What Plumbing Tools Do I Need to Start a Handyman Business?
Starting your own handyman plumbing business is an excellent way to make use of your plumbing skills while enjoying the freedom of choosing your own work schedule. But before you buy every plumbing tool that you don’t already have, it’s best to consider the kinds of plumbing issues that handyman plumbers are usually hired to address: short order pipe and valve replacements and clogged pipes.
With this consideration in mind, there are five plumbing tools that are basic for the handyman plumber: adjustable pipe wrenches, a pipe clamp set, a thread chaser, a flaring tool set, thread seal tape and a pipe snake.
If you have past plumbing experience, then you probably already own an adjustable pipe wrench. But to complete your upcoming plumbing projects as efficiently as possible, it helps to have pipe wrenches of various sizes. Manually readjusting a single, large wrench to fit the size of various pipes is time consuming, and there is always the chance that a large wrench will prevent you from accessing pipes in tight spaces. Affordable adjustable pipe wrench sets range from $20.00 to $50.00, depending on the number of wrenches and their composition.
A pipe clamp set secures in place a pipe that is ready to be cut or threaded. An affordable, domestic grade pipe clamp set usually costs around $10.00. Be sure not to confuse pipe clamps with hose clamps, which use a belt-like clamp to wrap around hoses and pipes.
A thread restores the threading on older pipes to its original condition, making the refitting of matching pipes faster and easier. Purchasing a thread chaser also makes it unnecessary to buy costly thread re-cutting equipment. An affordable thread chaser can be purchased for around $85.00.
A flare tool creates flare fittings that fuse the end of one tapered pipe to the end of another, creating pressure and leak resistant seals. Flare tool sets differ based on how many flair sizes they produce, but with the price of flair sets that create six flare sizes costing only a few dollars more that those that create four sizes or less, it makes sense to buy the former.
Once plumbing pipes are ready to be sealed, a thin inner of sealing tape is applied to the threading on the male end of the pipe fitting to seal the connection. Single rolls of sealing tape are extremely affordable, usually costing less than $1.00.
One of the quickest, easiest ways to earn money in the plumbing business is by unclogging pipes using a pipe snake. A pipe snake extends a long, retractable metal wire that “snakes” down plumbing pipes until it meets and breaks up a clog. Manual pipe snakes are cheaper than electrical ones, but the latter spin their metal wire at a high rate of speed, allowing it to burrow by the toughest obstructions. Quality electrical pipe snakes with a 25′ metal wire can run as little as $150.00
in any case tools you decide to buy for your handyman plumbing business, shopping discount tools always decreases the upfront cost of setting your business in motion. A great way to begin searching for discount tools is to search for “refurbished tools”, which are “as new” tools that have been retuned to the seller for minor imperfections such as chipped paint. Internet bargain websites are a great place to search for refurbished plumbing tools.