Top 10 Plumbing Tools To Add To Your DIY Toolkit


A plumbing toolkit is a great item to have around the home that will let you repair minor issues with a plumbing system yourself. From leaky pipes to a blocked drain, the right plumbing tools can get the problem resolved quickly and save you money. We’ve put together the top 10 most common items to put into your DIY toolkit for when you need them.

Basin Wrench

With a shaft and a swivel, this item can tighten or loosen the nuts on sink taps as well as loosen tap bolts which are located in a deep and narrow space behind the sink and otherwise impossible to reach.

Pipe Wrench

An adjustable pipe wrench gives you powerful leverage and grip when you need to tighten or loosen nuts and fittings. You’ll need two pipe wrenches to get the job done, one for turning and one for holding.

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Slip-Joint Pliers

Slip-joint pliers have angled jaws which let you grip onto pipes and twist plumbing parts of any size. This versatile tool can be used to hold onto heavy steel pipes or gently tighten nuts and bolts.

Toilet Auger

Fix a clogged toilet yourself with this handy tool. A toilet auger has a long metal rod that is bent into a u-shape for digging deep into the toilet bowl and removing blockages.

Toilet Plunger

This is a specially-shaped plunger designed to remove blockages from toilets. It features a flange beneath a domed plunger head which helps to seal around the hole at the base of the toilet bowl for maximum suction. The hydraulic pressure created by the closed seal is enough to remove most toilet blockages.


A hacksaw comes in handy if you need to saw through metal or plastic. The blade features tiny metal teeth for a clean cut and the handles give you more control and precision than an electric alternative.

 Stubby Screwdrivers

Phillips-head and flat screwdrivers are a must in every DIY toolkit. These essentials can tighten or loose many different screws in plumbing fixtures.

 Plumber’s Tape

Plumber’s tape is a must for stopping leaks where pipes connect and can be used on shower heads, waterline connections and more.

 Tube Cutters

Easily cut through copper pipes with smooth, even edges. Try to include a standard tube cutter and a mini tube cutter in your toolkit for different jobs.

Replacement Parts

From O-rings to rubber washers, these little parts are fantastic to have on-hand for when you need to quickly fix leaky valves on sinks, radiators and other older plumbing fixtures.

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Call In A Professional Plumber

If your plumbing problem goes beyond a DIY toolkit and you need extra help, call in a professional. Barker Plumbing Services have over 30 years’ experience in plumbing on the Gold Coast and have all of the specialist plumbing tools you need to fix any repairs in the home or business. Give us a call today.