General plumbing tools
Because many Plumbing repairs require only basic tools, having in hand a set of general plumbing tools can save the owner a lot of money. A general plumbing toolkit includes tools that repair leaks, cut pipe, tighten fittings, and weld supply lines. If you are planning on installing new jobs or preparing to repair an existing system, familiarize yourself with the general plumbing tools and pick up a set of tools that will suit the scope and scale of your plumbing project.
Wrenches hold and tighten pipes during the installation of water supply lines, drainage, waste pipes and ventilation. One of the most common plumber’s keys is the pipe wrench, a wrench with a heavy adjustable opening, straight handle. The inside of the pipe key opening is lined with jagged edges that grips rounded tube objects, such as pipe. Other wrenches used by plumbers include the wrench and the lavatory faucet.
The pipe cutter is a hand tool specially designed to create clean cuts through the pipe, especially in the case of the plumber, copper pipe. The tube cutter appears as a more or less C-shaped frame. A sharp, carbide-coated disc protrudes from the center of the tool. The tool is placed on a pipe, adjusted by the knob and rotated around the circumference of the pipe. The cutting blade shaves away metal until the tube is cut.
Plumbers use the chain cutting tool to cut cast iron drain pipe. A chain of sharp carbide cutting discs, hang from the end of the tool length, toward the handle. The chain is wrapped around a cast iron pipe, tightly and powerfully tightened, stretched, and broken metal tubing.
Saws drill holes through walls and floor to create access to drainage systems and water supply. Saws are cylinders, closed at one end and open at the other. Edge of the open end is covered with both sharp teeth, drilled through the wood, or abrasive grain, mineral, for drilling through masonry and metal. A metal shaft protrudes from the closed end of the cylinder. Saw shaft is mounted on the average hand drill, which a plumber uses to operate the saw.
The shaking is basically a weight hanging from the end of a chain. The weight is approximately diamond formed, its point looking down and rounded upper attached to a chain. Plumbing uses the plumb to put out and judge vertical straight lines. For example, a plumber can hold the jolt in a mark on the roof, allow the weight to fall to the ground and, once it stops swinging, the weight falls directly below the roof.