Are you a do-it-yourselfer? If you’re the type that’s handy around the house and will do anything to stall calling an expert, these plumbing tools are must-haves if you’re going to fix plumbing issues yourself.
- Basic Plunger – A no-brainer, right? It’d be a shame to have to call a plumber for a lightly clogged toilet!
- Sink Plunger – Much like its toilet counterpart, only smaller to maximize suction around your sink’s drain.
- Snake – When the plunger won’t do it’s time to pull out the heavy artillery. The snake wends its way deep into the piping to work through even the nastiest clogs.
- Closet Auger – The auger is similar to the snake, but it’s made specifically for toilet clogs.
- Pipe Wrench – A plumbing necessity. Pipe wrenches are used in pairs to maximize leverage on pipe fixtures.
- Spud Wrench – Similar to a traditional wrench, only much bigger to work on sinks and toilets.
- Gaskets and O-rings – These simple tools prevent water from leaving the faucet once it’s been turned off. Keep some spares around so when your gaskets go bad you can be Jonny-on-the-spot and fix it yourself, inexpensively.
Stock your home toolkit with the above tools and you’re well on your way to becoming a legitimate plumber!