There are so many tools in the average toolbox that it may be surprising that you may still have to buy some specialized plumbing tools.
Although some of your everyday tools will do the trick, there are some special purchases you should be making if you have decided to go DIY on your home plumbing. Below, we look at some of the more useful tolls you should have in your tool box.
The first plumbing tool that most keen do-it-yourselfers want to get their hands on is the plumber's torch. While this is understandable, as blow torches are pretty cool for anyone that has yet to grow up, the safety issues involved are quite apparent. You should add to this purchase a fireproof cloth to protect surrounding areas that could get damaged by the open flame. If you are a little over zealous, a fire extinguisher may also be a worthy investment.
Before you even begin with the torch, you will need to get a hacksaw to cut pipes and all manner of other plumbing parts. To be safe, make sure that the blade will sit tight in the frame when you are cutting, or you could see yourself going through a lot of blades. In an emergency, you can use a piece of tough material wrapped around the end of a broken blade to fashion a handle. Whilst no one will ever recommend it, sometimes this is an essential tip. You could buy specialist pipe cutters, but these are a touch expensive, so only worry about them if you are seriously taking on large jobs.
Next up in the list of essential plumbing tools will be wrenches and spanners. This is where it becomes a little more complicated, as often the tools designed for plumbing are intended for a very specific purpose. Take for example the basin wrench; this tool is design specifically for tightening and loosen the nuts that hold faucets in place, as the space behind a sink is often cramped at the best of times. There are many other types of wrenches and clamps that all have their uses, so you may be better off buying a set of plumbers tools as this will most likely have a selection of wrenches, which are each essential in their own way.
For smaller jobs like cleaning our drains, you will need two kinds of plumbers tools. The first of these is a plunger; every plumber's first port of call. You might be surprised how many problems can be fixed with this little beauty. Should a blockage be a bit more stubborn, you could try using an auger. This tool is a plumber's best friend and has a steel tube that comes out of it. The most common forms reach about 25 feet, so you can reach even the hardest of places. In short, the tool is used to force the blockage out of the drain and into the open where it can be removed. There is even a specialist version that is slightly bigger that is designed specifically for toilets and large drains.