There are times when you may need to make a quick fix yourself on your pipes, so it’s important to have the right tools in your toolbox. Use this helpful guide to stock your tool box and understand what each is best used for.
You will be dealing in small, dark spaces when working on most of your pipes. Lighting will be sparse so having a flashlight handy will allow you to see what you are doing.
An adjustable wrench is a versatile tool to have at your disposal when working on your plumbing. You can use it to tighten connections, grip pipes, test valves, as a temporary hammer, and so much more.
A set or two of pliers, including a pair of needle-nose pliers, can come in handy when a wrench just can’t get the job done. There are times when you need to adjust small components that a wrench is just too big for, and a pair of pliers is just what you need. Having needle-nose pliers helps when you need to remove a clog from a pipe.
Caulk or putty
Either can be used to fill gaps around sinks, tubs, or faucets. Over time caulking can wear down and need replacing. It also comes in handy if you are replacing sink hardware and need to reapply the caulking.
Silicone tape works great as a temporary stop leak or at least slow it down until a plumber arrives. Be careful not to confuse it with plumber’s tape or Teflon tape which a different type of plumbing tool. Plumber’s tape is used on the threading of pipes before they are connected together.
When dealing with pipes, you’re going to need towels on hand to clean up any leaks or spills. They also serve a secondary purpose; they can be used to grab hold of hot pipes, clean your hands of grease, or add traction when using the wrench.