Diy Plumbing Supplies

DIY plumbing supplies are the items that you need when you tackle any type of DIY plumbing job. All plumbers carry a toolkit with them, and it's a good idea for you to assemble your own basic toolkit that contains the DIY plumbing supplies you are likely to need. If you keep your toolkit well stocked with useful items, you won't need to rush out to the store in the event of an emergency because you'll already have your DIY plumbing supplies at hand.

Of course a plumber's toolkit also contains the tools needed to do plumbing jobs, but here we are talking about plumbing supplies and not tools.

Leaks are the most common DIY plumbing problems, so the most important items are those that will enable you to stop leaks.

These DIY Plumbing Supplies include:

• putty,
• suitable silicone sealants, and
• plumber's tape.

Putty can be a plumber's best friend. Two-part putty, which you mix together, will plug up just about any kind of small hole or leak. It's easy to use and it hardens quickly. You can also use ordinary window putty for some jobs, for example to seal around the base of taps.

Silicone sealants are sold in tubes for various applications. Bathroom sealants are usually transparent or white in colour.

Plumber's tape (PTFE or thread seal tape) is surprisingly thin, usually white in colour, and it is used around the thread of any joint to tighten and seal it. We also use plumber's tape when we install taps and valves, so it's an indispensable item.

If you have copper pipe, it's a good idea to keep solder and a soldering iron in your toolkit. If you have steel pipes, you might use PVC pipewrapping tape, which is very sticky, to protect pipes from corrosion. If you are likely to be working with PVC pipes or gutters, then PVC weld - a type of glue - is another plumbing supply you will need. The adhesive melts the plastic (PVC) just enough to make it stick to another piece of plastic pipe.

Another DIY plumbing supply you should always have on hand is washers. But make sure you have the correct type and size for your taps and cistern fittings. Remember that some taps use ceramic discs rather than ordinary washers.

You might also want to include ready-assembled repair kits, including a pipe repair kit, with your DIY plumbing supplies.


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