Every plumber has their favourite tools for getting the job done. There are a few tools that every plumber should have handy, as these can help them handle even the toughest jobs. Here are the best tools for plumbers at any place in the industry.
The old plumber standby, the spanner is the most practical tool for plumbers, no matter the job they are doing. Before you head out to any job, you definitely want to have a few of these, one of each of the three sizes- small, medium and large. Spanners aren’t just useful for turning nuts, but they also help you reach tight spots, turn valves and twist pipes into place.
Here is another tool that comes in a few different sizes. You will likely want to have 8, 10, 15, 22 and 28mm pipe cutters to be able to handle any size of copper pipe. Most pipe cutters are not adjustable, so having a variety of sizes ensures that you have the right tool for the job. These cutters can slice through just about any kind of pipe, and they are perfect for removing sections of a pipe at a time.
Sometimes a pipe cutter just can’t do the job that needs to be done. That’s when you pull out a telescopic tube cutter. This beauty can cut through practically anything, and it comes with a de-burring feature that can smooth out rough edges. That is a feature that is perfect for giving yourself a clean cut when you need pipes to fit together smoothly.
Not every nut or pipe can be turned properly with a spanner. Sometimes you have to bring out the adjustable pipe wrench. This is the tool most people think of when they think of plumbing tools, and it has numerous applications. Probably its most functional use is to remove nuts and other fasteners that are corroded or smoothed out and unable to be grasped by the proper tools. If you don’t; have a pipe wrench handy, then you probably aren’t ready to do some plumbing.
Sometimes you need a fine tool for a precise job. Needle-nose pliers can get into spaces that no other tool can and fix problems that other tools would be too bulky for. Whether you need to cut wires, place screws or work a delicate job, needle-nose pliers are going to come in handy.
Most plumbers have a couple of screwdrivers, but you need a real assortment of them to be prepared for any job. You need at least one common and one Philip head screwdriver to start, but you also want a few different sizes of each one. If you are using the wrong size, you can strip the screws and leave yourself in a tight spot. You also want to make sure that you are using dependable and sturdy screwdrivers that won’t snap or bend on a tough screw.