A Plumbing Tools List in Miami for the Home DIY-er

plumbing instruments listIf you are a long-term homeowner, you need a plumbing toolkit. Plumbing problems happen in a home and the longer you live there the more likely you are to need to fix something. A clogged sink, dripping faucets, toys in the toilet, and leaky pipes happen after a period of time. If you call a plumber for each and every issue you will have a great relationship with your plumber, but your wallet will be mighty skinny. If you are the fix-it person in the home,  here is a plumbing tools list in Miami to slip to Santa.

Skip Santa and fill the list yourself.  We are going to assume that you already have a hammer, tape measure, screwdriver, drill driver, utility knife, safety goggles, work gloves and a tool box. They are the basic tools of home repair.

These are the rest of the needed plumbing implements. You need a propane torch with a self-lighting head, for sweating copper pipes. You need a pair of channel locks, two sizes, 10-inch and 12-inch. You need a hacksaw to cut through the metal pipe. Keep extra blades on hand for replacements when one breaks. You need metal files to remove burrs on metal pipes, both a half-inch round, and a rat tail file.

You will need a basin wrench to loosen and tighten nuts for sink faucets. You need a pipe wrench, actually two, one for turning and one to grip and hold. You need a hand auger or a plumber’s snake, to get that toy out of the toilet we mentioned earlier. You need an adjustable wrench for working on supply lines with hex shaped nuts, two sizes, the 6 inch and the 10 inch. You need a tubing cutter, it looks sort of like a c-clamp. It is the easiest way to cut copper pipe and you need two, the standard size and the mini-cutter.

You need a plunger, the first tool in the process of unclogging toilets and drains. You need a closet auger that is designed to clear toilet clogs.  The last tool you should keep in your toolbox is a fire-resistant cloth and a fire extinguisher, for when you use the open-flame propane torch.

This basic plumbing tools list will cover the minor repairs, and for the major repairs, call your local plumbing professional in Miami-Dade County at (305) 699-3368.