What Plumbing Tools Do I Need?


Even if you have the know-how to handle plumbing problems around your house, you’re very limited in what you can do if you don’t have the right tools available when you need them. While there may be no one-size-fits-all toolkit, there are in general some handy plumbing items you may want to have on hand, just in case. With these, you should be able to take care of most issues before they become plumbing disasters.

Five Plumbing Tools to Have Around the House:

  1. Pliers/Channel Locks: While picturing a plumber often brings to mind a pipe wrench, nowadays, pliers (or channel locks) are the primary tool to have. If you get these pliers, you should probably get at least two, using one to stabilize, the other to twist and loosen. You might want to get multiple sizes as well, so you can be ready for almost any plumbing job. Consider combining these pliers with electrical tape, or simply using a towel when you don’t want the pliers to scrape the finish.
  2. Basin Wrench: This could also be known as a sink wrench. As the name suggests, it is a wonderful tool for replacing faucets, whether it is the sink for the laundry, kitchen, or bathroom. This wrench can get to even tough spots to tighten or loosen fittings. Ideally, you can find a wrench that has a telescoping shank that will stay at a 90-degree angle.
  3. Compression Sleeve Puller: Compression angle stops are often placed along the pipes that send water to toilets and faucets. This is probably the case if your tubing is copper, PEX, or CPVC. It can be tricky to take out these angle stops without harming your pipes because while it is simple enough to loosen the angle stop, the nut and sleeve still have to come out. With a compression sleeve puller, however, you can manage the job neatly.
  4. Pipe Wrench: You still do need these, just not as much as you would have a couple of decades ago. Again, multiple sizes can be invaluable, and some fixes are two-wrench jobs. These wrenches still prove their worth when threaded items are involved, like an iron pipe, and they are handy for many water heater, yard hydrant, and pressure regulator jobs.
  5. Adjustable Wrench: You need to find one that will not slip when you twist it. This versatile asset can be especially useful it comes to taking out angle stops, certain supply lines, and compression nuts. This is also good for installing or removing a shower head, and without scratching surfaces either.

There are, of course, other useful tools to have to lie around that you may want to consider investing in as well. And here are these honorable mentions:

  • Allen Wrench Set: you will find that Allen screws are used to fasten a good deal of faucets and shower handles.
  • Hacksaw: For difficult cutting jobs, such as with pipes, bolts, nuts, and screws. You may want multiple sizes and models to ensure that you’re ready for a variety of jobs.
  • Plumber’s Putty: For caulking and sealing, especially along sinks and tubs.
  • Screwdrivers: These basic, invaluable tools can handle innumerable repair jobs, anything from tub spouts to faucet handles.

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