Before you start any Plumbing Work, you must be familiar with most of the Plumbing tools and what they are used for.
Are you planning to repair some plumbing fault yourself? You highly need to know some possible mistakes plumber makes.
Below are the list of Plumbing Tools and What they are used for
This tool has fixed or adjustable, toothed or smooth jaws at one end of a long handle. A variety of wrenches are available in the market depending on their jaw head size, handle size, jaw head shape, the purpose of use, etc. Some of the commonly used wrenches are the adjustable wrench, open end wrench, basin wrench, pipe wrench, e.t.c.
I will be emphasising on the Adjustable wrench. An adjustable pipe wrench is the quintessential metal plumbing tool. It provides tremendous leverage and grip. It is designed to grip round objects (such as pipes) securely by digging its sharp serrated teeth into the pipe with increasing pressure as the wrench is turned.
USES OF WRENCH
- Wrenches are used to hold, turn, remove, or fit plumbing pipes and fixtures.
- A pipe wrench leaves teeth marks behind and is not recommended for removal of shiny fixtures or for small or fragile pipes, like copper water pipes. Pipe wrenches are primarily used on galvanized steel and iron pipe and on heavy-duty fixtures (like outdoor spigots or hydrants) with rough finishes.
There are various types of plungers; each designed to be used on different types of drains. There is also a range in quality in plungers. When selecting a new plunger, make your choice based on how and where it will be used, and also on its quality. Selecting the right plunger can make using it correctly that much easier. And these are such inexpensive tools, that there’s no reason you shouldn’t have several on hand.
USES OF PLUNGER
- basic household tools for dealing with drain clogs of all sorts.
- A plunger works its magic by simple suction and pressure. When the rubber cup of the plunger is sealed down over the drain opening and the handle is moved up and down, the pressure of water forced up and down will dislodge most clogs and allow them to continue on through the drain pipes.
 PLUMBER TAPE
plumber’s tape is a thin white tape that you wrap around threads on pipes and fittings before twisting the parts together. Made with PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene), it is silky in texture and is sold in small rolls.
USES OF PLUMBER TAPE
- Essential material for preventing leaks at threaded plumbing connections.
- It adds a bit of lubricant to aid threading, and it helps to seal the joint to prevent leaks.
 TUBING CUTTER
The tubing cutter is an essential plumbing tool if you’re working with copper pipe. It has thin cutting wheels that cut the metal and a flat pressure wheel that applies pressure when you turn the tool’s knob. You clamp the tool onto a pipe and rotate it around the pipe, tightening the knob after every two or three rotations. The cutting wheels gradually cut through the material.
USES TUBING CUTTER
- Copper requires clean, square cuts, and tubing cutters do just that which much less effort than a hacksaw.
These are simple round, flat, disks with a hole at the center that sits inside the faucets and showerheads.
USES OF WASHERS
- The rubber, plastic, or metallic washers are used to control the intense flow of water through the faucets and showerheads.
- Washers are lifesavers for fixing leaky valves on sinks, radiators, and other old or traditional equipment.
Because hacksaws come in different sizes, plumbers sometimes carry both smaller and larger ones. That gives them the flexibility needed to handle any size job. On hacksaws, the blade can be installed with the teeth facing in front of or against the handle, enabling a cutting action on either the pull or the push stroke. Normally, cutting vertically, the blade of a hacksaw is set facing forwards.
USES OF HACKSAW
- Basically, hacksaw is use for cutting metal,
- Can also be useful in cutting PVC pipes, woods
 DRILL AND HOLE-BORING BITS
An electric drill or electric hammer drill equipped with auger, hole-saw or masonry bits.
USES OF DRILL AND HOLE BORING BITS
- Basically used for creating holes for differently sized plumbing pipes and systems.
 MEASURING TAPE
This is a simple equipment which all the plumbers have. A metallic measuring tape rolled inside a small, compact, plastic case.
USES MEASURING TAPE
- For measuring the dimensions of plumbing system and components.
- Also use for measuring the length of pipe for perfect pipe size.