Having the right tools when you need them can make all the difference when unexpected plumbing problems arise. You may already have some of these essential tools for general household use, like wrenches and screwdrivers. Adding a few specialized tools to your toolbox can make your next plumbing task much easier. As you expand your skills you can add the tools in this guide to your toolbox and be prepared to take on most plumbing tasks and emergencies when they arise. In the list below, you’ll find the most useful plumbing tools listed by the projects with which they are most typically used.
Sinks, Tubs & Showers
Other Useful Tools
Plumber’s Tape and Putty to seal threading, stop a leak at a connection and prevent rust on steel pipes.
Washers and O-rings to stop dripping compression faucets.
Caulk Gun and Silicone Caulk to replace seals around sinks and tubs.
Spray Lubricants like WD40 and Liquid Wrench to loosen stubborn nuts and pipe fittings.
Tape Measure for determining accurate lengths and widths.
Safety Glasses for eye protection.
Bucket to catch water when draining lines.
Putty Knife for applying and removing caulk and toilet wax ring residue.