Like any tradesman, plumbers have certain tools that are specific to their trade. Today we will talk you through a plumbers’ guide to the most common tools you need in your kit.
Typically used by plumbers to cut copper pipe. Besides producing a clean cut, they often are a faster, more convenient way of cutting pipe than using a hacksaw thanks to the fact they leave relatively little need for deburring afterwards. As the tool is designed to fit around piping, it is less likely to slip, making it also the safer option.
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Commonly used for turning & holding nuts & bolts, gripping irregularly shaped objects and holding pipes. The sliding pivot gives a wide range of jaw openings whilst their unique box joint adjusting system allows quick and easy one-hand adjustment
Used to turn fasteners that would be difficult or almost impossible to reach with any other type of wrench. Specially designed for use in tight, confined hard to reach areas. A wide range is available for different applications to help make the job easier.
Used to tighten and loosen threaded pipes. The top jaw moves up and down and has toothed jaws for gripping onto the pipe. They come in a wide variety of different sizes to suit all applications. Ridgid offers some brilliant examples of pipe wrenches.
Ring-shaped saw blade attachment which is used in conjunction with a power drill. It rotates at high speeds to cut holes in a variety of different materials including wood, metal, plastic and brick. Used prior to installing drainage pipes and plumbing fittings for a clean finish.
A plumbing essential. Used to bend different types of piping such as copper and stainless steel in all directions and around obstacles to form various angles and curves. Cheaper and quicker than using fittings and removes the risk of leaking joints.
Much more effective than a plunger. Designed to provide safe and easy cleaning of toilet obstructions. The bulb-head auger features a compression-wrapped inner cable and a vinyl guard to protect porcelain.
Every plumber should benefit from having these tools in their kit. Not forgetting the essential spirit level, screwdriver and measuring tape, above is a list of common tools you will not be able to work without. Check out our Plumbers Tools section on our website where you can purchase all of these and more! 🙂