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Module 5: Plumbing Tools

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Plumbing Tools
Plumbing, like any other skilled profession, has its own tools. It is important to be familiar with the wide range of hand and power tools that are specific to plumbing, as well as the many other general-use tools necessary in the plumbing profession.

Besides being familiar with the tools of the trade, it is also essential that a plumber knows how to:

• Use tools properly

• Select the proper tools for the task

• Prepare surfaces for tools use

• Practice all the applicable safety and maintenance rules

Your tools are your livelihood; they are an investment in your future as surely as your training is.

As you launch your plumbing career, you will begin to acquire the tools of your profession, such as instruments for measuring and layout, leveling, cutting, drilling and boring, and soldering.

Your toolbox will also include tools most construction professionals use: wrenches, pliers, hammers, screwdrivers, and vises.

Caring for Your Tools
Because tools are the instruments of your profession, you should respect them. Well-maintained tools will last longer. Attention to maintenance will save you money because you will not have to replace tools as frequently.

There is a saying: “Craft workers are only as good as their tools.” That saying holds as true for the plumbing profession as it does for any other construction-related craft.

Tools allow you to perform your job. All the knowledge, training, and skills you acquire will mean little if you cannot do your job because you do not have the right tools. As a plumbing professional, you are responsible for selecting and maintaining your tools.

Using Tools Safely
Safe work habits are important to all workers. Plumbing professionals must know how to use tools safely.

Apprenticeship training teaches you the proper use of tools needed to do your job.

Developing safe work habits is more than just knowing specific dos and don’ts. You should develop an attitude wherein safety is always the foremost consideration.

As a plumber, you should follow the same safety precautions in your use of tools as other construction professionals do -- always use the appropriate personal protective equipment for the tools you use.