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  • ABS Pipe Cutter:
This tool is for making External precision cuts into ABS piping systems, and like ABS pipes, It comes in different variety of sizes and styles.
It is a good idea for a plumber or an apprentice to purchase a cutter that will accommodate all sizes of abs pipe up to 4.”
Any larger pipe needs a cutter in a bigger size.

  • Integral Cutter:

This tool is for making Internal precision cuts into ABS piping systems, and like ABS pipes, It comes in different variety of sizes and styles.
It is the best for a plumber or an apprentice to purchase a cutter that will accommodate all sizes of abs pipe up to 4″.
Any larger pipe needs a bigger cutter.

  • Copper Cutter:

This tool is for making precision cuts into copper pipe and tubing systems.
It comes in a variety of different sizes and styles.
It is best for a plumber to purchase a cutter that will accommodate all sizes of pipe up to 3″.
Any larger pipe requires a bigger cutter.

  • Mini Copper Cutter:

This tool is for making precision cuts into copper pipe and tubing systems, in a con­fined space were regular cutters will not fit.
It comes in a variety of different sizes and styles.

  • PEX Cutter:

This tool is for making precision cuts into PEX pipe systems and other like plastics.
It is available in some different shapes and sizes.

  • Steel Cutter:

This tool is for making precision cuts into steel piping systems.

It is available in different sizes and styles.

It is best that you purchase a cutter that will suit all sizes of pipe.

  • Adjustable Wrench:
One of the most common tools in plumbing is the adjustable wrench.
It is beneficial for use in many applica­tion, the most common would be faucet installations and repairs.
The adjustable part of the wrench allows the wrench for all sizes built into one.
And will enable it for quick change from one size to another without having to get another wrench.

  • Combination Wrenches (RATCHETS):

Combination wrenches are wrenches with two different end.
These wrenches come in many types, and here you can see a kind of it with one side open and the other end boxed with ratcheting feature.

  • Combination Wrenches:
These are combination just as above but with one end open and the other end closed.

  • Chain Wrenches:
A chain wrench is a bar with a chain attached, and the chain portion is used to access pipes in confined spaces,
Such as a pipe in a corner.
Chain wrenches are not suitable to use on a finished prod­uct such as chrome.
Set the claw against the pipe and wrap the chain around the pipe and lock the chain onto the handle and push the handle accordingly to rotate pipe.

  • Pipe Wrenches:
The pipe wrench is widely in use in the plumbing industry.
It comes in sizes from 6″ to 60″.
The pipe wrenches are available in cast or aluminum.
And a plumber always uses it in pairs.

  • Strap Wrenches:
The strap wrench is used to tighten finished materials such as chrome.

  • Basin Wrench:
This tool is used to access the underside mounting nuts of a faucet, and it allows you to get onto the nut and then turn the wrench end which would be below the bottom of the sink.

  • Faucet Handle Puller:

This tool is used to remove faucet handles that have been seized or rusted into the faucet.

  • Flaring Tool:

The Flaring tool is using on copper and other tubes that require flared fitting connections.
Flared fittings are standard in gas piping installations.

  • Swaging Tool:

Swaging tools are used in refrigeration and are similar to flared connections.

  • Torch Kit:

A standard torch kit for your acetylene gas B-Tank.

  • Chain Cutter:

Chain cutters are used to cut cast iron piping and come in many different styles.

  • Tape Measure:

A tape measure is for taking measurements and comes in imperial (feet & inches) and metric (mm &cm) measurements.

  • Spud wrench:
A spud wrench is to tighten spud such as on a urinal drain.
It has smooth flat jaws to not scratch polished connections.

  • Pipe Freezing machine:

Pipe freezing machines are common in high rise repair work.
The device freezes the line so you can make a repair without shutting the water off to the building.

  • Seat Wrench:

Used to remove seats from faucets.
It comes in various shapes and styles.

  • Screwdriver Set:
Screwdrivers are common in most work and are available for purchase in different shapes and dimensions.
They are numbered or lettered to determine one from another.
It is a good idea to get a set that is also color coded.

  • Sawzall:

The Sawzall is One of the most used tools in the trade and is a reciprocating saw that is used pri­marily in demolition and removal.

  • Torpedo Level:
An integral part of proper plumbing installations the torpedo level is approx 6″ long level which is used to level and slope pipe properly to code requirements.


  • Sawzall Blades:
Sawzall blades are in the market in different sizes and styles based on what type of materials you are cutting, from wood, metal, plastic, etc.

  • Steel Pipe Reamer

The steel Reamer is to Ream steel pipe after you have cut the pipe to length.

  • Safety Glasses:

A must for your personal protection, all jobs require safety to be the top priority and on of your most valuable tools are your eyes.

  • Hand Held Power Threading Machines:

Used to install threads onto steel pipe, usually up to 2″ in diameter.

  • Oiler:

Oiler’s are used to lubricate steel pipe before and during the threading process.


  • Plastic Pipe Cutters (Pex pipe)

Used to cut plastic pipe. Works like a scissor.

  • Drill Operated Drain cleaner

A snake cable installed into a drum and mounted to an electric drill, and this unit works well to clean out small drains up to 2″ and about 25′ long.
Be careful though as it is a high torque machine that can be tough on the wrists.

  • Plastic Pipe Reamer:

Used to Ream plastic pipe such as PEX after you have cut the pipe to length.

  • Manual Die Threading Kits:

A complete set of steel cutting dies with handle and storage box.
This kit is used to cut steel pipes and come in all sorts of varieties.
Most will cut up to 2″ pipe.

  • Die Head:

A die head is used to hold a set of dies that are used to thread steel pipe.

  • Hand Operated Drain Snake:

Used to clean out small pipe systems usually no longer than 25 and approximately 2′ diameters.

  • Ridgid 300 Power Head:

Used as a primary power (motor) source for steel threading, or cutting.
This power head comes with many add-ons that can perform different tasks such as steel cutting, and roll grooving, a drive shaft can also be added to thread pipes larger than 2.”

  • Roll Groover:

Roll grooving is a process used in many industrial applications and is a means of mechani­cally connecting larger steel pipe, and the groover places a grove near the end or pipe pieces that will accommodate a coupling.

  • Electric Snake:

Used to clean drains from 11/4″ and larger.
This is a smaller stationary unit with a drum, base and has a foot operated pedal.

  • Concrete Core Drill:

Used to cut holes in poured concrete applications to provide piping. Most units get bolted to the concrete before the operation.

  • Gas Powered Electric Drain Snake

Used for remote drain cleaning or large drain cleaning applications where electricity is un­ available.

  • Mini Torch

A small propane torch used to solder pipes and wires.
Excellent for small repairs and tight locations.

  • Pro Press Tool:

Used to crimp copper press systems.
Copper press systems are used in highrises, highly explosive spaces and for ease of installations.

  • Power Pipe Cutters:

Used to cut pipes.

  • Waste (P.O.) Wrench:

Used to tighten wastes and P.O. on tubs and sink drain lines.

  • Faucet Nut Wrench:

Used to tighten the nuts on the bottom side of the faucet.

  • Pipe & Fitting Cleaner:
A handy tool used for cleaning copper pipe and fittings.
But does not usually last a long time.

  • Mini Sledge Hammer:

Used with a chisel to break small amounts of concrete, or other small jobs requiring more force than a standard hammer.

  • Manual Die Head:
Used to hold dies for manually threading steel piping.
It is a ratcheting style.
And should be turned twice and then backed off to remove shavings.

  • 24″ & Larger Levels:

Larger levels are used to set slope or level on longer pipes, bathtubs, and shower stalls.

  • Latex Gloves:

Should use at all time whenever working on toilets and other receptacles that may carry diseases or fecal matter.

  • Step Ladder:

A highly used tool in the plumbing trade.
The step ladder is to access piping systems that are not possible to reach from ground level.

  • Utility Knife:
A utility knife is a handy tool to have and carries an unlimited variety of uses, Always try to have a high-quality knife in your tool box.

  • Hole Saw Bit:

Used to drill clean circular holes.

  • Hole Hawg / Right Angle Drill:

The most common drill used in the plumbing trade.
This type of drill is used to get in be­tween walls, studs, and floor joists, to drill holes that will support piping systems.
Be careful not to place your body in the path of travel, as this drill is high torque, and can break your wrists if you do not read the safe operating instructions before use.

  • Hard Hat:

An essential part of your PPE.
The hard hat will help to protect you from overhead obstructions and falling debris, and almost every job site requires that you wear a hard hat.

  • Flash Light:

An important part of your daily work when inspecting equipment and concealed piping systems Crawlspaces, unlighted construction sites, and dark areas make this a necessary tool.

  • Swedge:
Used to put a flare onto copper pipes.

  • HackSaw:
Used to cut many different materials.
The hack saw can get into areas where your power saws cannot, and remove the blade to access even tighter areas.

  • Mini HackSaw:

Used to cut many different materials.
The mini hack saw can get into areas where your power saws and larger hack saw cannot.
And you can remove the blade to access even tighter areas.

  • PEX Pipe Crimping Tool:

Open the jaws and place over the Pex ring and then completely close the handles until they click and you have made a solid connection.
Your need to adjust it regularly.

  • Fish Tape:

Used primarily by electricians, the fish tape can also be used by plumbers to fish wire and tubing.

  • Face Shield:

Part of your PPE the face shield should be used when grinding or cutting.
It protects your entire face and leaves your visibility clear to watch your work, and you should still have safety glasses on when using a face shield.

  • Electrical Extension Cord:

Used to provide electrical power to remote locations away from power sources.
Having a short 10′ or less extension is handy for interior work.
Cords come in all lengths from 15′ to 200′ or more.

  • Fire Extinguisher:

Essentially is to put out small fires, you should become familiar with the different types of extin­guishers, and their uses before starting any work.
Also, you should always have one handy,
and know the place of all site extinguishers.

  • Small Electric Drain Cleaner:

Used to clean out smaller drains usually up to 2″ in diameter.
Power assisted with hand-operated controls and deadman’s switches, these units are a must for service companies.
Compact for tight spaces.

  • Large Die Head:

Used for threading 2″ and larger diameter steel pipe.
These die heads are too large to operate by hand and will require a power head unit and drive shaft accessory to turn the head around the pipe.

  • Drill:

Drills come in many sizes, shapes, and uses.
It is best to have a job that is suited to the task.

  • Power Copper Pipe Cutting Machine:

Is to cut, clean and Ream copper pipe in preparation for assembly, this unit will take the grunt work out of large volume jobs.

  • Bench Vise:

This vise would mount to a bench for stationary use.
They come in many sizes and can also come with claws for round pipes.

  • Toilet Auger:

Used to unplug toilets manually, a tool that will need to be used a lot to develop excellent skills to remove foreign objects for toilets.

  • Cleanout Plug Wrench:

Used to open and close various styles of cleanout plugs and caps.


Commonly used by plumbers to cut counter tops for installation of sinks.


A multifaceted tool uses to cut many different materials the reciprocating saw is a must have for most trades.


A much-improved tool used for installation of screws and drilling small holes the cordless drill is an excellent addition to your tool box.


Used to cut many different materials.

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