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  • Your Toolbox - essentials

    I was curious what you guys carry on a day to day basis for plumbing tools.

    What tools are essentials that you leave on the truck at all times?

    Thanks,

    Josh

  • #2
    Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

    6-1 screwdriver
    2 pairs of knipex locking channels (big-small)
    2 sizes of crescent wrenches
    utility knife
    allen wrenches - both standard/metric
    small tape measure
    markers-pencils
    ridgid mini-cutters
    aluminum 10" pipe wrench
    ridgid basin wrench when needed
    PVC cable saw
    tin snips


    I'm missing a few things but I just got up
    Northern Kentucky Plumbers Twitter Feed | Plumbing Videos

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    • #3
      Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

      Torches
      Tubing Cutters (Various ones)
      Sectional Drain Machine
      Small Sink Drain Drum
      Pipe Wrenches
      Channellocks
      Screwdrivers (Medium 6 in 1, Straight, Phillips, Torx, Tiny ones)
      Hammers
      Levels
      Small Deep Socket Set and/or Pass Through Socket Set
      Mini HackSaw
      Small Flashlight
      Adjustable Wrenches
      Speed Square
      Seat Wrench
      Basin Wrench
      Internal Nipple Wrenches
      Small Masonry Chisel
      Needle Nose Pliers
      DeWalt Right Angle Drill (Timberwolf Style)
      Sawzall (Battery and Corded)
      Larger Hammer Drill
      Smaller Hammer Drill
      Circular Saw
      Shovels
      MicroExplorer
      Press Tool
      Cordless Drills & Impact Driver
      Small Air Compressor
      Ratcheting Cutters
      Extension Cords
      Ladders
      Soil Pipe Cutters
      Paslode and Mitre Saw depending on job
      Handtruck
      Tape Measures
      Allen Wrenches (Metric & SAE)
      Utility Knives
      Tin Snips
      MultiMeter
      Plunger (When It Can be Found )
      PEX Crimpers

      All that comes to mind quickly.

      J.C.
      Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 11-24-2009, 11:42 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

        Same as Dunbar's but would add :
        Fluke multi meter
        Plunger
        K-50
        Hacksaw
        Plumbing shop supr.
        My plumbing hobby site - PlumbingHelp.ca

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        • #5
          Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

          Originally posted by PlumbingHelp.ca View Post
          Same as Dunbar's but would add :
          Fluke multi meter
          Plunger
          K-50
          Hacksaw
          Yep, forgot the multi-meter on my list. A plunger when I can find it.

          J.C.

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          • #6
            Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

            My whole truck is my toolbox, I could not do my job properly with out all the stuff listed below.


            Basic Hand Tools
            1. 6 in 1 screwdriver
            2. Flashlight
            3. 25' tape measure
            4. torpedo level
            5. crescent wrench
            6. chanelocks
            7. pipe wrenches, (2) 18" (2) 24"
            Faucet repair toolbox
            1. basin wrench
            2. seat wrenches
            3. Moen cartridge puller
            4. Ridgid Faucet wrench
            5. 101 midget tubing cutter
            6. tub sockets
            7. flaring tool block
            Drain cleaning toolbox
            1. 3 lb hammer
            2. cold chisel
            3. 15" crescent wrench
            4. T wrench 9/16"
            5. allan wrench set
            6. various cutters for all rodding machines on the truck
            7. pipe dope
            Copper toolbox
            1. various tubbing cutters
            2. sand cloth
            3. pipe reaming tool Ridgid 223S
            4. flaring tool
            5. acid brushes
            6. tape measure
            7. folding ruler
            8. pencils and markers

            Video Inspection tools
            1. SeeSnake 200' B&W with locating sonde no footage counter
            2. Ridgid MicroExplorer
            3. recently added MicroExplorer RCA adapter.
            4. 200' of heavy duty string (used to help with making the camera make right angle turns in sewer)
            5. VCR which is now replaced with the RCA adapter
            Sewer and Drain cleaning
            1. Spartan 1065
            2. Spartan 100 1/2" drum and 13/32" drums
            3. Ridgid K-50 with drum adapter for 1/4" cable and 75' of 5/8 sectional
            4. Ridgid K-1500 with over 200' of 1 1/4" cable
            5. Ridgid K-6 Auger
            6. Water Ram
            7. Ro-Pump
            8. 4" and 6" canvas sludge bags
            9. Viking electric 1.2gpm 1200 psi jetter with 50' of trap hose
            10. guide rail for rodding from catch basins
            Other tools for various jobs and pipe fab
            1. Pipe vice
            2. Pipe cutters
            3. pipe threader Ridgid 300
            4. acetylene tank
            5. wet/dry vac
            6. shoe covers
            7. drop clothes
            8. inspection mirror
            9. coat hanger
            10. allan wrenches
            11. torx wrenches
            12. socket set
            13. DVM meter
            14. water heater element wrench
            15. manometer
            16. hacksaw
            17. sawzall
            18. pvc saw
            There is more but is all I can think of off the top of my head.
            Last edited by SewerRatz; 11-24-2009, 12:24 PM. Reason: added a few things
            Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
            A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
            Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
            Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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            • #7
              Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

              Pipe wrenches 24" to 10" , 3 of each
              1/2" to 3/4" die head
              1" to 2" and 1/2" to 3/4" dies
              spare cutter wheels
              1/2" drive deep well sockets
              1/2" ratchet
              porta band
              18 volt battery drill
              18 volt battery saws all
              corded saws all
              corded 1/2" drill
              1 1/4" to 4" in air roll groover
              2" to 6" in air roll groover
              2" to 4" hinged cutters
              1/2" to 2" cutters
              couple of good torpedo levels, strong magnets
              channel locks couple of pairs
              1 1/4" impact socket for MJ bolts
              1/2" drive impact swivel
              1/2" air impact wrench, two of them
              1/2" electric impact wrench
              PLS3 box laser
              torpedo laser level
              wrap around, couple of different sizes
              centering head for pipe
              hole saw drill jig for cutting holes in pipe for saddles
              hole saws of many sizes and mandrels
              test meter with clamp on amp meter
              hand tools of wrenches up to 1 1/2", some 3/4" drive sockets up to 1 3/4"
              screw drivers, cresent wrenches, etc, etc.
              2 to 3 30' tape measures
              300 power machine complete with oiler (on and off as needed)
              machine roll groover (as needed)
              air compressor (as needed)
              4" side grinder
              minimum of two 5 gallon buckets
              six foot ladder
              two flashlights
              Spot light
              several ratchet tie downs
              hammers
              1911 in .45 with box of shells
              calculator
              business cards
              jumper cables
              big half round bastard files
              paint markers, pencils, sharpie
              change of clothes and shoes

              too much to list

              G3

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              • #8
                Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                G3, do you ever use what I call a "fitting level"? Screws in threaded fittings.

                Seen some sprinkler contractors use them.

                Thanks.

                J.C.

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                • #9
                  Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                  i know where i'm shoping this Christmas your place
                  the only dumb question is the one that is not asked!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                    LOL.....45 and business cards
                    Plumbing shop supr.
                    My plumbing hobby site - PlumbingHelp.ca

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                    • #11
                      Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                      One of these mounted to the bumper on all our trucks.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                        My whole truck is my toolbox, I could not do my job properly with out all the stuff listed below.


                        Basic Hand Tools
                        1. 6 in 1 screwdriver
                        2. Flashlight
                        3. 25' tape measure
                        4. torpedo level
                        5. 6" Though 15"crescent wrenches
                        6. chanelocks 6" to 16" plus lockjaws
                        7. pipe wrenches, (1) 12" (3) 14" (2) 18" (1) 24"
                        Faucet repair toolbox
                        1. (2) 1 r1017 PLUS 1 r 1019 basin wrenches
                        2. seat wrenches
                        3. Moen cartridge puller
                        4. Ridgid Faucet wrench
                        5. 101 midget tubing cutter
                        6. tub sockets
                        7. set small cold chisels
                        Drain cleaning toolbox
                        1. vise grips small to 2 large
                        2. 3 lb hammer
                        3. cold chisel small to large
                        4. 15" crescent wrench
                        5. T wrench 9/16"
                        6. 7/16" + 9/16" ratcheting box wrenches
                        7. allan wrench set
                        8. various cutters for all rodding machines on the truck
                        9. pipe dope
                        10. 2 bolt cutters 1 lg. 1 sm.
                        Copper toolbox[LIST=1][*]various tubbing cutters[*]sand cloth[*]pipe reaming tool [*]flaring tool[*]acid brushes[*]tape measure[*]folding ruler[*]pencils and markers


                        Sewer and Drain cleaning[LIST=1][*]Spartan 1065 w/ 11/16" x 140' or 300 with 2nd main drum 5/8" x 80'[*]Spartan 100 1/2" drum and 13/32" drums
                        [*]MARCO-6 Auger[*]Ro-Pump[*]11/2" 2" 4" and 6" canvas sludge bags[*]MUSTANG electric 1.2gpm 1200 psi jetter with 50' of trap hose

                        Other tools for various jobs and pipe fab[LIST=1[*]Pipe extractors and pipe taps 1/2", 3/4",1",11/4",11/2",2", & 21/2"[*]Pipe vice on stand slides into hitch receiver[*]Pipe cutters[*]acetylene tank[*]wet/dry vac[*]shoe covers[*]drop clothes at least two to three plus pastic covers[*]inspection mirror[*]coat hanger[*]allan wrenches[*]torx wrenches[*]socket set[*]DVM meter[*]water heater element wrench[*]manometer[*]hacksaw[*]sawzall[*]pvc saw[*] all types Electric work tools

                        There is more but is all I can think of off the top of my head.
                        Last edited by JERRYMAC; 11-24-2009, 07:08 PM.
                        JERRYMAC
                        E-MAILJERRYMAC777@GMAIL.COM
                        CALIF. LIC. PLBG,HEAT,DRAINS,ELECTRIC,WATER HEATER, BOILER, POOL AND SPA HEATER
                        FIRE SPRINKLER CONTRACTOR,
                        SINCE JAN. 1989

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                        • #13
                          Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                          JC, I have tried the fitting levels but they were cheap, plastic and pretty much JUNK. I wish someone would make one out of aluminum that is worth sometheing, it would be a real time saver. I have thought about having a machine shop make one for me. I use a short piece of XL (threadable thinwall, maybe sch. 30) pipe and a lenox torpedo level.

                          G3

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                          • #14
                            Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                            Originally posted by G3sprinklers View Post
                            JC, I have tried the fitting levels but they were cheap, plastic and pretty much JUNK. I wish someone would make one out of aluminum that is worth sometheing, it would be a real time saver. I have thought about having a machine shop make one for me. I use a short piece of XL (threadable thinwall, maybe sch. 30) pipe and a lenox torpedo level.

                            G3
                            Thanks! Just delete my PM.

                            J.C.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Your Toolbox - essentials

                              RIDGID? ARE YOU LISTENING?

                              A good, metallic, fitting level would be pretty handy.

                              J.C.

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