The tools make the difference on DIY bathroom projects — as long as the homeowner knows what they’re doing and has experience. Whether you plan to complete part of your bathroom remodel or just want to keep your bathroom in working order, these tools can help you keep things running smoothly.
This cousin of the adjustable wrench ranks No. 1 among tools homeowners need for bathroom use, says Justin West, service coordinator for Scotto Plumbing Service in Clearwater, Florida.
Channel locks can help with maintenance, such as cleaning out the aerator on a sink faucet. They also assist in emergency situations, such as when your toilet overflows and you need to crank a stubborn shut-off.
“At that point, at least you’re safe,” West says. “You’re not going to flood.”
Homeowners can avoid calling a plumber for many sink and toilet clogs, says Mike Larson, general manager of Norblom Plumbing in St. Paul, Minnesota. The barbed plastic cords, such as the Zip-It, can clear a clogged drain. However, Larson advises using the tool regularly to prevent clogs from forming.
“It’s also good to have a plunger for a clogged toilet or a tub,” Larson says. However, homeowners should keep two — a flange plunger for toilets and a cup plunger for sink and shower drains.
Most bathroom tools are useful in other areas of the home, so keeping a well-stocked toolbox will benefit both your commode and your abode. A hammer, tape measure, spackle knife, caulk gun and stud finder are a good start.
A wet-dry Shop-Vac also proves handy if water overflows onto the floor, as well as when draining a toilet before removal.
A cordless drill lends itself to many tasks around the home. In the bathroom, homeowners might use it to install towel bars, cabinet hardware or a toilet paper holder. When it comes to installing grab bars, use the aforementioned stud finder to DIY this job.
However, if you think you’re getting in over your head, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Call a reputable bathroom remodeling contractor who’s licensed, bonded and insured and possesses the one tool money can’t buy: years of experience.
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This article was written by James Figy, Angie’s List.
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