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88 Essential Tools For Your Plumbing Tool Kit

There are many tools a plumber needs to do a good plumbing job. While many simple plumbing tasks can be completed with a few common hand held tools, other more complex jobs require specialised tools, designed specifically to make the job easier.

Not just having the right plumbing tools, but knowing how to use them correctly can make plumbing repairs much easier. Always study the instruction manuals to make sure you can handle these tools and devices safely, and maintain them properly.

As the saying goes: take care of your tools and they’ll take care of you. Buy the best you can afford. Good tools will last a lifetime and can be passed down through generations.

Here are 88 essential tools for your plumbing tool kit.

Plumbing Tool Kit

acid-brushes

Acid/Flux Brush

Used to apply flux to copper fittings. Comes with the flux.

adjustable-locking-pliers

Adjustable Locking Pliers

Adjustable pliers with jaws that lock in place to clamp securely on an object.

adjustable-wrench-tool

Adjustable Wrench

Movable jaw allows adjustment of wrench to fit a variety of bolt heads and nuts.

basin-wrench

Basin Wrench

Tightens or removes hard-to-reach faucet mounting and coupling nuts.

bench-vise

Bench Vise

Lightweight vice for clamping objects for cutting or assembly.

blow-bag-drain-bladder

Blow Bag / Drain Bladders

Builds up water pressure, then releases a burst of water for pushing out clogs in floor drains and waste lines.

cast-iron-snap-cutter

Cast Iron Snap Cutter

Allows cutting of tough cast iron pipe.

caulking-gun

Caulking Gun

Delivers a bead of sealant or glue from a disposable tube. Caulk seals seams and plugs cavities.

chalk-line

Chalk Line

Used to mark a line out with chalk for cutting or for reference purposes.

closet-auger

Closet Auger

Clears clogs in toilets without damaging the porcelain surface.

coil-spring-tubing-bender

Coil Spring Tubing Bender

Fits over copper tubing, allowing bending without crimping the pipe.

cold-chisel

Cold Chisel

Marks or breaks hardened metals, such as cast iron pipe.

combination-square

Combination Square

Used for marking common angles.

copper-fitting-brush

Copper Fitting Brush

Deburrs and cleans debris from the interior surface of copper pipe and fittings.

copper-tubing-deburrer

Copper Tubing Deburrer

Deburrs and cleans debris from the exterior surface of copper pipe.

cordless-reversible-drill

Cordless Reversible 3/8 Inch Drill

Makes it easier to drive screws and fasteners.

cordless-screwdriver

Cordless Reversible Screwdriver

Used to drive and remove screws and fasteners.

diagonal-cutters

Diagonal Cutters

Prevents distortion of dryer pipe when cutting.

drain-snake-dain-auger

Drain Snake / Drain Auger

A slender tube with a handle on one end that clears blocked or slow draining waste and drain lines.

electric-element-socket

Electric Element Socket

Helps when removing the electrical element in a water heater.

emery-cloth

Emery Cloth

A very finely gritted cloth, textured like sandpaper. Used to remove burrs and clean debris from copper supply pipe.

metal-files-set

Files - Round And Flat

Files made of smooth metal, wood or plastic.

flame-protection-sheet

Flame Protection

A fireproof sheet of material – placed between a propane torch flame and a flammable object while soldering.

flanged-plunger

Flanged Plunger

Folds up into a cup during use, then discharges a forceful burst of water to clear clogs in sinks and toilets.

flaring-tool

Flaring Tool

Fits over the end of copper pipe and flares out the end as the screw is tightened. So that the end will seal properly with the gas line fitting.

flashlight

Flashlight

Useful for dark and hard-to-see places.

hacksaw

Hacksaw

Cuts metal, metal piping and plastic piping.

hacksaw-mini

Hacksaw - Mini

Cuts metal, metal piping and plastic piping in hard-to-reach places.

hammers-and-mallet

Hammers And Mallet

Drives nails and used for striking metallic objects.

hand-auger

Hand Auger

A handheld device with a crank and a cylinder containing a coiled tube that is fed out by turning the crank to clear clogs.

handle-puller

Handle Puller

Removes stubborn handles without damaging them.

hex-key-allen-wrench-set

Hex Key / Allen Wrench Set

Tightens and loosens set screws.

hole-saw

Hole Saw

A bit that fits on the end of a power or hand drill for cutting holes in wood.

inspection-mirror

Inspection Mirror

A telescoping handle with an adjustable mirror at the end that allows seeing into tight spaces.

keyhole-saw

Keyhole Saw

A handheld saw with a thin, replaceable blade for cutting in tight spaces.

flux-and-solder

Lead-Free Flux And Solder

Flux cleans the surface of copper pipe. Solder joins the pipe to the fitting with a tight seal.

carpenters-level

Level - Carpenter’s

Determines vertical and horizontal level. Used for determining slope of pipe runs.

line-level

Level - Line

A level that sits on a string to find slope for running pipe.

plumb-bob-level

Level - Plumb Bob

Determines vertical levelling of an object.

torpedo-level

Level - Torpedo

A small level that allows easy access to tight spaces. Often comes with a magnetic edge, which makes it a good choice for levelling metal appliances.

long-nosed-pliers

Long-Nosed Pliers

Grips wires and small objects while holding them in place in tight spaces.

miter-box

Miter Box

Cuts pipe while holding it in place for square even cuts.

needle-nose-pliers

Needle-Nose Pliers

Grips small objects while holding them in place in tight spaces.

penetrating-oil

Penetrating Oil

Loosens “frozen” nuts, bolts and threaded pipe by penetrating the threads.

pipe-joint-compound

Pipe Joint Compound

Ensures a perfect seal for threaded pipe.

pipe-wrench

Pipe Wrench

Tightens, loosens and clamps pipes and large fittings.

plastic-pipe-cement

Plastic Pipe Cement

Solvent that cements plastic to plastic plumbing fittings. Available in all-purpose formulas.

plastic-pipe-primer

Plastic Pipe Primer

Primer prepares PVC and CPVC plastic pipe for cement when connecting to a fitting.

plastic-tubing-cutter

Plastic Tubing Cutter

Cuts plastic piping with a clean and square cut. Important when seating the pipe in a fitting.

plumbers-putty

Plumber’s Putty

Provides a watertight seal for fixtures. Make sure the type is compatible with materials and surfaces.

power-circular-saw

Power Circular Saw

Uses various blades to cut wood and plastic.

power-reversible-drill

Power Reversible 3/8-Inch Drill

Drives screws and fasteners. Drills holes.

po-wrench

PO Wrench

For holding pop-up plugs and drain strainers in place during installation.

propane-torch

Propane Torch

Supplies fuel from a cylinder and through a torch fitting to produce a flame for soldering copper pipe.

pry-bar

Pry Bar

A lever that allows lifting or separation of heavy objects.

putty-knife

Putty Knife

Used to apply putty and caulk to surfaces. Or used to scrape putty and caulk from surfaces.

ratchet-type-pvc-cutter

Ratchet-Type PVC Cutter

Used to cut plastic pipe with a square smooth cut.

ratchet-wrench-and-socket-set

Ratchet Wrench And Socket Set

Easily tightens and removes bolts and nuts.

reciprocating-saw

Reciprocating Saw

Cuts wood, metal or plastic with the proper blade.

retractable-steel-tape-measure

Retractable Steel Tape Measure

Used to make measurements.

right-angle-drill

Right-Angle Drill

Drills easily in hard-to-reach places.

safety-goggles

Safety Goggles

Protect the eyes from flying particles or splashing fluids.

scratch-awl

Scratch Awl

Marks metal by etching the surface.

seat-dressing-tool

Seat Dressing Tool

A specialised tool that smooths and resurfaces non-removable seats.

seat-wrench

Seat Wrench

A specialised tool designed to reach into the faucet stem to remove or tighten removable seats.

self-adjusting-pliers

Self-Adjusting Pliers

Provides an instant positive grip for removing or tightening pipe.

shower-stem-socket

Shower Stem Socket

Deep-throated socket used to remove compression stems embedded in shower walls.

silicone-grease

Silicone Grease

Lubricates faucet and valve assemblies.

slip-joint-pliers

Slip Joint Pliers

The jaws adjust to two settings by slipping from a smaller setting to a larger one.

slotted-and-phillips-screwdrivers

Slotted And Phillips Screwdrivers

Drives and removes screws by hand.

small-wire-brush

Small Wire Brush

Cleans debris and mineral deposits from pipe and fittings.

snake-flashlight

Snake Flashlight

A flexible flashlight that can be wrapped and positioned to direct light into hard-to-see places, freeing hands to work.

spade-bits

Spade Bits

Specifically designed for wood. Used when running pipe through studs or joists.

spark-lighter

Spark Lighter

A tool that produces a spark to light a propane torch for soldering copper pipe.

speed-bits

Speed Bits

High-speed bits designed for drilling through metal, wood or plastic.

spiral-saw

Spiral Saw

A high-speed cutting tool with a drill-like blade for cutting holes in countertops, drywall and other soft surfaces.

spud-wrench

Spud Wrench

Specially designed tool to remove and tighten very large (2 to 4 inch) nuts by grabbing onto the lugs for increased leverage.

carpenters-square

Square - Carpenter’s

Used to lay out right angles and check corners for 90 degrees.

steel-wool

Steel Wool

Smooths and cleans metal surfaces. Graded by numerals, with 000 being the finest.

strainer-locknut-wrench

Strainer Locknut Wrench

A specialty wrench with a locking jaw used to remove the basket strainers on a sink drain.

strap_wrench

Strap Wrench

Allows a secure hold to remove or tighten pipe or fittings without marring them.

teflon-tape

Teflon Tape

A ribbon of Teflon that wraps around threaded pipe, providing a secure seal.

toothbrush

Toothbrush

Cleans off mineral deposits and debris.

tubing-cutter

Tubing Cutter

Creates straight, smooth cuts in plastic or metal pipe.

tweezers

Tweezers

Small hand pliers that grasp, hold and remove small objects.

utility-knife

Utility Knife

Cuts and trims a variety of materials.

voltage-tester

Voltage Tester

Checks for voltage across an electrical circuit.

water-pump-pliers

Water-Pump Pliers

A multi-purpose gripping tool with ridged jaws for secure contact. Tape jaws to prevent damage to fragile fixtures.