Glossary of Tools

Self-Locking Wrench:This versatile tool, commonly known as a mole wrench from the name of the original maker, can be used like a pair of pliers or a makeshift extra spanner. Its serrated jaws will grip around things like the knurled nuts on waste traps, and its lockable jaws mean that you can use it as a clamp when you need an extra pair of hands. Archway Plumbers carry these tools.Measuring:There are two types of measuring implements that are normally needed to carry out measuring tasks in plumbing. The first is a measuring rule, it can be made from either, wood, metal or plastic for sizing and marking drill holes. The second is a flexible tape measure for long measuring tasks like the position of taps, or radiators and lengths of pipe.Pliers:Pliers are very handy and widely used. Long nosed are great for electrics, with large ones used for heavy work such as soldering.The Basin Wrench:Is a long handled wrench and is specifically designed for the fitting of taps. The jaw is turned over into ‘tighten’ or ‘untighten’ mode and then is operated with a pivoting movement.Chain Wrench:This tool has a handle, a toothed jaw and a chain that is used to grip the pipes and larger nuts. The chain wraps over the item to be undone or turned, connect the chain and the toothed jaw and lever with the handle so it grips. It is a very useful tool for carrying out work on, very old pipework, larger nuts and also threaded older galvanized pipes.Spirit Level:A tool to check that fittings and fixtures are level and true. Available in lots of sizes and types. Most common used are small wooden bodied with the level set in the middle. Great tool and used by an Archway Plumber.Hammers: There are three hammers normally used in plumbing, a claw hammer for general work like knocking in nails and clawing out old ones. A small tack hammer for pins and tiny nails. Lastly, a large headed clump hammer to lift floorboards and chop holes in plaster or brickwork.