Which Tools Do You Need for Your DIY Plumbing Job?


More and more homeowners these days are putting on their DIY hats when it comes to things like small home improvement projects and plumbing repairs or installations. For many plumbing tasks, it is certainly possible for homeowners to tackle them and avoid paying for a professional visit.

Of course, if you plan on completing various DIY plumbing jobs, then you will need the right tools to get the work done correctly. Here are some plumbing tools you should always have on hand to make sure you’re ready when you need to take action.


Wrenches are synonymous with plumbing work, and if you really want to master the DIY approach, you should have three wrenches in your toolbox:

Basin wrench – these are used to tighten or loosen nuts on faucets and can fit into deep, narrow areas.

Adjustable wrench – these work well for supply lines, compression fittings and other parts with hexagonal nuts. Get both a 6-inch and 10-inch adjustable wrench for best results.

Pipe wrench – this is larger than an adjustable wrench and is used for heavier work to tighten and loosen various fittings.

Tongue & Groove Pliers

Tongue and groove pliers are great for providing a tight grip when you need to grab, pull, hold, twist, tighten, or loosen something. The jaws on these pliers are serrated for maximum efficiency.

Plumber’s Tape

It’s called plumber’s tape for a reason, and you don’t need to be a plumber to get use out of it. This type of tape will help prevent leaks at threaded joint connections.


A trusty hacksaw is useful if you need to cut through plastic or metal pipes, screws, nuts, bolts, and similar hardware. Make a point of having extra blades handy because it’s not uncommon for them to crack or break with heavy use.

Tubing Cutter

If you have copper pipes in your home, then a tubing cutter will help you make smooth and even cuts if the need arises. You can get standard or mini-cutters, and having both will help you get the job done safely and quickly.

A Plunger

Standard plungers work well for toilets, sinks, showers, and just about any drain that can be clogged. This plumbing tool is a must-have for any household, and if you really want to ensure success, have both a flange plunger and a cup plunger in the house.


Whether it’s a hand auger or a motorized plumber’s snake, these tools are great for getting into your drains and breaking up most types of obstruction. They are usually the next line of defence if the plunger failed to get the job done.

Duct Tape

Although not typically used as a plumbing tool, duct tape is great to have around if you need to create a quick seal around a leak as a temporary fix. The fact that duct tape is so strong means you can have some time to call for help and find a more permanent solution to the problem.

If you’d like to learn more about which types of plumbing tools you should keep on hand to be a true DIY-er, or you have a plumbing issue that needs professional attention, contact us at Marco Plumbing today.