TOP 5 DIY Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Own


– Hey guys, my name’s Aaron
Massey from MrFixItDIY.com and today I’m here to talk to you about the top five DIY plumbing
tools I think every homeowner should own. (upbeat electric guitar music) Plumbing is one of those
things that most homeowners try to stay clear of and they
dread having to deal with, but I’m here to show
you the top five tools I think every homeowner should own that can tackle the majority
of household plumbing issues and save you from making really expensive calls to a plumber. Number five is a water
pressure testing gauge. This tool costs around 10 bucks and isn’t something
you’ll use all the time, but it’s definitely worth
having in your arsenal and here’s why. If you have public water,
the pressure that the town or the city sends to your house is substantially higher than the pressure the valves and fixtures in
your house are rated for. Your house or apartment
has something like this, which is a pressure regulator valve that converts the pressure
the city sends to your house to levels that are safe for
your valves and fixtures; usually less than 60 psi. Using a water pressure gauge can help you dial in your water
pressure to suitable levels for your house and also
help diagnose a problem, like if your regulator fails, like mine did last year. If this happens the water
pressure in your house spikes and can cause problems with your fixtures and it can cause a dangerous situation with your water tank if your temperature and pressure valve is
not working properly. The bottom line is having
a tool like this around and checking your water
pressure periodically is a relatively cheap and
easy way to stay on top of potentially expensive
problems before they start. Number four is a blow torch. Since pex has come around, DIY plumbing has gotten significant easier. But if you watch some of my other videos you know I still like to
use copper in moderation. Using copper requires
soldering joints together and you can’t do that
without a blow torch. Even if you aren’t
comfortable or interested in soldering your own
copper joints together a blow torch is still a useful tool, especially if you live in an older home with galvanized piping. These pipes are threaded
together and over time they can be extremely
difficult to get apart. Applying heat to them with a blowtorch can help loosen them. Which brings me to my next
tool, which is a pipe wrench. A pipe wrench is a must have
is you live in an older home. There’s no way you’re gonna
get galvanized pipes apart without a pipe wrench. And even with a pipe wrench
it can be a tremendous pain in the ass. (equipment rattling) Also drain clean out caps around your home are likely larger than any typical wrench you’d have lying around. So having a pipe wrench handy means you can easily
take off a clean out cap to access otherwise difficult clogs. Number two is a shop vac. A shop vac is one of my
absolute must have tools when it come to DIY plumbing. Not only is a shop vac great
for cleaning up water spills and messes from overflows, but it can also be used
to clear most clogs in sink and shower drains as well. Remove the filter from
the shop vac then fill up your tub or sink with
a little bit of water in the bottom and plug the
overflow with a wet rag. Stick the shop vac hose
down in to make sure you get a nice tight
seal around the drain. And then just suck out the clog. A shop vac is a much cheaper and much more effective alternative to using costly drain cleaning chemicals. So I recommend that everybody gets one. And my number one DIY
plumbing tool is a pair of channel locks or adjustable pliers. A pair of channel locks
is the tool I reach for and use in every single DIY
plumbing project that I tackle, whether it’s loosening up
slip joints on trap assemblies or installing shut off valves. Without a pair of these, you’re pretty much not gonna be able to do any plumbing projects. Which is why I consider
them the most valuable tool in my tool pouch when
it comes to plumbing. So that’s it for this
episode of Top Five DIY. You can grab all these
tools for less than $150.00. Which is less than you’d
pay a plumber to come out for a single visit. And with them you can tackle probably 90% of household plumbing issues. If you guys like this video please hit that like button and leave a comment down
below and let me know. And let me know what other top five DIYs you’d like to see next. If you’d like to check out more of my DIY and home improvement related videos, I’ll leave links to those right here, or you can always visit my
website at MrFixItDIY.com. Thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see you next time. (upbeat, electric guitar pop music)

26 thoughts on “TOP 5 DIY Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

  1. Love your videos man! Great production, great presence in front of the camera, awesome production value and smooth flow of your videos. Your stuff is top notch. My only complaint, NOT ENOUGH MR. FIX IT!! We need more videos, or your own show on DIY or HGTV. Keep up the great work man.

  2. i suggest using a wrench with no teeth to tighten chrome stops. using a set of water pump pliers (channel locks) mars the surface lessening the quality of your workmanship. if you want a chrome stop solution that wont mar the surface, ridgid makes a wrench called the one stop wrench, but any smooth jawed adjustable wrench will do the job. – a plumber

  3. I just want to point out that DIY is undertaken at your own risk. I, as a plumber, have been called to peoples homes where they attempted to DIY something and it ended up causing massive amounts of damage because they messed up something really simple. Case and point if you are not absolutely sure you know what you are doing. DO NOT DO ANYTHING. CALL A PROFESSIONAL. Licensed and insured plumbers are exactly that, licensed (so you know they know what they are doing) and insured (so if they mess up you are not on the hook for damages). Know your limits. Be smart. Be safe.

  4. Soldering is not the only way to handle copper tubing. There are sharkbite connections to connect copper tubing. And there are also crimping tools to connect copper tubing similar to the way pex is connected.

  5. Those pressure reducing valves have a built in back flow preventer, with out a extrol tank on the water heater will cause the pressure relief valve to leak

  6. We live in an area of our city that has high water pressure: 85 psi. I have a gauge on the main line just after the meter. We've lived here for 38 years and have had no problems that I could attribute to high water pressure. I use pressure-activated valves in the toilets. No problems.

  7. Wow! I really like your video. I wanted to share it with others on the DIY section of Quality-Trades.com so I added it here https://quality-trades.com/diy-plumbing/youtube/8/top-5-diy-plumbing-tools-every-homeowner-should-own — If for some reason you don't like it here please let me know and I will take it down. PS. if your video is monetized, that feature still works on Quality-Trades.com!

  8. the blow torch is is also good for when you've made so many critical errors that your only viable choice is to just burn the house down and start over. it just gets the process started a lot faster than say, matches or a lighter

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