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Common Tools Needed When Working on The Plumbing

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If you have ever experienced a blocked drain or a leaking pipe, then you understand the importance of a plumber. The services of a plumber will ensure you do not suffer losses in your business or industry due to plumbing problems. Any Vancouver plumber who knows his stuff will be able to assess the issue at hand and identify the source of the problem. He will then fix the problem ensuring that the activities in the business can continue uninterrupted. If you are thinking of tackling the job yourself then here is a list of tools you will need to get the job done right.

There are a wide variety of tasks that a plumber can carry out and there are also specialties in the trade which require additional training.

Importance of Using Proper Tools

A plumber is required to carry out a variety of tasks, from cleaning blocked drains to installing and repairing hot water systems. For each job, a plumber should know the materials and tools that will be required to carry out the job to completion.

A plumber should be able to have some carpentry skills. These skills will be required when he has to access pipes and other fittings that are concealed behind walls or underneath. He also has to carry out some welding, soldering and cementing and therefore has to have the right tools at hand.

Plunger

A plunger is something everyone should have in the bathroom.  It is a very common tool that is required every so often. It is used to unblock toilets, sinks, bath tubs and floor drains. You create a firm seal by pressing the plunger down against the opening of the drain. Once it is pressed down, a vacuum is created which draws up the clog when the plunger is released. The plungers used to unblock toilets are usually the heavy duty strong types with a double suction cup.

Hand Auger

A hand auger is used to clear any blockage in the drain after unsuccessfully using a plunger. It is a long flexible cable made from steel wires that can easily go down the twists and turns of the drain. Once the blockage is reached, a motor is turned on and the clog is broken down into small particles. The small particles are thus able to flow down the drain. A closet auger works the same way as a hand auger only that the plumber has to manually turn it to break the clog into small particles. You can rent one of these tools from most supply shops that rent tools.

Pipe Wrench

The pipe wrench is a heavy, large tool which is used to loosen or tighten nuts and fittings. This tool has strong teeth which are used to firmly grip the fittings. You half to be careful not to ruin the finishing on the fittings when using this tool. You can do this by using a rug on the jaws before using the wrench on the fittings. Normally, a plumber uses one wrench to grip the item while the other one is used to turn it.

Hacksaws and Cutters

The hacksaw is used to cut plastic and metal pipes, bolts and nuts and other hard material. If the cut is a difficult one, the blade has to be tensed up in the blade.

A tubing cutter on the other hand is used to cut through pipes which are made from copper. The cutter comes in different sizes including the standard size and the mini-cutter which is used to cut pipes that are located in a small space.