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Best Plumbing Tools For Pipe Work

Updated: Mar 27

When servicing homeowners, plumbers are constantly faced with a number of challenges, such as navigating small spaces, avoiding health hazards, and a variety of other challenges. Whether you are a residential plumber or a commercial plumber, these challenges require the right tools and a specific skill set. Below we’ll take a look at the 27 best tools for plumbers while on the job.


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Best Plumbing Tools For Pipe Work

Tubing Cutter

A tool used by plumbers to cut through plastic tubing, with each one having its own cutting range.

Hacksaw

Plumbers typically carry hacksaws so that they can cut through a variety of items, including nuts, bolts, pipes, and screws. Make sure you keep spare blades around too!

Hole Saw

Hole saw kit

A hole saw is used to cut perfectly round holes in a variety of materials.

Mole grips

Used to hold metal parts in place during welding, such as when a plumber is using a plumber’s torch to seal copper piping by soldering it.

Pipe Bender

Pipe and tube benders

A tool used to bend a range of piping and tubing instead of creating a fitting.

Pliers

These are used every day by plumbers. Easily tighten or loosen nuts and bolts that wrenches can’t grab onto.

Plumber’s Torch

Plumber’s torch

A plumber’s torch is a handheld tool used to apply heat to a precise area of piping, allowing you to seal new piping for installs and replacements.

Press fitting systems

Iron Pipe Size (IPS) press-fitting systems enable plumbers to press a connection onto a pipe, resulting in a watertight connection or seal.

Flashlight

Plumbers are commonly required to go into dark spaces, such as basements, so having a flashlight handy is always a good idea.

Plumber’s Tape

Thread sealing tape (“Plumber’s Tape”)

Thread sealing tape is used to patch or prevent leaks in piping.

A bucket

Even when the water is turned off in the home, there is still going to be some water leakage, so it’s smart to keep a bucket around.

Ratcheting pipe threader set

This tool allows you to cut threads into pipes so that it can accept fittings when joining pipes together.


Plumber Wrenches

Pipe wrench

Plumbers use pipe wrenches to tighten and loosen nuts and fittings on pipes. Two of these are often used together, one for holding a pipe in place and the other for rotating a nut or fitting.

Adjustable wrench

Also known as an adjustable spanner or crescent, is a tool used to loosen or tighten a nut or bolt.

Basin wrench (“Sink Wrench”)

A T-shaped tool that plumbers use specifically on faucets. It’s unique design allows plumbers to turn fasteners in confined spaces that would otherwise be impossible to reach.

Faucet key

An X-shaped tool that plumbers use to open and close spigots and sillcocks.

Torque wrench

A tool used to apply a specific torque to a nut or bolt.

Internal pipe wrench

Commonly used to remove old rusted fittings on galvanized pipe.


Plumber Drain Cleaning Tools

Plungers

A tool used to clear up blockages in drains or pipes, commonly used in the household toilet.

Hand auger

A hand auger has a long, flexible metal wire with a corkscrew auger attached on the end used to unclog drain lines.

Snake Machine

Snake machine (“Plumber’s Snake”)

A flexible and slender auger used to clear particularly difficult clogs.

Drain inspection camera

A camera that allows the plumber to see any issues with a specific pipe. Usually used on sewer lines.

Hydro jetting machines

An extremely effective method of clearing up drains and sewer lines. Comes with hose attachments that will blast water into drain lines and sewer lines.

Plumbing Safety Tools

Gloves

Used every day by plumbers, allows your hands to always have a strong grip and to not stain your skin with hazardous materials.

Goggles

Goggles protect your eyes from any hazardous materials you come into contact with while working on a plumbing job.

Heat shields or pads

Protects plumbers and the surrounding environment from any heat damage or fire during soldering.


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