Plumbing Tools

The right tools can make your plumbing job much easier

Plumbing Tools  - Buying Guide

You may already have some of the most essential tools, but adding a few more specialized tools can make a huge difference when plumbing problems arise.

Sinks, Tubs and Showers

  • Cup Plunger. A rubber cup attached to a wooden handle that applies a forceful burst of water to clear clogs.
  • Shower Valve Socket Wrench. Removes and installs shower, tub fittings and nuts.
  • Garbage Disposer Wrench. Can be inserted into disposers to turn the shredder and clear clogs.
  • Strainer Locknut Wrench. One stationary and one pivoting jaw designed to provide maneuverability and leverage for easy removal of basket strainer locknuts.
  • Faucet Seat Wrench. Removes and replaces the faucet body valve seat in compression faucets.
  • Basin Wrench. Tightens and loosens the nuts under a sink that holds the faucet in place.
  • Adjustable Wrench. Has one fixed and one movable jaw to fit a variety of bolt heads and nuts.


  • Socket Set. Also known as a ratchet set. Tightening tool that uses individual and removable sockets to fit many different sizes of nuts and bolts.
  • Flange Plunger. Specially shaped to seal the hole in a toilet and create a vacuum that clears clogs.


  • Tubing Cutters. Use when working with plastic or copper pipe. Uses a steel wheel to cut pipes easily. Mainly used for precise cuts with even ends for well-fitted joints.
  • Metal File. Smoothes the edges of pipes after cutting.
  • Hacksaw. Cuts through metal or plastic pipes and screws.
  • Slip Joint Pliers. Also known as water pump pliers, tongue and groove pliers or by the brand name Channel Lock. Ideal for jobs that require grabbing, pulling, twisting, holding, tightening and loosening.
  • Adjustable Pipe Wrench. Used for working on compression fittings, supply lines and other plumbing parts that have hex-shaped nuts.

Supply Lines

  • Acid Flux Brush. Used to apply paste flux when soldering copper pipe.
  • Propane Torch and Igniter. Used for soldering and brazing metal pipe. Consists of a bottle that contains combustible, pressurized gas.
  • Heat Shield Cloth. Shields heat-sensitive or flammable materials from daage when using a torch.
  • Combination Tool. Used to clean pipes.
  • Emery Cloth. Cleans and prepares copper pipe for the application of flux and solder.

Other Useful Tools

  • Plumber’s Tape and Putty. Seals threading and stops leaks at connection to prevent rust on steel pipes.
  • Washers and O-rings. Stops dripping compression faucets.
  • Caulk Gun and Silicone Caulk. Replaces seals around sinks and tubs.
  • Spray Lubricants. Loosens stubborn nuts and pipe fittings.
  • Tape Measure. Determines accurate lengths and widths.
  • Safety Glasses. Provides eye protection.
  • Bucket. Catches water when draining lines.
  • Putty Knife. Applies and removes caulk and toilet wax residue.