What Tools Are Used by Plumbers?

Published On August 29, 2019 | By Donald Llanas | Home improvement

Most customers never ask their plumbers what tool they use. There’s nothing wrong with that of course; after all, their priority is to get the plumbing issue fixed for which they have called the plumber in the first place.

However, if you don’t have a plumber issue that you need fixed in a few hours, you may want to read up a bit on what kind of tools plumbers use, as it may turn out to be useful information for you sometime down the road.

Channel Locks

These are popularly known as tongue & groove pliers. They are often used in place of pipe wrenches for certain plumbing issues. That’s not saying the latter are not used anymore though, they are still just as important to a plumber as they were before.

Many plumbers use channel locks to stabilize and unscrew a pipe; they usually use two channel locks at the same time to perform this task.

Pipe Wrench

There aren’t many other tools more important than pipe wrench. Although many plumbers use some different tools instead of pipe wrenches for certain plumbing tasks, pipe wrenches are not going anywhere anytime soon.

Different types of pipe wrenches are used for different applications. And mind you, there are many of them, such as end pipe wrenches and offset pipe wrenches.

Basin Wrench

As the name suggests, this tool is used to fix common issues with your faucet, including replacing the faucet.

A good plumber would usually use a professional grade model, which comes with a telescoping shank and ensures a much better level of accuracy when fixing a plumbing issue.

Hole Saw

Again, the name does a pretty good job of explaining what it does. It’s basically used for making holes in different things, including wood, concrete and masonry.

Hose Cutter

No, any guess you make about the use of this tool based on its name would be wrong. This is because this tool is primarily used for making accurate, perfect cuts in copper tubing.

Sink Auger

When it comes to clearing cogs in sink and tub drains, sink auger turns out to be the go-to tool of plumbers. It’s a tool that comes with a steel cable wrapped within a drum canister. There’s also a handle that needs to be turned after inserting the cable part of the tool into the drain.

This makes the drum rotate, which, in turn, eliminates any clogs that may have formed.


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