Types of Plumbing Tools

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Plumbing repairs and upgrades in your home require that you hire a professional plumber in your area or purchase the necessary plumbing tools and complete the job on your own.

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Here are the most common types of plumbing tools and some you will likely need to purchase in order to complete your DIY repair or installation:

Channel Locks

A channel lock is similar to a wrench in that it is used for torque. A channel lock has adjustable locks at its base and a long handle for leverage. A plumber will use a channel lock to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts and to turn metal pipes. Be careful not to use a channel lock with teeth on delicate metal pipes made of chrome. The teeth on the channel lock could scratch and ruin the chrome finish.


We won’t go into too much detail here as you likely now what a screwdriver is and what it is for. This is simply to call out that you will likely need both a flathead and Philips head screwdriver during any type of plumbing repair or installation.


You will need a hacksaw to cut through bolts and piping during a plumbing project. We recommend purchasing a used hacksaw if possible because an old hacksaw blade is actually better than a new blade and will provide a smoother and easier cut. You should also buy a smaller version too for easier access to tight and hard-to-reach spaces during your repair.

Basin Wrench

This is an adjustable, telescopic wrench used for vertical access to nuts and bolts below a sink or basin. Often times during a plumbing projects, nuts and bolts are in awkward and hard-to-reach places that require specific tools necessary for easier access to tightening and loosening them.

Open-Ended & Crescent Wrenches

This is a standard tool for any plumber or repairman. You will need to tighten common bolts on a toilet or boiler and these wrenches are all you need for those types of nuts and bolts.

Every toolbox should include at least one crescent wrench. This is a very convenient tool as its versatile settings come in handy for almost any project, including a DIY plumbing project.

Hand Torch

Your DIY plumbing repair might require welding of copper pipes and other metal plumbing, in which case you will need a handheld torch. Be very careful when using a handheld torch as the flame creates intense heat in a very concentrated area. You should also wear safety goggles and gear when the torch is on.

All of the tools listed above should be all you need for any standard plumbing repair or installation. Each one should last several years after you purchase it. You can purchase them at a specialty plumbing store or your local hardware store or online.

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  1. I have all of these plumbing tools at home because my dad is a plumber. What we need now are some plumbing supplies. Some of our pipes need to be replaced. My dad is now looking up some plumbing supplies for our home.

  2. I had a plumber come over to my house last week and I noticed that he had some tools that I didn’t recognize. I think he had a basin wrench when he was working in my sink. It is really cool that it helps do nuts and bolts that are in hard-to-reach places. Thank you for all the information on different tools!

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