5 Handy Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have in Their Toolbox
Are you planning any handyman DIY or Do-It-Yourself plumbing projects? Before you begin unclogging that plugged up drain or fixing a leaky pipe, ensure your toolbox contains the following important items.
1. Toilet Plungers (Cup and Flange models)
Plungers are one of the most important tools in any toolbox. A necessity, it would be wise to have both varieties - a Flange Plunger and a Cup Plunger - to clear any toilet clogs. The Flange Plunger is designed to unplugg toilets and a Cup Plunger is designed to handle sinks, tubs, and showers.
2. A Hand Auger
A Hand Auger employs a hand crank so as to push a metal wire through the drains of tubs, showers or sinks, unplugging the clog. Generally, considered the next step when a Flange or Cup Plunger fails to display effective results. A Hand Auger should not be used on flush toilets.
3. A Basin Wrench
A Basin Wrench is utilized to tighten and loosen nuts on sink faucets. Easily recognizable, the Basin Wrench has a a long shaft and a swivel, and a clamp-like apparatus at one end. This handy wrench is designed to access faucet bolts that may be found in the narrow and sometimes deep spaces that exist behind your sinks.
4. A Hacksaw
The Hacksaw is a handy little item that is able to cut through metal, plastic pipes, screws, nuts, bolts, and any other hardware that may be present. When making any tough cuts, please ensure the blade is firm for more effective use.
5. Tongue and Groove Pliers
The specific purpose of Tongue and Groove Pliers is to grab, twist, pull, hold, tighten, or loosen anything. They are easily recognizable with its serrated jaws that are set approximately 45 to 60 degrees from the handles, which make them appear curved. You will want to ensure your toolbox has a pair of these efficient and effective pliers.
Are you prepared for that next DIY plumbing project? Small plumbing issues, such as clogged drains and leaky pipes, are all part of being a homeowner. Having a toolbox of effective tools means you'll be able to handle just about any simple plumbing problem.
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