Can You Correctly ID These Common Pieces of Plumbing Equipment?

Talin Vartanian

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About This Quiz

A wide variety of home improvement projects can be adjusted, fixed and improved upon with the helpful hands of a plumber. Though a plumber is quite knowledgeable on how to unclog drains and how to fix leaky faucets, they use a wide range of tools to get any kind of job done.

Common tools that are within a plumber's reach include a pipe cutter, an adjustable spanner and a bucket. Though these are small, inexpensive and easy to use, these types of tools play an important role in the daily life of a plumber. Other tools may not be so obvious, like a blowlamp and a soldering pad. A blowlamp, for instance, is used to solder pipes together using an intense flame. A soldering pad may be used in conjunction with a blowlamp to prevent damage on the work surface or nearby appliances.

Other handy pieces of equipment that a plumber may use include a pressure tester and an inspection camera. These tools are essential for pipe-work. For example, a pressure tester is used to check pipe pressure, while an inspection camera is used to check for a clogged source with a pipe.

Whether you're a plumber or someone who is interested in plumbing tools, we encourage you to test your knowledge by taking this plumbing equipment identification quiz. All you have to do is match the photo to the correct name of the tool. Think you can do it? Try to score a 100% now!

This piece of equipment is used to clean out drains. What's its name?

A cleanout plug wrench is used to open the cover to clean out drains and is shaped to fit cleanout plugs within countersinks. These are also typically made of iron.

A plumber can unclog toilets and drains by using a...

A closet auger kit is used to unclog a variety of vessels, including toilets and urinals. These are also shaped like a long rod with a cord attached at the end.

Which of these pieces of plumbing equipment is used to produce heat?

Plumbers use a blowlamp to solder pipes together, because this handy tool produces a flame. A blowlamp is also typically used in conjunction with a soldering pad to prevent damage on appliances.

This easy-to-use tool is a household staple that can unclog toilets.

Almost every household has a plunger near the toilet. These are cheap and easy to use for clogged toilets.

A ______ _______ is used to "level" a variety of surfaces.

Plumbers can easily "level" a surface with a spirit level. Their are also magnetic versions of this, which allows the plumber to work hands-free.

A _____ ______ is a handy tool that is used to check pipe pressure.

A pressure tester has a dial on one end that allows the plumber to accurately determine how high or low the pressure is in various pipes. These are also relatively easy to use.

This piece of plumbing equipment is used to peer inside drains and pipes.

An inspection camera has a long cord attached that can fit inside almost any type of pipe or drain. This is typically used to find the source of a clogged drain.

This piece of plumbing equipment is used for adjusting various types of tap fittings under the sink. Can you name it?

When under-sink tap fittings need some adjustment, a plumber will often use a basin spanner. These often look like a medium-length pole with a "T" attached at the end.

Plumbers will often use this to freeze pipes.

When plumbers need to freeze pipes for plumbing jobs, they will often use pipe freezer spray. This causes no harm to the pipes.

Which of these plumbing tools has a powerful grip?

Rubber strap wrenches features long rubber material that can be adjusted to a spout or filter. The rubber will "grip" the spout or filter, which a plumber can then utilize to loosen or tighten it.

This tool is used to fix garbage disposers. Are you familiar with it?

A garbage disposer wrench is used to fix garbage disposers that are clogged or jammed. These also have a long reach for safety purposes.

______ _______ are used to alleviate knee discomfort.

Knee pads are used to alleviate discomfort in plumber's knees. These pads also come in handy for sink and tub work.

Which of these tools is used to unclog drains?

Drain rods come in a set of attachable rods. These rods can be "hooked" together and inserted into a drain to unclog it.

This piece of plumbing equipment is used to protect a work surface against high heat.

When plumbers use a blowlamp to solder pipes together, they may use a soldering pad as well. The soldering pad contains fire-resistant properties, and protects work surfaces from heat damage.

The _______ ________ is used for faucet shank locknuts.

A quick nutracker features cutter blades that are used to adjust or remove locknuts. These also contain ball thrust bearings for ample cutter blade grip.

This piece of equipment is used for compression sleeves within pipes. Can you identify it?

Compression sleeve pullers are used for removing or adjusting compression sleeves within various types of pipes. The end of this tool is pushed into a tube or pipe using the top "T" handle.

Rounded bolts can be adjusted by using an...

These are not only great for adjusting pipes, but also for adjusting rounded bolts. The jaws of this tool are also powerful enough to grip onto almost any surface.

Faucet handles can be removed by using a...

A faucet handle puller is used to literally "pull" faucet handles out. These may also be used in conjunction with a compression sleeve puller.

A plumber can easily bend a pipe by using a _____ _____.

A pipe bender does exactly what its name implies: it bends pipes! These are also considered to be affordable and easy-to-use.

This tool is used to cut pipes. Do you know what it is?

A pipe cutter is used to cut pipes, as its name implies. These quick and easy-to-use tools are also small enough to fit into any pocket for ease of portability.

This type of tool is used to precisely cut very thick pipes. Are you familiar with it?

Telescopic tube cutters are used to cut very thick tubes, up to 35 mm. The attached built-in deburrer is also used to clean up any rough edges.

This piece of plumbing equipment is used for wall conduits. Can you name it?

This handy tool can be used in conjunction with a screwdriver for wall conduit jobs. These are also small and lightweight in size.

"Water pump pliers" are also known as which of these tools?

Slip joint pliers aren't just for grooves for water pumps, but they are also used for adjusting and holding various objects and surfaces. The jaws of this tool are also toothed and very powerful.

Radiator valves can be adjusted by using a...

Radiator spanners are used to adjust various types of radiator valves. These are also called a "radiator valve lever."

When fixing a leak, a plumber may often utilize a ________ to catch water drips.

A bucket is a versatile tool that has many uses, including storing tools and catching water drips from a leak. These are also fairly cheap to buy.

A _____ ______ is used to polish rough edges on a surface.

When a plumber cuts a pipe (or another type of object), they might use a deburrer or a file set to smooth away rough edges. File sets come in various sizes and lengths as well.

This piece of plumbing equipment is used to smooth rough edges from a surface.

After a plumber cuts through a pipe, they might often use a pipe deburrer to smooth away sharp and rough edges. This is not only for safety, but for aesthetics as well.

This type of plumbing tool is used to adjust ahex grub screws. Can you name it?

Allen keys are used to adjust ahex grub screws within various types of shower heads. These also come in various sizes and lengths.

This tool is used for adjusting nuts in toilets and basins. Can you identify it?

When plumbers need to adjust various nuts in toilets and basins, they'll often reach for a telescoping basin wrench. These handy tools are also shaped like a long "T" pole.

This handy tool is used for "hitting" nails into a surface.

Easy to use and affordable, a hammer is an essential tool for any plumber. Hammers have a flat end for hitting nails into a surface, and a claw-like end for removing nails.

This tool is used to clean pipes. Can you name it?

Pipe cleaning brushes can clean both the exterior and interior of a pipe. A clean pipe is essential for an adequate soldering job.

Bolts can be easily adjusted by using a/an...

Adjustable spanners are used to adjust a variety of bolts in various sizes. In fact, these types of spanners can also be adjusted by "turning" the jaws to fit the size of the bolt or nut.

"Locking pliers" are also known as...

Rounded nuts are no match for mole grips, which feature powerful jaws. A plumber can also work hands-free with this tool since it "locks" in place on almost any surface.

Pipes and screws can be cut by using a...?

A hacksaw is ideal for cutting almost any type of object. Its sharp blade is attached to two ends with strong grips for hand safety.

A ______ _______ can be attached magnetically to almost any kind of surface.

A magnetic level can be attached magnetically to almost any surface to "level" it. This also allows the plumber to work hands-free.

A _____ _______ features a short neck with a strong grip that is used to adjust a variety of screws.

A stubby screwdriver features a short neck and a large, strong grip. These are best used in small spaces.

A plumber can easily drill holes and screws into surfaces by using a...

A cordless combi drill is used to drill in a variety of screws into various work surfaces. These are also rechargeable and easy to use.

This type of saw is shaped like a pizza cutter. Can you name it?

An angle grinder looks like a pizza cutter, but spins rapidly to cut through a variety of objects and surfaces. A variety of discs can also be swapped depending on the job at hand.

Valve stems can be adjusted by using a...

A socket wrench is used to adjust valve stems, and may come with various attachments. These are also great for adjusting nuts and bolts.

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