Maybe you’re a do it yourself kind of person, or maybe you’re just curious what your local plumber carries around in their toolbox – whatever the case may be, knowing what tools your plumber uses can help you better understand the process your plumber is going through. Residential plumbers and commercial plumbers have some standard tools that are always in their toolboxes. It always helps to be able to follow what your plumber is doing – especially because they’re fixing things in your building!


Identifying the different tools your plumber is using will help you better understand the process your plumber goes through, and maybe one day will be helpful for you. The following are six basic tools that any expert plumber you hire will know to use:


  • A Plumbing Wrench is a tool in a large, crescent shape, with a pair of vice grips. This tool opens wider and grips better than many other tools. You can turn the grips in a circular motion to undo nuts and bolts. They are not an especially expensive tool but can be quite useful for a plumber.



  • A Propane Torch is a tool that is required for melding pipes. This is a tool best used by a professional due to the high hazard levels of a propane torch.


  • A Tongue-and-Grove Plier is a common tool used to twist, pull or loosen various objects. They’re typically in the shape of two legs and an almost mouth like contraption along the top of the tool. These tools are useful for plumbers when it comes to adjusting various bolts, for undoing any faucets and pipes, and can generally be applied anywhere.


  • A Hacksaw is used to cut through metal pipes, hardware, screws nuts and bolts. A hacksaw resembles a saw, save that there is an empty space between the blade and the top of the saw, to facilitate cutting metals more easily. A plumber will have a hacksaw to saw off any sort of metal or piping.



  • A Metal File can be used to remove burrs and smooth any edges of a metal pipe after cutting. Files can easily break or become dull, and having multiple files will help retain their condition. There are two styles – a rat-tail file and a half-round file.


  • A Tubing Cutter can be used to cut any tubes. In the shape of a c-clamp, this tool provides the quickest way to cut copper pipes.


There are many many other tools, but these are some of the most common that your plumber will bring along with him. Being able to name some of these tools can be helpful in seeing how your plumber works, as well as provide you with some tips on how to fix smaller plumbing issues in the future.

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