Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Home Plumbing Kit

A plumbing emergency kit is a great idea for any household; it will get you through a leaky faucet or a clogged toilet with ease!

1. First trick in a plumbing emergency isn't in the toolbox, it is basic knowledge. Know where the shut offs are for each sink and toilet as well as the whole house.

2. A good plunger is a must. Make sure it is made of a heavy rubber and has good suction power. You can get a bulb type plunger or this kind with a fold out head that sits snugly in the toilet bowl.

3. A good quality snake can help free clogs that are deeper in the system than a plunger.

4. Assorted pipe wrenches are also a must. The most common needed for household repairs are ten and eighteen inches. A big adjustable wrench is also a good idea to have on hand.

5. A couple of offset screwdrivers will help you get to hard to reach places behind sinks and toilets.

6. Some tools you might not have thought of; petroleum jelly, cola and a magnet. The petroleum jelly will lubricate sticky threads on an aerator or rejuvenate a dried up valve seat in a toilet. Cola will help loosen a sluggish drain or eat away the rust on a stuck bolt. And a magnet, tied to a string will fish clippers, tweezers and bobby pins out of a drain!

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