First and for all, doing plumbing works is a thing that expert plumber Windsor does, and therefore is not really advised for homeowners who lack the experience and expertise. What makes it dangerous is if one has inadequate experience and skills in doing plumbing, there is a greater chance of failure that may further lead to expensive repair costs. However, some little maintenance in times of emergency may be fairly handy enough to do with just the right tools and a careful following of instructions.
If you still think that you are capable enough to handle simple plumbing jobs especially if the circumstance necessitates a fast fix or maintenance, then the following tools should be in your tool kit:
The 3 Basic Wrenches
Wrenches can vary but the three that you should have are pipe, basin, and adjustable wrenches. Pipe wrenches are better when they are in pair; one for turning and the other one is for stabilizing. They can be quite helpful for situations that need real leverage especially when you need to loosen a rusted fitting. Of course, there are many situations that these tools become handy.
Basin wrench can be unrecognizable especially when you are not too familiar with plumbing tools. It has a spring-loaded jaw, which makes it ideal for turning or gripping bolts in a very tight space and angle. If you have frequent problems with your kitchen sink, you might need a basin wrench as it can easily loosen and fasten bolts and fasteners that are difficult to reach.
An adjustable wrench is, by far, the most versatile among the three as it can accommodate and adjust to fit different sizes. While it is surprisingly inexpensive, it is often and effectively used for showerhead and faucet replacement projects.
Plumbing works are known for spills and wettings, and all plumbers, professionals or DIY-ers, know that a plumbing tape is almost like a necessity when doing plumbing-related works. But take note that a plumber tape is not any like normal tapes. It can effectively seal tubes and/or connect pipes to showerheads. All you need to do is to wrap some layers without leaving any space to seal the pipes effectively. The tape’s performance is affected commonly by the quality of the tape and the wrapping technique.
Tongue and groove pliers are the next tools you would need in your kit. These pliers are effective especially when you need the jaws to open or grab big things. Similar to the wrenches, they can also be used to tighten, loosen, and turn materials.
Alongside the plumber’s tape, a plumbing project may frequently need a plunger. Whether it is a clogged drain or an overflowing toilet, a plunger is the most go-to tool that can be used. You don’t even need to gain expertise with this, although knowing the proper way to use it is still advised.
If you do not know how to use a plumber, this simple technique might help: consider putting petroleum jelly under the sink to plunge effectively.
If any of these is lacking in your toolbox, then we advise that you have them complete before considering doing any simple DIY.