6 ESSENTIAL PLUMBING HAND TOOLS…And Others To Keep Around! (Best Plumbing Hand Tools For DIYers!)

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What tools should a new DIYer just getting used to plumbing have in their tool box? In this short video, The Honest Carpenter and Eco Plumbers of Central and Dayton, Ohio, team up to provide you with a list of 6 essential plumbing hand tools, as well as several honorable mentions!

6 ESSENTIAL PLUMBING HAND TOOLS…And Others To Keep Around! (Best Plumbing Hand Tools For DIYers!)

1. Channel Lock Pliers: sometimes called tongue-and-groove pliers, these adjustable, wide-jawed pliers are great for turning larger bolts, nuts, and connectors. Just remember that they have directional teeth in the jaws, and that they can scuff nice connectors!

2. Crescent Wrench: This wrench keeps the jaws at a fixed angle to one another; they can be adjusted with a thumb screw. They don’t have aggressive teeth, so they don’t mar delicate connectors!

3. SAE Allen Keys: Many plumbing fixtures use hex set screws. A good set of allen keys, or hex keys or hex wrenches, are necessary to remove handles and other parts.

4. Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver: These tools have a slip function that allows the user to keep the bit engaged while driving and winding back to drive again. They’re great for the various odd fasteners (flathead/slotted) used in plumbing.

5. PVC Tubing Cutter: Many of the drain lines in residential construction are made of PVC. A good tubing cutter helps cut these in their common dimensions.

6. Copper Tubing Cutter: Similar to a PVC cutter, these small wheels help score and cut copper tubing, which is often used for water supply lines.

Honorable Mentions: pry bar, plumbing level, mini-hacksaw, tape measure, hammer.

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tallswede80 says:

Knipex pliers wrench, you failed

Marso ElFlaco says:

An adjustable basin wrench is also valuable. Some jobs are virtually impossible without them.They are very affordable and just good to have in your plumbing toolbox. ✌🏽

MissBeans says:

Timely video as I'm doing a little bathroom spruce up! QUESTION: I was trying to remove the rainshower head in my shower so I could clean it. (Very caked up with hard water stuff) I can't get it to move an inch!!! What do I do?

ExiledStardust says:

Your channel is so dang useful. I want to fix everything in my house now.

Ricky says:

so your number is very wrong unfortunately, channel lock is the brand not the pliers and tongue and grove may be what they are called in your neck of the woods however the real term is water pump pliers.

Andre C says:

Very thorough explanation. Thanks.

Mr. Rusty says:

I’m not a home owner nor am I a plumber. I just like to waddle wood and start and not finish the simplest of pointless projects. But if I need to, I have these and many others:
PVC cutter
Pipe cutter
2 channel locks
Large & Small crescent wrench
Hex set
monkey wrench
Snake/grabber tool(first tool I ever had and was a Christmas present as a 7yr old)
Zip ties

I have levels, many different pry/wonder/wrecking/ bars cats paw,slim bars, automotive leverage bars, etc.

I have a cheap hacksaw from dollar tree but it sucks.

Adam Woroniuk says:

10 " wrench forgot to tell them the standard size
10" channel locks again:
copper snap cutter ( rigid) if you use this you will need a propane torch with a torch tip lol anything you cut you'll need to re- solder tell the DIY this and please for love of God don't use shark bites and think hey this is good for behind my wall lol 😅
torpedo 8 " magnetic level crucial actually same with a 14" pipe wrench
list goes on what is actually basic lol I could tell you my whole entire apprenticeship list but I had a chuckle even when I did my first level as a service plumber I wouldn't use pipe cutters that takes so long a hacksaw is all you need not some expensive cutter with a reamer built in just a pencil reamer is more essential and it' will work with a hack saw pipe cutter pvc or copper and if your doing service you just fernco it not like you'll glue in a coupling for a trap arm especially if the sink does not have a clean out you make one and it is called taking the mj or fernco off 😅

Justin Thyme says:

I think Milwaukee has some thin crescent wrenches too, but probably not as thin as those raptors. I'd say with those you want to have at least an 8 & 10 inch, also maybe a 6 and eventually a 12. Same for channelocks, a 9.5 or 10 and 12. A long Phillips screwdriver that's magnetized is helpful for about all mechanical trades, as well as needle nose pliers when little things get away from you. And something more than a flashlight. a work light or headlamp. also a flashlight 😁

Chef Spenser says:

Holy Crap!?! Who Knew?!? Thank you!! Excellent!

Dan Alaniz says:

Another great video. I really think the collaborative video idea is a real winner.

Dan Koning says:

Aside from what you say, the way you present information is always easily
understood and w/o bias, and that makes a difference as well. Good stuff.

Sascha Pulkowski says:

Great video! As a millwright, I keep the first two tools in your video in my back pocket at all times. Being a former machinist, it took me a long time to "adjust" haha.
Typically things are SAE, (unless from European or Japanese manufacturing ).
That said, why don't plumbers keep a specific set of wrenches for their trade as I do for working on both metric and imperial with hydraulics?

Corey Grua says:

Sometimes it is good to go way back to the basic principles of design. The tool becomes more effective with Ethan’s comprehensive explanations.

tgp7201 says:

Don't forget about a stem wrench. A stuck stem when you're trying to change a simple washer can be a real pain!

Gypsy J says:

Wow 🏆 and here I was using a hacksaw to cut pvc and doing a really bad job of it. I’m off to buy a tube cutter! Thank you 🏆🏆

Ted Sobocienski says:

Great video. May I add that when using a pipe wrench you must insert the nut all the way to the back of the wrench otherwise you might "oval" the nut making it useless

Val Borchardt says:

Thank you very much, very useful video. Take care as always from south africa

Mike L says:

Good video. I'm familiar with old school inclinometers (levels with built-in protractor), but not preset pitches I'm sure I'll end up at a hardware store today (typical Sunday) so I'll look for one.

Reese Layton says:

Should be using smooth face tools. You are the guy leaving tooth marks on unions and flush valve caps with the channelocks. You have good tools, use the correct ones.

Ginny Jolly says:

I think I've seen Eco-plumber trucks driving around Louisville, KY as well, so if you are in Northern KY and Central KY, try checking around your area.

Nolan Froese says:

Hey I work at Lowes. I knew 0 about this stuff until I started working there. Keep making more content because it helps me answer questions!

davidunwin says:

I destroyed a crescent wrench trying to undo the nut on my towball. The wrench snapped. Replaced it with a giant one for $50. It pays to buy quality tools!

Honda Fanatic87 says:

Shark bites 100%. Had an emergency leak over Fourth of July weekend. Saved me a ton. Plumbers wouldn’t return my call

connie rendfrey says:

As a single woman homeowner who is learning as she goes and doesn't know how to use a lot of different tools in my house a butter knife worked as a screwdriver and a hammer was an all-purpose tool so I'm loving this learning a lot and would like to learn more about electrical tools as well so glad I found your channel and subscribed keep up the good work

csimet says:

I'll add… you should have a good set of ball head allen wrenches (as shown 3:18), not just regular ones. They allow you angled access to allen set screws. Many times you don't have full direct access to the screw and need the ability to approach it at a slight angle.

Michael Frost says:

Excellent video

Ohiocaveman says:

Good job Brent. Knowledgeable and handsome

cattigereyes1 says:

Now I know and knowing is…..

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