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Dripping faucets and showerheads, leaky pipes or plugged up toilets, clogged sinks. Live in a house long enough and it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter all of these problems down the line. While the quickest and safest way is to call your local plumber, you might also be tempted to try to fix them yourself, and for that you will need some tools. Here are the basic needs for a DIY plumbing toolkit:

Metal File: Great for smoothing out metal pipes after cutting and for removing burrs. We recommend having 2 files on hand, half-round with flat and rounded surfaces, and a round tapered rat-tail file.

Pipe Wrench: Used for tightening or loosening fittings, threaded pipes and nuts. We recommend you buy two of them, one for gripping and the other for turning. They have serrated teeth that could potentially damage the finish of your fixtures, but you can easily solve that by wrapping the jaws in a piece of cloth.

Hacksaw: A must have for all your cutting needs. It can cut through plastic and metal pipes, as well as screws, nuts and bolts. For tougher cuts, make sure the blade is tense in the frame. We recommend you also buy a few extra blades as well just in case some of them break.

Tubing Cutter: Quickest way to clean cut a copper pipe. It looks similar to a C clamp. We recommend getting a close quarter mini-cutter for tight spaces and a standard sized tubing cutter for everything else.

Propane Torch: Must have for sweating copper pipes and fittings. You can also get a self igniting torch head instead of using matches to light your torch.

Fire-Resistant Cloth: While not a substitute for the classic fire extinguisher by any means, this thick piece of cloth is fire retardant, used to protect combustible surfaces when using the propane torch.

Tongue-and-Groove Pliers: Also known as Channellocks. These pliers are your first choice for anything that needs grabbing, holding, twisting, pulling, as well as tightening and loosening.

Adjustable Wrench: Perfect tool for hexagonal shaped nuts. It’s also commonly used when working on compression fittings and supply lines. You can buy these in 6 and 10 inches, but make sure the movable jaw has a firm hold when locked so it doesn’t slip under excessive torque.

Basin Wrench: This wrench has a swivel-jaw and a long shaft for added flexibility of working in tight hard to reach spaces. Perfect for tightening and loosening the faucet nuts behind the sink. Hands down the best tool for this job!

Plunger: This iconic tool is indispensable in any household. It can unclog sinks, toilets, showers, tubs, floor drains, anything. Just press down on it to create a seal around the drain opening, then pull upwards firmly, creating a vacuum that should bring up the clog.

Hand Auger: Comes in handy where the plunger fails. Commonly called a plumber’s snake, it’s basically a ~25 foot long steel cable that you slip down into your drains and hand crank it. The swirling motion chips away at the clog until it can be safely flushed/washed away.

Closet Auger: Similar to the hand auger, this tool is specially designed for unclogging toilets. The steel cable is much tougher, allowing you to better deal with persistent clogs that just won’t flush.

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