What Are All Of Those Plumbing Tools?

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Closeup shot of man digging tree roots out of an old ceramic sewer pipe in a hole in the ground, pointing at the area where tree roots have invaded the joint in the pipe.

Few customers know what the inside of a plumber’s toolbox looks like or what kind of tools are in the box. For that matter, few customers know what the tools in a plumber’s toolbox are used for, at least specifically. The property owner is far more concerned with the larger picture like what is wrong, how long will it take to fix, and what is the bottom line? How much is this going to cost? So here is a list of some of the most basic tools a plumber uses during repairs. Now you can find out what a plumber does with his or her tools while water is not spewing all over your kitchen floor.

  • Rib-joint Pliers: A tool that serves as a gripper and turning device for fittings, pipes, bolts, and nuts.
  • Pipe Wrench: A tool long associated with professional plumbers, the pipe wrench can be used for handling pipes near a wall, for dealing with joints that have seized, and for handling pipes in odd locations, weirdly angled, or in a tight, confined space. Different types of pipe wrenches exist and the one a plumber will use is dependent on the task.
  • Metal File: A tool used following the cutting of metal with the goal of removing burs and smoothing out the metal’s surface.
  • Hose Cutter: A tool used for cutting into copper tubing so the correct shapes and sizes are cut into the metal tubing.
  • Hole Saw: When a professional needs to put a hole in masonry, wood, or concrete, this is the tool one uses.
  • Fire-Resistant Cloth: This material is used when there are surfaces that might be combustible nearby an area where soldering is occurring – this helps in prevention a potential fire.
  • Snakes: When the basic plunger fails to clear a clog, the snake or auger is the next tool to use. The snake is shaped as such – long and coiled up. It is made of metal and the cable is forced down into pipes with the use of a hand crank. The job of the snake is to clear clogs.
  • Channel locks: This tool is also referenced as a pair of tongue and groove pliers. This is another name for tongue & groove pliers: Can sometimes be used in place of the pipe wrench, and sometimes two are used simultaneously. One set of channel locks is used for pipe stabilization while the professional will use the additional set of channel locks for pipe removal.
  • Basin Wrench: Used to replace faucets – this tool is self-tightening and pro grade basin wrenches feature telescoping shanks: This allows the tool to hold an accurate 90-degree position.

The most important factor when it comes to plumbing and the protection of your property is the licensed technician who performs the repairs. No tools in the world will repair a thing if the technician is not experienced in the type of repair you require. A qualified and skilled technician from Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing will know what tools to use and when to use them to optimize the repair process.

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