As most of you know, calling a plumber to your home to get an estimate for a plumbing problem can be a shocker. We still need the professional plumber in emergency situations but most homeowners should be able to do the "run-of-the-mill" plumbing repairs. Having the right tools is an absolute must for any job on hand whether it be plumbing, electrical or carpentry. Tools should also be of a good quality and properly looked after.
- Educate yourself before starting
- Quality tools
- Tool care
- List of basic plumber hand and power tools
- Tool storage
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Big plumbing jobs are best left to the professionals but there are all kinds of "maintenance" repairs that can be done by most DIYers. I'm talking about fixing small leaks, replacing worn out washers, installing a new bathroom sink (LINKXXXX) or kitchen faucets, (LINKXXXX), fix a running toilet, replacing the toilet wax seal or fixing a slow or clogged drain.(LINKXXXX). Even installing a new bathroom or giving a face-lift to an older one is not that complicated for a knowledgeable homeowner.
Prepare yourself by purchasing an introductory book on plumbing. It should explain in easy language how plumbing works and teach you some basic plumbing skills. For a brief overview of the plumbing system in your house go to "Plumbing-How It Works
There is also an abundance of self-help books and videos about plumbing on the internet.
The tiny pipe cutter (to the right of the blowtorch and below the handsaw)
comes in handy for tight spots. An old toothbrush is ideal for applying flux
to copper pipes and fittings.