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DIY Plumbing Tools You Need

There is nothing better than a licensed plumber for your plumbing needs but for the simple jobs or emergencies, we want you to be prepared until your local professional can be there. You can not do any job without your own plumbing supplies, so here is what you will need:


1.) Adjustable Wrench
These wrenches can be adjusted (if you couldn’t guess from the name) to fit a range of sizes. Adjustable wrenches do most of the work with smaller jobs like replacing faucets and showerheads. These are inexpensive and it can never hurt to have multiple ranging in sizes because you might just need to use two as clamps.


2.) Pipe Wrench
This pipe wrench will be your favorite for situations that need leverage, such as loosening a rusted old fitting. Two is better than one with this tool. You can use one wrench to stabilize your work while using the other one. This tool is very handy for many plumbing jobs!


3.) Basin Wrench
The basin wrench has a spring-loaded, clamping jaw designed for gripping and turning bolts and fasteners in tight spaces. It’s the perfect tool for jobs like loosening the nuts undereath a deep kitchen sink.


4.) Plumber’s Putty
This will help form a tight seal. When doing DIY project, putty can be your best friend. If you’re replacing or upgrading a faucet, a piece of plumber’s putty can help you avoid leaks and keep parts in place.


5.) Plunger
This is the most common plumbing tool that households have. Overflowing toilets to clogged drains, your plunger can help you get out of that mess! Keep it in the bathroom so it’s always with you while you need it..


6.) Tongue and Groove Pliers
You will want a good pair of tongue and groove pliers to help hold things in place. They have a slip-joint design that allow the jaws to open wide. Most pliers have long handles that make them great for turning, tightening, and loosening.


7.) Plumber’s Tape
This is also known as Teflon tape or thread seal tape. You can just wrap a few layers around clean, dry threads, making sure to wind the tape clockwise.


8.) Toilet Auger
If a plunger can’t help you, you need the auger. This can extend a long metal cable into your toilet drain to break obstructions and send them on their way.


Be sure to call your local plumbing professionals for any plumbing needs if your tools can’t do the job!