Basic plumbing can be an easy job if you have the right tools. There are three basic tools that are needed for most plumbing jobs.
The Pipe Wrench
A pipe wrench is first on the plumbing tools list. You can use a pipe wrench for both metal pipes and PVC pipes. Since a pipe wrench is adjustable, one is all that’s normally needed. There are a few different pipe wrench sizes, but it’s adjustability makes it useful on different sized pipes, and makes it a must have tool. It can be used to tighten up a plastic or copper fitting. The pipe wrench is a handy tool because it can grab onto smooth pipes, not only fittings. The jagged metal teeth are angled in a way that when you turn the wrench the teeth grab the pipe and it turns. Since the pipe wrench is so universal in plumbing, it’s a must have.
The Pipe Cutter
This little tool is all that’s needed to cut copper water pipes. You might ask; how can that little tool do anything? Well, it’s human powered and works great. A copper pipe is inserted between the rollers where you want the pipe cut. Tighten down the sharp metal wheel and rotate the tool around the pipe a few times. Tighten down the wheel again and rotate the tool around the pipe and like magic the pipe will be cut in half. This tool is a must have because it’s easy to use, doesn’t use any electricity, very safe, and makes very clean cuts. If you are going to do any copper pipe work, then this little tool is a must have.
Propane Torch with Solder
The must have tool for connecting two copper pipes. Ever wonder how two copper water pipes are joined together? The answer is the trusty old torch and solder wire. It does take a little more experience to use a torch to solder two pipes together, but once you get the hang of it, you will be soldering pipes together like no one’s business. The torch is used to heat up both pipes and then to melt the solder into the joints. Once the pipes cool down the solder hardens and holds the two pipes together and creates a water tight seal. There is nothing better or faster than good old torch and solder.