Tools and Gear: Plumbing Edition

Tools and Gear

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Plumber Picks

Here's a collection of favorite tools, gear and products submitted by professional plumbers, on the job, grinding it out every day.

hammer arrestor

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Sioux Chief plumbing products

Another great product from Sioux Chief! Clean look and they're removable to replace if needed! Perfect hammer arrester solution for the situation where the washer needs to go back tight without bending the hoses at a hard angle.

Submitted by Greg Maruffi (@greg_maruffi_plumbing)

A post shared by Brad Near (@knarlycarl) on Nov 9, 2017 at 2:50am PST

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Down to the Last Drop

What you see here is my favorite way to remove water from a toilet before taking it off the flange so I don't spill water out of the trap. I've already flushed it to get the water out of the tank.
What I'm showing here is simply using the Last Drop sucker tool to pull water into the tool, then I'm pushing the tube down into the trap of the toilet and pumping the water out the drain. That way I don't have to take that water anywhere else, it's all contained. This works 99% of the time. The other times is when the seal is so bad you don't want to run the risk of getting their floor or ceiling (if it's a second floor bathroom) wet. Then you have to suck it out and dump in a bucket or a tub or shower close by.

Submitted by Brad Near (@knarlycarl)

A post shared by Greg Maruffi (@greg_maruffi_plumbing) on Dec 11, 2017 at 8:02am PST

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Water Heater Descaler


Flushed a Navien Tankless today with some Haymaker Tankless Water Heater Descaler. I typically use just standard white vinegar but I didn’t have time to get to the store this weekend so I just picked this up from my local supplier. I was blown away by the results but I’m not sure if it was because it’s a better product or if it was from the tankless not being flushed for over 6 years... Now that I have used both I would have to say this is a better product.

Submitted by Greg Maruffi (@greg_maruffi_plumbing)

Plumbing Access Door

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Easy access

By far the best access door I've ever put in. No fasteners required. Simply level measure(twice). Cut the opening and install by bending over the clips. Great system. If recommend bookmarking their website because they have a huge selection.

Submitted by @robertsongeneralcontracting

A post shared by Nick Da Plumber (@nickdaplumber) on Nov 26, 2017 at 12:58pm PST

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"Spiral Screw Extractors" aka "EasyOuts"; they're nothing new, but in a pinch if you don't have em your basically screwed!!

Submitted by @nickdaplumber

A post shared by Brad Near (@knarlycarl) on Dec 13, 2017 at 7:28pm PST

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A little customization never hurt anybody

Lenox arbor/mandrel; holding the Milwaukee 3/8" paddle bit; using the DeWalt flexvolt hole saw... Did I mention I like to customize my tools? The secret behind the easy plug extraction is the combination of this and similar hole saws PLUS the Milwaukee 3/8" pilot bit.

Submitted by Brad Near (@knarlycarl)


A post shared by Brad Near (@knarlycarl) on Dec 7, 2017 at 10:26am PST

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Pliers Wrenches


Just in case anyone is still living under a rock... here are two of the many reasons why these are my go-to for fittings like these. These are the 10" KNIPEX pliers wrenches. Happy wrenching!

Submitted by Brad Near (@knarlycarl)

Plumbing Wheel Thing

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Quality Cutoff Wheels

Sick and tired of running your cutting wheels down to nothing without finishing a cut!? Stop wasting your money on bulk packages of metal cutoff wheels and look to invest into a diamond-grit metal cutoff wheel! There's a few different ones to choose from but the Lenox Metal Max  is the one your gonna want!!!

Submitted by @nickdaplumber

A post shared by Mechanical-Hub (@mechanicalhub) on Dec 27, 2017 at 9:40am PST

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RevMark White Marker

Writes well on pipes -check. Easier to see in low light situations- check.  Earned a permanent spot in all my tools bags- check.

Submitted by Eric Aune (@Mechanical Hub)

A post shared by Chris MacQueen/ Cam Freeman (@infiniteeplumbing) on Dec 13, 2017 at 3:10pm PST

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Kohler Touchless Toilet

First time installing the @kohlerco touchless. Very interesting and simple. Love installing these different products by Kohler! This is a great design to help keep germs from spreading.

Submitted by Chris MacQueen (@infiniteeplumbing)