Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Knowing the Tools in a Plumber’s Arsenal

The problems that plumbers face are often complicated. More often than not, he’s going to need some specialized tools. Here are some examples of the job-specific tools they use:


If a clog proves too stubborn, plumbers will use what’s called a plumbing snake. This looks like a cone-shaped coil of wire connected to a zigzag-shaped offset crank. To remove a clog, the plumber unrolls the snake and pushes it into the pipe until resistance is felt. The plumber will then turn the crank to push the snake further into the resistance, and once the clog attaches to the snake, he will pull it back to the surface.

Pipe Cutter

This specialised cutting tool provides the plumber with a manual means of cutting metal or plastic pipes. A sharpened disc protrudes from the centre of the cutter’s C-shaped body. A knob on the tool’s exterior allows the plumber to adjust the size of the opening. To cut a pipe, the plumber loosens the opening, places a pipe inside, tightens the cutting disc onto the pipe, and rotates the tool around the pipe until it is cut.


A level is a fairly common tool, but you may not know that there are different types. Torpedo levels, carpenter’s levels, and line levels are among the kinds of levels frequently used by plumbers. In plumbing, a level is often used to determine the slope of drain pipes.

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