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The Plumbing Equipment You Need For A Home Improvement Project

Hiring a plumber to fix leaks and clogged pipes at home can get quite pricey. Fortunately, certain problems with the piping can be handled by you if you have the proper plumbing tools and equipment necessary for the DIY repairs. Simple problems such as dripping faucets, clogged up toilets or leaky pipes can usually be handled without professional help if you are properly equipment and have some basic plumbing knowledge. Here is a full list of all plumbing instruments and equipment you should add to your home improvement plumbing kit. They are not so expensive, and you don’t need to buy them all at once. Just make sure you have the basic ones which will turn out handy for fixing certain plumbing problems and for home improvement projects. Apart from some basic instruments such as a hammer, screwdrivers, a tape measure, utility knives and tape, plus safety work goggles, work boots for plumbing and work gloves you will need:

1. A propane torch. It is for sweating copper pipes and fittings. Choose one which has a

self-igniting torch head instead of having to use matches or a striker. It is much more convenient and easy to use.

2. Tongue and groove pliers (aka Channellocks). These are an essential tool used by plumbers for all kind of loosening, pulling, twisting, grabbing or tightening jobs. It is advisable to get at least two sizes of these pliers, including 10 inch and 12-inch ones.

3. A hacksaw. You can cut both metal and plastic pipes with it, as well as through nuts, screws and bolts. Choose one with a tense frame for added strength, and make sure you get some extra blades too.

4. A metal file. It is used to smooth the metal edges of the pipes after they have been cut. For added convenience, you can get both a half-round one and a rat tail metal file.

5. A basin wrench. This is an indispensable tool for loosening and tightening the nuts which hold the faucets of your sinks in place. Its form allows for easy reach of the narrow deep space behind the sink.

6. A hand auger (aka “plumber’s snake”). This tool has a 25 ft. steel cable which is great for drain clearing, clogged toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc. The steel cable is hand-cranked into the drain and is perfect in case the clogging cannot be resolved with a plunger. You may want to buy a closet auger which is specifically made for unclogging toilets and is an excellent tool to resolve very stubborn clogs.

7. An adjustable wrench. If possible get two sizes of this versatile tool (6 and 10 inches). They can be used for all plumbing parts with hex-shaped nuts.

8. A tubing cutter. It will allow you to cut copper pipes precisely and smoothly fast. If you can, get a standard sized one, as well as a smaller mini-cutter for use in tight spaces.

9. A pipe wrench, or rather 2 pipe wrenches. Choose a 10-inch and 14-inch one for your plumbing projects and repairs. One you will use for gripping, and the other for turning, tightening or loosening.

10. A plunger if you don’t have one - get one! It is the first instrument you should use when repairing clogged toilets, sink, shower, bathtub or floor drains. It is a simple tool which uses a vacuum to pull out the clog instead of further pushing it into the drains and pipes.

11. A fire-resistant cloth. You will need it to protect the surrounding surfaces when you are using your open flamed propane torch for soldering.

Written by M.Pierce: 

Michael is a blogger, footwear enthusiast, and the editor of MyBootprint and Shoe Matters. He hopes to help his readers find the most appropriate boots and shoes for their needs. Check out his latest article Which are the Best Work Boots for Plumbers on the Market

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