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DIY Plumbing – Build your own essential DIY kit.

We all need a plumber from time to time, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just rather do it yourself?
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We all need a plumber from time to time, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just rather do it yourself?

The question is just – Where do I start? Well, first you will have to make sure you have all the right tools for the job.

Some of the essentials you would need for DIY plumbing projects and emergencies are:

 

1.    THE MIGHTY PLUNGER

Before you start, it is important to know that there are different types of plungers and you will need at least the two most basic plungers for your DIY essential plumbing kit; The word plunger automatically brings an image of a rubber bell on the end of a stick to mind – which is the correct plunger to use for a clogged shower and drains because they use a flat surface to create a vacuum to push the clog through. However, you would need a flange plunger, better known as a “toilet plunger” which has a fold-out flap that fits the curves and bends of toilets if you need to unclog a toilet.

 

2.    THE PIPE WRENCH

The pipe wrench is used for turning soft iron pipes and fittings with a rounded surface. The pipe wrench should not be confused for a monkey wrench however, the monkey wrench has a smooth surface, while the pipe wrench has teeth.

 

3.    PLUMBER’S TAPE

Plumber’s tape is an absolute must-have in your DIY fixing kit.  Plumber’s tape is used to get a watertight seal on a threaded pipe joint. The tape looks easy to use, but there is a right way and a wrong way to apply it. You need to make sure the tape is wrapped around the pipe in the opposite direction of how the pipe will turn in the fitting. Even though it sounds confusing, you will get the hang of it.

4.    ADJUSTABLE WRENCH 

An Adjustable Wrench, also known as a shifter – has one fixed end and a movable jaw that allows it to be used with different sizes of fasteners (nuts, bolts, etc). A spanner is also a staple item for anyone serious about home repairs.

 

5.    PLIERS

Pliers, especially water pump pliers, are very important to have in your DIY plumbing kit. If you’re not up to caring a pipe wrench around, try to have two of these in your kit.


6.    HACKSAW

Hacksaw is perfect for when you need to cut through metal pipe, plastic pipe, screws, nuts, or bolts. Make sure you keep some extra blades in the kit as well. You’ll need different blades depending on the types of metal you’ll be cutting.

 

7.    SILICONE & CAULKING GUN

Silicone is used to hold, seal and glue things together. To apply it, you’ll need to buy a caulking gun. You’ll want to keep two types of silicone in the kit – one to be used on the guttering, and one that is a sanitary grade that can be used in kitchens and bathrooms.

 

8.    SCREWDRIVERS

You will need a screwdriver from time to time, not only for plumbing but also for other DIY projects. Make sure you have at least two different types – a cross head screwdriver and a slotted flat blade screwdriver.

 

So there you have your most essential hardware to make sure you have all the needed tools for your DIY plumbing job! Even though these are the essentials, you can never have too many tools. 

 

Luckily we here at Plumb-it also offer top-of-the-range power toolsplumbing tools, and welding tools to help you finish the job.

 

Now, get your essential plumbing kit together, grab a few old rags and get to plumbing!