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Tools for the DIY Plumber

Posted on November 11th, 2015

Here at Plumbing Medic, we understand that not every project requires the help of a professional. In fact, our YouTube Channel is jam-packed with how-to plumbing videos that tackle common plumbing problems such as an overflowing toilet or a smelly garbage disposal.

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But in order to take on a plumbing task, you’ve got to have the proper equipment. Here’s a list of tools every do-it-yourself (DIY) plumber should have:

Tongue-and-groove pliers

Frequently referred to as Channellocks (which is actually a brand name), this type of pliers is necessary for any plumbing venture that requires grabbing, pulling, twisting, holding, tightening or loosening. Make sure you grab two sizes: a 10-inch and a 12-inch.

Basin wrench

There’s really no other tool that can accomplish what the basin wrench does. It tightens and loosens the nuts that hold a kitchen faucet in place. The reason the basin wrench is so invaluable is that it has a long shaft and a rotating jaw that can fit into the deep and tight space behind a sink.

Pipe wrench

Big and heavy, this type of wrench is designed to tighten and loosen fittings, nuts and threaded pipes. Every DIY plumber should get two pipe wrenches: one for turning, and another for gripping.


No plumbing kit would be complete without this essential tool! The plunger is the go-to gadget for removing clogs from just about any drain, including sinks, showers and toilets.

What other equipment would you include in a DIY plumber’s toolbox? Sound off on Plumbing Medic’s Facebook page!

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