The Tools Needed To Undertake DIY Plumbing Projects

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There is a reason that the motto of many plumbers is 'have more tools for the job than you need'. It can be very frustrating to start to undertake a DIY plumbing project, only to find out after you have started the job that you don't have the equipment or tools needed to properly finish off the job. This article looks at some of the essential tools you should have in your toolbox before you embark on a DIY plumbing project around the home.


This inexpensive and versatile tool is used for cutting metal and plastic pipes, screws bolts and other hardware. Maintain the hacksaw by ensuring that the blade is taut as it sits in the frame. Also make sure that you have spare blades in your toolbox.


This inexpensive tool is known as a plumber's best friend. It is usually the first thing a plumber will reach for when attempting to clear blockages in the toilet or the sink. It is an indispensable piece of kit.

Propane Torch

This is used for sweating copper pipes; a basic and often used plumbing skill. It is worth purchasing the slightly more expensive self-lighting model, rather than having to continually use another source (such as a match) to ignite the torch.


Plumbers usually get the 'tongue and groove' type of pliers, which are essential for gripping, twisting and tightening material during plumbing repairs. It is a good idea to get two different sized sets of pliers.


There are two types of wrenches that are essential to have in your toolbox. One is a basin wrench, which is used to loosen or tighten nuts in sinks or faucets. The other type of wrench is a pipe wrench; as the name suggests, these are used to loosen and tighten threaded pipes. You will need two of these pipe wrenches, one to grip and hold and one to turn.

Metal Files

These are ideal for removing burrs after a cut has been made into a metal pipe. Most experienced plumbers have at least two types of file; a long flat file and a round, tapered  file.

Tube Cutter

This ingenious tool will allow you to make clean and accurate cuts into any piping with minimum effort. It resembles a 'C' shape, and is secured around the pipe, then screwed to make the cut. Ideal for use in small or confined areas, where a hacksaw would struggle due to lack of space.

As a person builds up their DIY plumbing experience, more tools can and should be added to their toolbox. For more information, check out companies such as Epg Electrical Plumbing Group Pty Ltd.


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