The evolving image of plumbers past and present.

Long gone are the days of a plumber’s being portrayed as that of the super Mario type plumber holding a monkey wrench in one hand and a plunger in the other. Some of the basic plumbing tools will always be in places such as stilton’s, pipe benders and plungers, but through modernisation in materials, equipment and tools a plumber has many different options on how to go about completing a task. A traditional copper installation can be hampered in areas where soldering at high temperatures would be hazardous. An alternative would be to incorporate plastic, plastic fittings which are modern cost effective and very easy to fit.

Having the correct tools and equipment can drastically help to cut back on time spent on repairs. Understanding how to use the correct fittings to convey a water or gas supply to the point where it is required. To do so, plumbers not only have to understand the correct use of fittings, but also pressure, flow rates, gas regulation building regulations, and water regulations. A good plumber will have knowledge of all these factors, which are very important pre-installation checks.

Learning plumbing requires creative input, this comes through years of on the job experience. The creative side of plumbing cannot be learnt in a classroom. Like driving a car, after successfully passing the driving test you adapt a suitable style that works best for you. Creative variations of an individual’s style of plumbing will add improvements. Variations to the traditional way of plumbing should still be within the guidelines set down by the local authority and most be maintained at all times.

Plumbers undertaking small tasks such as plumbing repairs are usually left to use their own creative skills to find the most appropriate way to complete a repair. Larger projects are far more complex, a consultation with the customer on the order of work and the choice of materials to be used i.e. copper or plastic, this is a standard part of the preparation. Large projects may even require the expertise of other skilled trades’ i.e. plumbers and electricians. Theses combined skills are often required on the installations of central heating systems.

Good plumbers that have a passion for the industry will understand that the tools material and equipment are important, but without the added experience and creativity input, the best tools and equipment can only take you so far.