Basic plumbing tools


Basic plumbing tools



The most basic plumbing tools.  

Through out the contraction industry each individual trade has its own specialised tools and equipment. The bread and butter plumbing tools are very basic, but never the less these items are very effective.  Without them a plumbing repairs would be almost imposable, these four basic plumbing tools in our opinion for popularity and usage exceeds all the others.  The popularity of each item described is depicted by a percentage i.e.  (pliers/grips 35%)   (adjustable spanner 25%)   (PTEF tape 30%)  (Cordless light 10%.

plumbing tools plier/grips

The most frequently used plumbing tool are pliers/grips they come in varying sizes from the standard wide grip that is suitable to accommodate 15mm/22mm compression.  This hand tool could be substituted for other similar item’s on the market, however the popularity of this tools a monks plumbers speaks for it self.  One of  the benefits of the pliers/grips is its  ability to be adjusted,  the width of the grip can be widened to adding extra compression power when in use.  The life expectancy of a tool like this is dependant on the quality of the item purchased.  Some of the high end of the market pliers have great durability that repels years of heavy usage making them an invaluable part of the team and a most for a plumbers tool kit.

Adjustable spanner.

The adjustable pocket size spanner is a useful tool,  it comes into its own when handling larger sized spanners become hampered when working in a space restricted area.  It can also be used to steady a fitting whilst applying force in the opposite direction when locking up a compression joint.  They come fitted with a swivel adjuster situated in the head of the tool. easily operated to accommodate various sized fittings.  The adjustable spanner is one of the least inexpensive plumbing tools, but yet invaluable to a plumber when face with a problem that requires a small adjustable robust means of leverage in a small space.  This basic plumbing tool is readily available at most plumbers merchants.  You may notice this type of spanner on display near the counter the next time you visit your local plumbers merchants.

Basic tool adjustable spanner


PTFE tap a useful sealant for compression joints.

A compression joint is alternative to push fit or soldering, a compression is antoher method of jointing pipes together.  Compression joints used on their own may be an adequate fitting fully capable of adding restraint the water supply.  However and important aspect of Emergency plumbing repairs is reducing the possibility of leaks appearing shortly after a plumber as complete a repair. Employing the use of PTFE  tap saves  plumbers waisting time revising  jobs with a recurring leak.  This sealant acts as a barrier when applied to joints, too much will create difficulties when closing  joints,  and too little will be ineffective as a water barrier.   Is there an alternative to PTEF tap?  yes, leak sealants can also come as a paste,  and when applied to a joint this also acts as leak prevention barrier.

A cordless light is essential for a plumber when working in remote or poorly lit areas.

Arguably model lighting should be classed as equipment rather than a tool, but nevertheless in certain situations work would be impossible without the use of adequate lighting.  A model rechargeable light presents 0 chance of electrocution if penetrated by water, the power source comes via a rechargeable battery attached at the rear of the unit. This useful peace of equipment can be purchased at less than £30, it comes with varying  options of being recharged. Option (1) mains plugin  Option (2) in car charger, so a drop in battery power can be re energised from one job to anther to sustain its use throughout the day.

One of the advantages of using a cordless light is it provides a sustained source of lighting in areas where a plug-in light would be dangerous or impossible.

Cordless Light
Improve versility on the job with the right choice of tools and equipment.

This choice of basic plumbing tools is subjective to choice, other plumbers may differ in the choice of prioritising certain tools above others.  But if placed in a position of having to attend an emergency plumbing repair with only the option of four tools, then these four would definatly be the choice.  Please keep in mind,   with only four basic plumbing tools carrying out a successful plumbing repair would be difficult but not impossible.

An Emergency plumbers  main enthusiast is the provention of water damage to household goods and property,  by firstly shutting off the water supply this will ilmiminate the emediate threat of water damage.  Isolation can be done at the stopcock, if ridged the use a pocket sized adjustable spanner can asist.   If extra leverage is requier due to a seizure then employ the use of wide grip pliers.  The stopcock will most likey be situated in a poorly lit area e.i  under the kitchen,   a cordless light will speed up the process of identifing the stopcock.  Good lighting also gives a plumber the abity to scrutinise work carried out on completion that may have otherwise been over looked.

With the isolation of the stop cock, any possiabity of water damage will be eliminated.  An investigation into the cause of the leak can then begin.   A damaged or leaking compression joint can be removed cleaned realigned or replaced, then rapped with PTFE tap for extra security,  repressurise and inspected for leaks.

The frequent use of these tools as but them on our most have list when attending plumbing repairs.  However,  these tools are merely a platform from which to build a much wider selction of plumbing tools.   Whenever faced with difficulties on the job a variation in tool option will offer a greater possibility of completing the repair.

Experience is a crucial aspect of what a plumber’s ideal choice of  basic plumbing tools is based on.  There will variations in selection across the industry depending on the individuals sector of expertise.


Basic plumbing tools
Basic plumbing tools are merely a platform from which to expand and add other sophisticated tools and equipment to your plumbing kit.


















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