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Did you ever have to call a plumber to fix a leak or a stubborn clog only because you didn’t have the right tool for the job? Here is a list of essential tools plumbers use to fix problems and complete plumbing jobs.
Plumbing specific tools and consumables
- Channel-Lock Pliers (tongue and groove)
- Adjustable Open-End Wrench (adjustable spanner, crescent wrench or in Europe French key)
- Pipe Cutter (tubing cutter)
- Teflon Tape (plumber’s tape or PTFE)
- Plumber’s Putty
- Crimping Tool For PEX Tubing
- Crimp Removal Tool
- Crimp Rings
- Pipe Wrench
- Basin Wrench
- Strainer Locknut Wrench
- Shower Valve Socket Wrench
- Sink Auger (or drum auger)
- Toilet Auger
- Flange Plunger (toilet plunger)
- Sink And Tub Plunger
- Caulk Gun
- Silicone Caulk
Also called “plumber’s pliers” or “water-pump pliers” these are adjustable pliers with serrated teeth and expandable jaws. They can be used on various sizes of pipes and nuts.
This is maybe the most important tool in a plumber’s toolbox. With its adjustable jaw it can provide a lot of flexibility and speed while working in a position where you don’t want to constantly look for another tool.
Another essential tool since plumbing involved more than anything cutting, joining and routing pipes.
This is the tool used to prevent leakage when joining threaded connections. It seals the pipes being joined together the most common example being the shower head.
This is a substance used to seal plumbing joints and fittings. Usually a small amount of plumber’s putty is applied to the threads of water pipes whe joined together. It is also used to seal for example the sink stainer.
Whenever you need to join, split or connect PEX tubing you need the crimping tool. This tool will squeeze the crimp rings tight around the pipe and the connector inserted in the pipe creating a sealed connection.
If you use a a crimper and crimp rings sooner or later you’ll need to remove some rings.
A special type of wrench that works on round pipes and fittings and used to make threaded connections.
The right tool for tight spaces. When you need to remove a faucet you will need one of these. It is a more complex tool with a spring loaded jaw, a swivel head and a T handle. While on smaller sinks like in bathroom you might get away with other tools, in the case of the kitchen sink you will most likely need the basin wrench.
While working on tub and showers you can’t get away without these deep socket wrenches. Luckily they are not expensive
An essential tool for removing stubborn clogs that cannot be solved with a plunger
A special type of auger used to unclog toilets.
A plunger designed for the toilet
Is the basic tool to remove occasional clogs in the tub or the sink
Another essential tool not only for every plumber but for every home. Every time when you need to apply a bead of silicone caulk you will need a caulk gun. It is used to get the caulk out of the caulk tube. It is usually a manual tool but you can also get a powered one.
Used to seal sinks, tubs, showers and many other things this is one of the most used consumables in plumbing.
Other common but essential tools