab, pull, hold, tighten, loosen, or twist something.

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They have serrated jaws generally 45 to 60 degrees from the handles, and the lower jaw can be moved to several positions by sliding along a tracking section under the upper jaw. Plumbers tend to like this tool because the pliers can adjust to quite a few different sizes without the distance of the handle growing wider, which often creates a hand-gripping problem.


Wherever your plumber goes, the plunger ought to go right along with him.

Your plumber shouldn’t assume for a second that you have a plunger available for him to use, upon his arrival.

Arguably, the plunger is a plumber’s most important weapon in his artillery.

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As you already know, plungers are necessary for dislodging clogs from toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, and floor drains.

It’s important to clarify the difference between a sink plunger and a toilet plunger, and that is the sink plunge looks like a ball cut in half, while the toilet plunger tend to take a shape more resembling a trash can cover, for instance.

When your plumber uses his plunger, he ought to firmly press down, creating a tight seal around the drain, and then quickly pull up. This will create a vacuum effect – unclogging the stubborn blockage.


Contrary to popular belief, plumber doesn’t simply plunge drains, take piping apart, and put it back together – sometimes they actually have to cut through piping, hardware, screws, bolts, and nuts. For this, a hacksaw is implemented.

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Plumbing hardware can be unusually sturdy, so it’s important that your plumber keep a spare blade on hand, just in case the current one breaks.

When dealing with tight spots, your plumber ought to wrap one end of a loose blade in a cloth to create a handle, to slip the blade in for the cut. If you don’t see him doing this, it wouldn’t hurt to recommend it!

Metal File

After cutting metal piping, it can be a little rough around the edges, to say the least.

So, a metal file is often used to smooth these edges.

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Like we’ve been mentioning, a good plumber will have a couple of these in his collection – perhaps a rounded tapered one, and a rounded one with a flat surface.

Plumber’s Snake

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Also called a hand auger, this drain-clearing tool is essentially a 25-foot long flexible steel cable that’s effective at clearing clogs from showers, tubs, sinks, drain lines, and toilets, but it seems to be most commonly used in shower/tub drains.

Your plumber should implement this tool when the plunger fails to work.

Tubing Cutter

The tubing cutter is pretty much similar to C-clamps.

Every time this plumbing tool offers clean and a quick way to cut a copper pipe.

On the other hand, you will have to get a standard-size tubing cutter, and to pay attention to the close quarter mini cutter- it is ideal for working in tight spaces.


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Emergency Tips

Generally speaking, plumbing problems are never pleasant, and as such can often cut off your household or office. So, if you have at least faced a single major plumbing issue, then you will be able to understand how important it is to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. Thereupon, here are few emergency tips that you can take the use of in case you find yourself in an unpleasant situation:

  • First and foremost, you will have to know where the location of the main water shut-off valve is;
  • The second thing that you will have to do is to stay completely aware of the situation- by that, I want to emphasize the importance of getting the plumbing problem fixed as soon as possible.
  • Next, you will have to stop the flow of the water in the isolation valves- these are located at each fixture,
  • In case you have to unclog a toilet- you can use a forced cup plunger;
  • On the other hand, if you have to unclog a kitchen sink- you can use a plunger with the aim to cover the other drain for the purpose of allowing the wrench to absorb the stress;
  • Yet, there are the bathtub clogs too. If you face this type of situation, you will have to put the plunger on the drain, and use the second plunger to plug up the tub’s overflow;
  • If it happens that you are experiencing a supply tube break off caused by a leak- then you will have to screw in a blind cap to seal off the leak until it can be fixed;
  • Last, but not least, the easiest way to reduce the leak as a temporary solution is to use a duct tape or pipe sealing tape to pull together a crack in a pipe;


You can never predict what kind of emergency situation might pop up unexpectedly around your house or in the office. Therefore, it is always the best to build yourself a plumbing toolkit with the essentials, and keep it around if it happens that you have the need of it.

In addition to that, you will have to know few basic repairs to at least hold off the situation until a proper help comes your way.

All in all, in this article you had the chance to read and learn how to select your plumbing tool, and more importantly, you had the chance to learn which plumbing tools should be included in a perfect plumbing toolkit.



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