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Hand Tools and Protection

Three kinds of saw can be used in plumbing, these are:
1). The handsaw, designed for cutting into floorboards.
2). The Jigsaw, normally electrically driven. The jigsaw is very good for cutting holes in floors and plasterboard.
3). The hacksaw comes to your aid if there are some pipes that need to be cut. If you do use one for cutting pipework try hard to keep the cut at right angles to the pipe, and once you are through, clean the clean edges with a bit of abrasive strip or a small flat file. A Hackney Plumber uses all types of saw.

Ear Defenders (Protection):
Most plumbing work doesn’t involve prolonged use of power tools but if this ever looks likely, get a pair of ear defenders. These come as either little memory foam in earplugs or huge great headphones. They are a very important bit of kit as you need to protect your hearing whilst you work.

Pump Pliers:
If you can’t get a nut with your spanner, then you need these. There is a right way and a wrong way to use these pliers, so if you have them the wrong way you will find the jaws open rather than close. Good for most things, you should not use them on chrome. Hackney Plumbers use pump pliers every day.

The stilson is an old plumber’s favourite. It comprises of a long handle and teeth on the jaws to give solid grip. Its main function use is to grip round sections of pipework. Its jaws are opened and placed over the item to be held and then the handles are closed so the jaws come together and grip tightly.

Adjustable Spanner:
Versatile spanner having jaws that can adjust to various sizes. These come in different sizes so it is a good move to keep a couple of pairs to give you flexibility.


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