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When you have sewage backing up in your basement or you’re dealing with a serious clog, a call to a plumber is definitely in order, but what about those times when you just have a minor plumbing project that needs tackled? While some people still prefer to call in the professionals, many homeowners would rather handle some jobs on their own.

Many plumbing projects are pretty straightforward and with the right tools and a little patience, they’re manageable for do-it-yourselfers. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the DIY plumbing approach, there are a few must-have plumbing tools every homeowner should have on hand just in case.


A basic tool box might contain dozens of tools, and it’s important to make sure you have those that are necessary for the types of work you anticipate in your home. This list is by no means exhaustive, but with these basic tools, you’ll be able to handle basic DIY plumbing projects like replacing a faucet or shower head, installing a new sink, etc.

  1. Locking pliers. Though they do the same job as an adjustable wrench in many instances, locking pliers tend to work better for plumbing projects.
  2. Strap wrench. When you’re installing a new shower head or faucet, you don’t want to scratch the finish. A strap wrench solves this common problem.Wrap the strap around the fixture, secure, and you’re good to go!
  3. Needle nose pliers. Locking pliers and a strap wrench won’t help you when you’re working in super tight areas. Needle nose pliers let you get a grip on even the smallest parts.
  4. Basin wrench. A basin wrench is a specialized tool that is specifically designed to work in the hard-to-reach areas under a sink. If you’re replacing a sink or working on the drain, this tool is a must have.
  5. Plumber’s putty. Plumbers putty is used to create water-resistant seals on joints that aren’t under pressure, such as sink drains.
  6. Plumber’s tape. Also known as Teflon tape, plumber’s tape ensures a good seal on threaded pipes. Use it when installing faucet supply lines, replacing showerheads, etc. to prevent leaks.
  7. Caulk gun and caulk. From installing ceramic sinks and new faucets to repairing seams in your shower for a watertight seal, there are several reasons to keep a caulk gun and caulk in your tool kit.

For more advanced projects, the tools you need will vary depending upon the nature of the project and the plumbing materials used in your home. In many instances, these more in-depth projects are better left to the professionals.

Need help with a plumbing project in the Torrance, California area? Depend on Carter Services. Call (310) 872-1898 or click here to request an appointment.

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