A few screws loose (what to include in your plumbing toolkit)
24th October 2015
We believe that a home is not a home without a tool kit, more specifically, a plumbing tool kit (ok ok, perhaps we’re a little biased).
We’ve whittled it down to twelve must-have items so you can confidently tackle any minor plumbing issue, from a blocked pipe to a broken tap:
- Safety first: You can’t go wrong with a pair of goggles which will protect you from all sorts of nasties in the air.
- An adjustable wrench can just about take care of any pipe problem you have and is a dream when tightening and loosening bolts and nuts.
- A basic hammer will see you through many years to come.
- Screws and screwdrivers of all shapes and sizes, you can’t have enough of our trusty friends!
- Washers – In a similar vein to screws, keep several of these handy so that you don’t have to root around in your toolkit only to realise you don’t have the right ones for the job.
- Radiator bleed key – An absolute necessity when you put the radiators on for the first time that year.
- A simple tape measure – how else would you be able to fit that gigantic bathtub?
- A spirit level. Nowadays you can download an app on your mobile device, but we’re a stickler for the oldies!
- Putty to seal cracks and leaks in pipes.
- A plunger to quickly and easily remove any blockages.
- Pipe-cleaning rods, along with plungers are essential to quickly get rid of anything that has built up in pipes, especially common after the holidays when extra guests come to visit.
- Pipe cutter It's possible to cut copper pipe with a hacksaw, but for a more accurate and neat job, use a pipe cutter. Some come with a built-in reamer to remove burrs and rough edges from the inside of the pipe.
Good luck tending to your home and plumbing, but remember, if your woes are bigger than your tool box can handle, then please call Sydney Emergency Plumbing’s team on 1800 862 565 so we can help make life easier for you.