27 May The Plumber’s Kit: What Tools are Inside and What Do They Do?
You did it: you bought your first home. It’s a true milestone and deserves celebration. Walking through the newly painted hallway, though, you notice a sound. It’s that dreaded tell-tale drip . . . drip . . . drip that keeps many homeowners up at night.
- Needle-nose pliers cut and grip small tubing. Their narrow, pointed form gets in hard-to-reach places.
- Tongue-in-groove pliers adjust to fit nearly any object. You need to slide its jaw and lock it in place. Plumbers frequently use this plier because of its versatility.
Caulk or “Plumber’s Putty”
- Pipe wrenches adjust using a toothed jaw that tightly grips materials. They give the user leverage to loosen or tighten threaded pipes and their fittings. The jaws have ridges, so place a cloth over any painted pipe. Otherwise, the wrench could scratch the paint.
- Adjustable wrenches handle many different jobs. Their adjustable jaw fits large or oddly-shaped fasteners.
- Basin wrenches access hard-to-reach areas under sinks. Their long bodies can reach far into cabinets without straining the user.