Many DIY home projects are fun to learn as you go, and then there is plumbing. Plumbing requires certain know-how before you dive in; otherwise you end up with unnecessary expenses and frustrations. Following a few helpful tips, and having a certain amount of knowledge under your belt before you start any plumbing project can help reduce the cost, and the frustration.
Know Where Your Shut-off Valves Are
Before you start any plumbing project, you need to shut off the water. You may not need to shut off the entire home, but the area that you are working in will require the water to be shut off. Learn where your shut off valves are before you start any plumbing project. It is recommended you learn where these are as soon as you move into your home or apartment to avoid any unnecessary disasters.
Sweating Copper Pipe
Any good DIY plumber needs to know how to properly sweat copper piping. Make sure the copper is clean, add flux and then heat the joint. Apply solder and continue heating while rotating the pipe for a nice even connection.
Know Your Homes Plumbing System
Take the time to understand the plumbing layout in your home. Do research and get a good concept of the basic plumbing essentials. Learn the function of a pipe vent, how big your drain pipes should be, and how much pitch is needed on a waste pipe. An unfinished basement is a great way to learn about how your plumbing is laid out in your home.
Have the Right Tools
Every plumber needs tools. Plumbing tools are essential for any type of plumbing job. You can purchase plumbing kits that come with all the basics, or you can piece your tool collection together on your own. The suggested started kit includes:
- Propane torch: especially important if you plan on sweating copper pipe.
- Tongue-and-groove pliers: These are great for pulling, twisting, holding or tightening.
- Hacksaw: Use this to cut through metal pipes, screws, and anything else that gets in your way.
- Metal file: Use this to remove burs and smooth edges on piping and other fittings.
- Basic wrench: Any basic wrench will do to loosen and tighten connections such as screws and nuts.
- Pipe wrench: A heavier duty wrench that every plumber needs to tighten and loosen threaded pipes.
- Hand Auger: This is referred to as a plumber’s snake, great for clearing clogged drains.
- Tubing cutter: Similar to a C-clamp, this tool has a sharp edge that can cut any pipe with a simple twist of the wrist.
- Plunger: A plunger is a quick and easy to use tool for simple clogs.
About Preferred Plumbing & Drain
Preferred Plumbing & Drain has been providing plumbing services to the Sacramento and surrounding areas since 2004. Preferred Plumbing & Drain is a Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #856944) and a PHCC member.
With Preferred Plumbing & Drain, the estimate is always free and there is no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays. There are no trip or travel charges. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.