Monday, August 27, 2012

While each bathroom repair or remodeling project calls for a different set of tools, you can minimize the hassle of having to purchase new tools by keeping the basics on hand. If you’re planning on undertaking a DIY (do-it-yourself) project in your bathroom, consider acquiring the following tools beforehand:

Plumbing Tools
The most important tools to have when trying to improve or repair the functionality of your bathroom components are those used by plumbers; these would include sink and toilet augers, a faucet valve reseating tool, faucet washers and graphite packing, a plumber’s snake (toilet jack), a mastic gun, pipe benders and cutters, a plunger, abrasive wire wool for cleaning, and a volt tester (to ensure electrical safety). This hardware, along with a bit of research, should give you the ability to quickly fix most problems with your sink, tub, or toilet drains. Of course, these aren’t the only tools plumbers and renovators use, they also have an assortment of…

Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Pliers, and a Hacksaw
Aside from the various screwdrivers and wrenches that are included in typical tool sets, plumbers also use specialty tools like faucet valve seat wrenches (used to remove the valve on the faucet body) and adjustable pipe wrenches -- which provide the leverage and grip needed to maneuver and remove pipes. A multi-tip screwdriver with interchangeable pieces and a magnetic tip is also a great tool to have, but for projects that require more durable hardware you may want to opt for a collection of single-unit screwdrivers, like those found in general tool sets. You should keep a hacksaw and/or junior hacksaw in your arsenal if you think you’re going to have to saw pipes to a desired length.

Pencils, Tape, and Caulk
These are the fundamentals needed to perform a slew of functional and aesthetic improvements in your bathroom (i.e. retiling or installing a new sink or tub). A pencil will be needed to mark measurements and pipe cutting/bending points; the best kinds of pencils to use are carpenter pencils. Duct tape is used to tape off excluded areas and ensure the accuracy of your work, while Teflon tape is preferred for plumbing repairs because it adheres well to pipe surfaces and is highly durable. A high-grade adhesive caulk is needed for many plumbing and tiling jobs, so having this tucked away in your garage is not a bad idea.