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Plumbing Tool Essentials for Beginners

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows the basic tools required for most plumbing projects

Steps:

  1. Richard recommends labeling the main water shutoff valve to make it easy to locate in an emergency.
  2. Water pump pliers are a good multipurpose plumbing tool. Richard recommends selecting a pair that opens wide enough.
  3. An adjustable open-end wrench allows for tightening and loosening without leaving behind marks.
  4. A basin wrench allows facuet nuts that are hard to access to be loosened and tightened.
  5. A screwdriver with multiple tips allows one tool to be used for many applications.
  6. A plunger is useful for clearing stopped toilets.
  7. For more difficult clogs, a closet auger can be used in toilets.
  8. A plumbing snake can clear clogged drainpipes.
  9. Identify a local plumber who can be called in an emergency and keep his number handy.

Resources:

All of the tools and materials listed here can be found at a home center or plumbing supply store.


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