6 Must Have Plumbing Tools for DIYourselfers

Published On November 4, 2015 | Home, Kitchen Remodeling

While you may not be the world’s most efficient handyman, it is always a good idea to be prepared for common domestic emergencies. Having at least a few necessary tools and the required knowledge in order to put them to use will prove to be extremely beneficial when you least expect it. Save yourself time and money by avoiding a pointless call to your plumber in the middle of the night.

Plumbing may seem like an impossible task meant for a professional to handle. However, by equipping your home with a small toolbox filled with a few tools deemed necessary based on the type of work you expect to encounter, you may surprise yourself with your handiwork. These are the tools we feel our essential for your DIY plumbing needs.


Locking Pliers

One thing you’ll need is a tool that is adjustable to fit your specific need at the time. Locking pliers come equipped with a bolt that is used to adjust the spacing between the jaws. These will come in handy for an array of plumbing jobs.

Needle-Nose Pliers

These are necessary for jobs in hard to reach places or work on small objects. The long nose is able to reach where other pliers can’t and handle detail work as well.

Plumbers Tape

For a quick fix, plumbers tape is your best friend. It’s very easy to use and works great as a seal on any threaded pipes, including showerheads and faucet supply lines.

Plumbers Putty

This sticky, clay-like substance is mainly used for installation and sealing. It can be used to seal drainpipes or other areas with exposed unpressurized water, as a way to stop any leaks from occurring.

Basin Wrench 

When dealing with inaccessible places, mostly beneath the sink, this wrench allows you to reach into the confines of your sink and tighten a number of fasteners that other wrenches cannot. The long shaft can get into those hard to reach places without a problem.

Caulk and Caulk Gun

Caulk is something everybody should keep handy as it has a variety of uses. Used to keep air and water out, caulk can be helpful when installing ceramic sinks or repairing shower tile.

While these tools aren’t the answer for every problem, they can be of great help for those simple fixes, or just to contain the issue until the plumber arrives. When dealing with tricky toilets or broken showers, your best bet may be to start with your toolbox rather than running straight to your neighborhood plumber.


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