If you’re not a plumber you probably don’t know what most plumbing tools look like or what they’re called. This is not surprising because you don’t do plumbing or fix your bad pipes and toilets by yourself – A professional plumber is called for that.
However, this article will put you through a list of plumbing tools and help you get more familiar with what these tools are called and what they are used for. You never know when you might need to head over to the store and purchase some of these tools in a DIY situation.
So, keep on reading for some extra knowledge.
You might have heard of the wrench before. This is because of how paramount the tool is in plumbing exercises. The wrench is a tool that plumbers never play with or forget to bring along for an installation or repair job.
There are different wrench types and sizes depending on the job at hand.
When there’s a faulty faucet, the basin wrench is most likely going to be deployed to fix that problem. The basin wrench is made in a T-shape.
These wrenches are designed in such a way that you can fit them into small spaces and suitably adjust the fittings that are needed for the faucet to properly function.
The pipe wrench is a large, heavy-duty tool that plumbers deploy when they have pipes to work on. It effectively aids in the adjustment of pipe-fittings.
The general deployment technique involves using two wrenches at the same time – with one keeping the pipe in position and the other adjusting the mobile fitting into the right position.
There isn’t one general size of the adjustable wrench. Different sizes are deployed based on the job at hand. The adjustable wrench works perfectly in situations where there are hexagon-shaped nuts to be adjusted.
It’s not possible to do plumbing work without deploying pipes at certain stages. There are several tools that are needed to successfully install pipes or manipulate existing pipes.
- Pipe Cutters
These cutters are devices that are used by every plumber almost every time. These hand-held devices help you to manipulate the sizes and placement of pipes within the home or any other site.
There are various types of pipe cutters that are made to suit different individuals based on skill level and preference.
- Faucet Key
The faucet key is similar to a wrench but it doesn’t really belong to the family. This tool is also deployed a lot by plumbers. These small-sized tools are made in X-shape.
If there is a spigot or sillcock that needs to adjusted, a faucet key will most likely be deployed. The keys are designed to work on stem fittings like the 1/4″, 9/32″, 5/16″, and others.
Where the wrench fails, the plier excels. The plier is as paramount to plumbing work as the wrench is. It’s deployed in situations that require a small grip for fittings like the bolts and nuts. Pliers also fit conveniently into small confines.
For a plumber to get his work done on time, he needs to make use of a hacksaw at certain points. Deploying this device is actually a lot of work but it saves you a lot more time. The hacksaw can cut through pipes of various thicknesses, and fittings like bolts, nuts, and screws.
- Thread Sealing Tape
A freshly completed joint-threading job is not yet complete until it’s patched with some quality thread sealing tape – also called plumber’s tape.
The plumber’s tape is used to curb any leakage tendencies at threaded pipe joints. These tapes are made to withstand extreme leakage-causing situations.
- Plumber’s Torch
There are several situations where a plumber would need a flaming-hot heat source to join pieces of metal (copper) pipes.
The plumber’s torch is a device that provides you with as much heat as you need to solder pipes. The torch is manufactured in such a way that it accurately delivers heat to the areas being worked on.
- Clearing Clogs
You have probably experienced clogging problems in your home at some particular point in time. Clogging is a common problem in plumbing work and every plumber that is worthy of the title can work around the situation.
There are different tools that a plumber might have to deploy to deal with these situations.
These devices are also deployed in the attempt to un-clog a pipe-way. The hand auger is deployed with the aid of a hand crank. There are various models of this device available for use based on individual preference.
Plungers are common tools that are not only used by plumbers but also most people in their respective homes. The difference is that plumbers make use of more serious plungers than the regular household plungers.
In the process of cutting, re-sizing, and re-shaping pipes, metal files are usually deployed. They are needed to make pipe edges smooth. Sharp edges could pose danger to the plumber while working. They also contribute to well-finished and fitted pipework.
This device is very similar to the hand auger. The difference is that the snake machine is motorized. These devices are deployed when the hand auger or plunger fails to un-clog pipe-ways. The snake machine is an advanced form of the hand auger.
Conclusion on Plumbing Tools List
This list of commonly used plumbing tools will give you some extra knowledge about how plumbing work is executed.
You might find yourself in a situation where you have to do some plumbing work on your own. You shouldn’t have much trouble locating some of the tools you would need to run the repair or installation. You could even ask your plumber to explain how some of these tools work and he/she could also demonstrate how to handle some of these tools.
You should know that no knowledge is waste – learning about these things now could be useful to you later on.