The Tools You Need for DIY Plumbing

Plumbing repairs can get pricey, we understand. Sometimes, with a little bit of research and the right tools, you could fix your plumbing problems yourself.

In this post, we give you a list of all the tools you’ll need to be prepared for any DIY plumbing job.

First and foremost:

You need to make sure you at least take some time to do research into the issue you’re about to DIY. Whether that’s reading articles or watching a few informative how-to videos, get yourself educated.

Make sure that before you go in and start hacking away at your pipes or your taps, turn off the water supply.

So what tools do you need?

Plumber’s/Pipe wrench: These are heavy wrenches used to tighten or loosen threaded pipes, fittings and nuts. Consider getting two – one for the turning and one for holding.

Basin wrench: This is a smaller wrench that should be part of everyone’s basic plumbing kit. It is used in much smaller spaces, such as to remove faucets in sinks. It is a crucial tool you need if you’re going to perform DIY plumbing projects.

Drain snake: This is a long, flexible metal cable that has a cone-shaped auger at the end. They are used to fix blockages within drains by feeding it down a drain, turning the handle to keep the cable spinning in order to dislodge anything that is stuck inside the drains.

Plumbers putty: An inexpensive tool which is used to create seals around faucets and drains. When working with leaks, plumbers putty is crucial. It is usually used in the installation of pipes, sinks, valves in order to provide a watertight seal.

Teflon tape: Also known as plumbers’ tape. It is used to provide a watertight seal on threaded pipe joints.

Locking pliers: Also known as vise-grips. Usually used when more force is required to help remove objects or when more grip is required to hold something in place. They will help reduce the amount of strain you will have to apply when trying to loosen objects in your DIY job.

Needle-nose pliers: These can be used for both cutting and holding. They’ll be useful when you’re doing a DIY project that requires you to work in small, tight spaces.

Caulk and caulk gun: Caulk is material that is made of silicone or latex, used to bond materials such as metal, glass, wood or ceramic. A caulking gun is the tool which is used when sealing up gaps and cracks. It will be useful when doing projects such as installing ceramic sinks or repairing shower seams.