Tools Every Homeowner Needs – Benjamin Franklin Dallas

Your guide to plumbing tools for the new homeowner

Now that you’re in charge of things breaking in your new home, you should have the right tools on hand. With a handful of quality tools, you should be able to handle most minor plumbing problems that come up with confidence – and they will! We’ll cover the basics along with some specialty items that might make troubleshooting plumbing issues easier.

DIY home repairs can be satisfying and save you money, but know your limits. Plumbing problems can get bad fast if you are unsure of your skills. If this how-to YouTube video doesn’t quite match your solution, Benjamin Franklin is always ready to help.

General plumbing problems

When you have the right tools in stock, you want to know what types of plumbing problems you might be facing. Here are the most common household problems we encounter on a daily basis:

Dripping faucets. The nemesis of the classic homeowner. Don’t lose money on your water bill. You probably only need a few simple tools to fix your leaky faucets.

Clogged drains. Blocked drains are inevitable, especially in larger families. Make sure you have the tools you need to unclog slow or clogged drains.

Running toilets. Toilets account for the majority of water consumption in households. Don’t let a constantly running toilet increase your costs.

Clogged toilet. Toilets are important sanitary facilities. When yours stops flushing, it can cause panic. But not if you have the right equipment to fix it.

Low water pressure. Water pressure problems can be as simple as installing a new faucet or as complicated as replacing sections of pipe. Do you have the tools you need to work under pressure?

Defective water heater. If your water heater is struggling and you don’t have the right tools, you may be in a different type of hot water.

First time tool list for homeowners

Below we break down by category the different types of plumbing tools you may want to stock. Start with the basics and add as needed. Think about your comfort. If you’re unsure about replacing tube fittings, you probably don’t need to invest in a tube cutter and tube threader. Leave these jobs to the professionals at Benjamin Franklin!

plumber wrench

Wrenches are the foundation of your homeowner’s tool kit. There are a surprising number of different types of wrenches, many of which serve a specific purpose. Here are some of the wrenches you may need:

An adjustable crescent wrench

Adjustable Crescent Wrench. Your simple all-purpose wrench for tightening and loosening bolts and connections. Works on faucets, pipes and more.

socket wrench. Works well for hard-to-reach hardware and screws that are flush with other surfaces.

An adjustable pipe wrench.

Adjustable pipe wrench. The heavy-duty wrench for larger hex nuts and tougher connections that require more leverage.

cymbal key. A very special tool for loosening under counter faucet screws. A cymbal wrench reaches into those awkward, hard-to-reach spots.

garbage disposal key. (not pictured) If you have a garbage disposal, this allen key will allow you to manually rotate the sanding plates to clear clogs.

A water pump pliers.

water pump pliers. Not technically a wrench, but serves a similar function. These pliers adjust to different sizes to give you a solid grip on nuts and bolts of all sizes.

Remove clogging tools

A red tappet for sinks.

Clogs are a natural occurrence when you own a home. Food, hair, grease and who knows what can keep your drains from doing their job. Here’s what you need to open them again:

Flange plunger for toilets.

Cup Flask. This is your basic sink plunger.

flanged plunger. Specially designed to unclog your toilet. It has an extra flap or flange underneath to create a tight seal around the opening of your toilet bowl.

A hand-held drain snake.

drain snake. Essentially a coiled metal cable that you slide down drains and down pipes to unclog clogs and jams. They can be powered or manual. Use the crank to maneuver it through curves and bends in your plumbing and reach those tricky clogs.

A homeowner uses a toilet auger to unclog his toilet.

toilet snail. Similar to a drain snake, but designed for a toilet. The extended handle gives you more leverage to reach clogs in your toilet drain.

Tools for pipe work

When running plumbing of any type, you need multiple tools for cutting, threading, and installing pipe.

pipe or pipe cutting tool.

Pipe cutter / plastic pipe cutter. Cuts metal, PVC and other tubing to size to replace old tubing or add new plumbing.

A blowtorch.

pipe bender. (not shown) Add elbows to custom-fit tubing.

pipe threader. (not shown) Place threads on each tube after cutting.

Torch, solder and flux brush. Secure copper pipes permanently.

Can of PVC cement.

PVC cement. Seal PVC pipes securely.

other tools

There’s always something you forget. Here is a list of uncategorized plumbing tools that new homeowners should have on hand:

  • Bucket. For catching drips, holding tools and scooping water.
  • cartridge gun. Seal edges around sinks, toilets, pipes and more.
  • plumber’s putty/tape. Create a watertight seal over pipe threads before making connections.
  • Spatula. Scrape off old putty and grout.
  • washers and O-rings. Replace worn seals on faucets and hoses.
  • safety goggles and work gloves. Protect yourself at work.

The best plumbing tools and advice

Now you have an overview of the best plumbing tools for a specific job. Check out Benjamin Franklin’s blog for advice on how to quickly solve any plumbing problems that arise.

When plumbing problems feel bigger than your skills, consult your neighborhood plumbers at Benjamin Franklin. We love meeting new homeowners in the Dallas, Plano, and McKinney areas. We’ll help you keep your new home in good condition and show you how to protect your investment for years to come.

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