Even the most novice of plumbers require help from a lot of tools to get the job done properly. Some of these are essential enough to be included in the plumber’s regular toolbox. There are a few ‘special’ tools that most plumbers would not need for routine plumbing issues, but they should have them on hand just in case.
- ADJUSTABLE WRENCH
Adjustable wrenches are a workman’s best friend when it comes to dealing with nuts, bolts, and fastenings. To avoid twisting pipes while tightening compression joints, we recommend getting a pair of adjustable wrenches.
2. TAPE MEASURE
Tape measures, possibly one of the most inane tools ever invented, require no explanation. Tape measures are a must-have because they save time and money when measuring for fabric projects – you can purchase them from the majority of stores, including ADA Fastfix who specialise in builders tools.
Turn to your trusty hacksaw if pipes, nuts, bolts, or screws just won’t come apart easily. Remove the blade and use it by itself to cut stubborn fittings if you can only fit your hacksaw in a little.
4. Plastic Pipe Cutter
Whether you’re a plumber or a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll need to cut a pipe at some point in your project. This is where a pipe cutter becomes useful. It should be able to cut polymers such as MDPE and PE.
5. PVC Pipe Cement
Isopropyl alcohol is a type of liquid that works to thicken PVC cement, which is a non-drip thixotropic chemical solvent that welds various sections of pipes together to form leak-proof joints.
6. SPIRIT LEVEL
Spirit levels are another toolbox essential – they’re used in almost every trade and are a fantastic method of testing the angle of a surface. A decent spirit level is an important tool for any plumber, whether you’re checking how close to horizontal a pipe is or ensuring that your new radiator is straight.
7. RADIATOR SPANNERS
Radiator keys are a good idea – they’re a handy and inexpensive tool that will come in useful for most plumbing tasks where radiators are concerned.
8. DRAIN RODS
Drain rods connect end-to-end and make it easy to unclog pipes quickly and simply – without having to use your bare hands…
9. ALLEN KEY SET
Keeping a set of Allen Keys on hand ensures that when you come upon a bolt that requires one, you’ll have the right size key ready.
10. Plumber’s Mait
Plumbing professionals use Plumber’s Mait to make seals around drains and faucets. Simply insert the mait into a ring form that complements the faucet fixture’s curvature and install it in place. This will ensure a watertight fit while preventing any leaks.
11. Drain Test Plug
Drain test plugs are the most dependable and durable of the various types of testing pressure in dry waste and venting stack vents (DWV). They’re generally constructed of zinc-plated metal that prevents corrosion while providing the hardness of steel.