There are a number of plumbing tasks homeowners can perform on their own. However, the difference between doing it right and doing it wrong will begin with having the right type of tools and equipment on hand. Without the necessary tools, your job won't just look unprofessional, but the likelihood of you causing damage and needing to call on a professional to repair your issues in the future is quite high. Before embarking on a new faucet installation, make sure you know what tools you need.
A pipe wrench is a plumbing tool that is designed to fit securely around rounded, metal surfaces, such as pipes. When you need to install the new connection for the new faucet or remove the old connection, a pipe wrench will allow you to get a solid grip on the pipes so that you can rotate it more easily. Pipe wrenches are also adjustable, allowing you to get a good grip on the pipe no matter its size.
Believe it or not, pliers come in a number of forms. Make sure you have a slip-joint style. Slip-joint pliers typically come in one of two options, tongue and groove or multiple hole; however, they both are adjustable and they don't have blades on them, which will help you make any adjustments without fear of damaging the fastener or any nearby pipes. If you make a mistake and get solid-joint pliers, you won't be able to adjust the grip, and if you get cutting pliers, you could damage your pipes.
Tube cutters are used to cut tubes and pipes. Unlike like a handsaw, tube cutters produce clean and accurate cut lines. Clean lines will be especially important if you need to remove the old drain supply lines to install the new faucet. While a traditional sized tube cutter is generally acceptable for most jobs, if your supply lines are located near a solid structure, such as the back wall of the cabinet, you will need to purchase a mini tuber cutter to ensure proper access.
Make sure you have an adjustable basin wrench, sometimes referred to as a sink wrench, on hand. This plumbing tool is very helpful when you need to adjust fasteners in tight spaces where a traditional wrench can't fit, such as under the sink. The basin wrench will help properly secure the new faucet in place to eliminate the risk of a leak. In addition to a faucet install, this can be used for a number of other tasks.
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