Every home needs to have a toolbox with basic tools for those inevitable small jobs that always come up when you become a homeowner. While you don't have to go out and buy a slew of tools all at once, the following are ones that you should plan to add to your toolbox along the way.
Inexpensive, easy to use and effective, a plunger is a plumber's best friend -- and for good reason. It is often the first thing that you think to grab when you have a clog. Whether you are using on your tub, sink, toilet, floor drain or shower, you want to press down with the plunger to create a good seal then pull sharply upward.
2. Pipe Wrench
A pipe wrench is no ordinary wrench. It's large size and heavy duty design makes it the ideal method of loosening fittings, pipes and nuts. It is best to go ahead and purchase two of them -- one to hold the pipe and one to do the turning. For most jobs, you'll need either a 14 inch model or a 10 inch one so buy one of each. While a pipe wrench is invaluable, because of its serrated teeth, the finish on a fixture could be damaged. Place a cloth within its jaws for protection.
A hacksaw is a valuable addition to any toolbox as it is versatile and easy to store. You can use it to cut through metal pieces such as bolts, pipe, nuts, screws and other hardware. It will also make cutting plastic pipe a snap. Be sure to keep plenty of extra blades in your toolbox too so you are prepared. One trick to help you get more use of it is to wrap a cloth around the loose blade's end and use that as a saw if you are working within a tight spot that offers a limited amount of room.
4. Closet Auger
With its long cable made of rust resistant steel, a closet auger is the perfect partner for helping you to unclog your toilet. Priced at only $14 to $40, it manually powers through even the toughest clogs.
While a well stocked toolbox is a fantastic start for handling those minor plumbing jobs, anything more complicated than is best handled by a professional plumber.