Tools for the job

You will probably have most of the basic tools needed for plumbing, such as spanners and pliers, in your toolkit. Any specialist jobs, tools and equipment can be bought or hired. Coulsden Plumbers use the correct tools.Examples.Pliers:180 mm standard, combination pliers are useful for jobs such as removing split pins from cisterns, and long nose pliers will grip a sink or wash basin outlet grid. Slip-joint pliers have adjustable jaws and are useful for a wide range of gripping jobs.PTFE Tape:This tape makes threaded fittings watertight. Wrap the tape around the thread before screwing the joint together.Radiator Key:An essential tool for bleeding from the central heating system.Pipe Wrenches:For gripping pipes, circular fittings or hexagonal nuts that have been rounded off at the edges. Two wrenches are needed for some jobs. Some pipe wrenches such as footprint wrenches are still operated by squeezing the handles together, but the stillson type has an adjuster nut for altering the jobsite. A Coulsden Plumber has pipe wrenches.Sizes: 250 mm-360 mm, with jaw openings up to 25 mm-38 mm. for a system retaining nut you may need a wrench or adjustable spanner that will open to about 60 mm.Tip: When using a wrench, always push or pull in the direction of the jaw opening. Pad the jaws with cloth that they are likely to damage the fitting for example if it is plastic.Pipe Cutter:Quicker and more accurate than a hacksaw for cutting a, pipe. It may have an adjustable slide for cutting tubes of different diameters, and a fixed cutting wheel. Some have a tapered reamer on the front for removing the burr from the inside of the pipe. A small circular cutter known as a pipe slice is useful for cutting pipes in situ. It fits around the pipe and is rotated to make the cut.

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