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Basic Plumbing Tools

Occasionally challenges such as clogs or leaks arise which a do-it-yourselfer would like to remedy quickly. Specific tools are necessary for these types of repairs.

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a closet auger unclogs toilets

Host Cheri Van Bynen demonstrates a few tools that are crucial to any home plumbing tool box:

Closet Auger

  • Unclogs toilets when a plunger will not work.
  • Auger feeds into the toilet opening and releases the clog when pulled out.
Pipe Wrench
  • Heavy-duty wrench available in several sizes.
  • Great for gripping and turning pipes.
  • Adjustable jaws are made to grip one way and slide the other way.
Slip-joint Pliers
  • Great for various plumbing jobs.
  • Easily removes large nuts such as those found on the p-traps under your sink.
Basin Wrench
  • Long handle with jaws at the end.
  • Designed for reaching nuts in hard to reach areas.
Tips to Remember:
  • When dealing with toilet clogs, be sure to wear heavy-duty rubber gloves.
  • Pipe wrenches and slip-joint pliers are great tools to have around for retrieving items that have fallen into a drain.
  • A basin wrench fits where most other wrenches can't.

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