Do You Know What This Plumbing Equipment Is Used For?

By: Talin Vartanian

Do You Know What This Plumbing Equipment Is Used For?
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About This Quiz

The job of a plumber often involves using tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, saws and reamers for a variety of household jobs. Some of these jobs include creating pipe threads, using a camera to identify a clogged pipe or removing water elements. These types of jobs require specialized tools that are specific to a plumber's needs.

Tools that a plumber typically uses involve closet augers, plungers, pipe saws and tube benders. While costs, shapes and sizes may vary depending on the tool, a skilled plumber will know how to utilize most of these tools and equipment. While some tools may also look the same, most are used for specific purposes. For example, a cartridge puller is used to pull out cartridges from valves, while a handle puller is used to remove faucet handles that are corroded.

While these tools are a no-brainer for a plumber, we want to test your knowledge with this quiz! Don't worry if you get stuck either, as each quiz will provide you with a hint if you need it. So don't be shy, take this quiz now and see how well you do!

Powered pipe cutter This tool can cut through steel pipes. Can you name it?
Pipe extractor
Powered pipe cutter
Powered pipe cutters can slice through just about any type of material, including steel! These also work well with compatible power drive units.
Drain gun
Drain cleaning mitt

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Metal file Name this type of equipment that is used for smoothing out edges.
Channel lock
Hose cutter
Metal file
After pipes are cut, the edges are often sharp and rough, which could be both dangerous and not very aesthetically-pleasing. Metal files help to smooth out these edges.
Drain auger

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Hole saw This tool is used to cut various types of holes in materials, what's the name of it?
Hole saw
Hole saws are great for cutting holes in a variety of materials, including concrete and wood. The saw blades are also round in shape.
Hose cutter
Fire-resistant cloth
Pipe wrench

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Closet auger Name this type of tool that is used to unclog toilets.
Closet auger
If your toilet is clogged, a plumber may use a closet auger to fish out the problem. These are also called "water closets" as a nickname.
Slip-joint pliers
Basin wrench
Tubing cutter

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Pipe wrench What's the name of this piping tool?
Pipe extractor
Fitting cutter
Pipe wrench
Pipe wrenches are used to adjust pipes through loosening or adjusting. The jaws of the wrench can also be shortened or lengthened depending on the size of the pipe.
Cable feeder

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Slip-joint pliers Name this handy plumbing tool from the photo.
Tubing cutter
Pipe freezing spray
Pipe thawing unit
Slip-joint pliers
Slip-joint pliers are great for adjusting nuts and bolts, as well as pumps and pipes. These are very easy to use, and easy to grip for any plumber.

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Tubing cutter Name this sharp plumbing tool.
Guide hose
Propulsion nozzle
Tubing cutter
Tubing cutters do what their name says: they cut through tubes. These cutters are also ideal for a wide variety of materials, including copper, steel and aluminum.
Drop head nozzle

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Basin wrench Name this essential plumbing tool.
Drain cleaner hose
Pipe extractor
Basin wrench
Basin wrenches are great for tightening or loosening fasteners that are in hard-to-reach places. These also feature a long reach and a rounded jaw.
Coupling pin key

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Hand auger This type of equipment is also called a snake. What is the name of it?
Compression sleeve puller
Hand auger
"Snakes" or hand augers, are used to unclog sink and bathtub drains. They also won't damage the surface of the drain during the unclogging process.
Wrench
Hole saw

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Propane torch This popular plumbing tool is used to solder pipes together. Can you name it?
Clutch jaw
Pipe freezing spray
Switch pack drum
Propane torch
Propane torches are used to solder pipes together through a fine flame. For extra precaution, a plumber may also use a fire-resistant cloth in conjunction with a propane torch.

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Compression sleeve puller Name this plumbing tool that can easily pull faucet handles.
Plunger
Adjustable wrench
Inspection camera
Compression sleeve puller
Compression sleeve pullers are great for fixing faucets, as they help to detach faucet handles from valve stems. They're also used to pull compression nuts from stubborn tubes.

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Hack saw What's the name of this sharp plumbing tool?
Hack saw
Hack saws are used for hacking away at a variety of heavy-duty materials. Some of these includes plastic, metal and wood.
Conduit screwdriver
Outer reamer
Battery charger

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Adjustable wrench Name this tool that is used for adjusting nuts and bolts.
Pipe fitting reamer
Adjustable wrench
Adjustable wrenches are great for tightening or loosening a variety of nuts and bolts. The jaws of this tool can also be adjusted depending on the size of the bolt.
Camera head dome
Closet auger

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Plunger Name this type of equipment that is common in almost every household.
Flaring tool set
Plunger
Plungers are a common household tool that is used to unclog almost any type of toilet. They're also cheap and very easy to use.
Tubing reamer
Swaging tool set

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Rib-joint pliers This handy tool can adjust almost any type of bolt or nut. Can you name it?
Tape measure
Hack saw
Hose cutter
Rib-joint pliers
Rib-joint pliers are easy to grip and are great for adjusting almost any kind of bolt. These may also be used for various types of pipes and fittings.

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Channel locks Name this type of plumbing equipment.
V-head pipe stand
Air flaring tool
Channel locks
Also known as groove pliers, channel locks are used to stabilize and unscrew pipes. Many plumbers use channel locks instead of pipe wrenches.
Tube expander

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V-head pipe stand This type of tool is used to support pipes, can you name it?
Drain stick
V-head pipe stand
V-head pipe stands are used to support a variety of pipes if a plumber needs to work on them. These stands are typically shaped like a tripod and can be adjusted in height.
Water key
Pipe cutter

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Pipe cleaning brush Name this type of cleaning tool.
Pipe cleaning brush
Pipe cleaning brushes are useful for cleaning dirty tubes and pipes. They're also used to prep a pipe job for soldering.
Drain inspection system
Magnetic level
Magnet locator

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Manual ratchet pipe threaders Can you name this type of plumbing equipment?
Receding geared threaders
Screwdriver
Pipe inspection camera
Manuel ratchet pipe threaders
Manuel ratchet pipe threaders are used for creating pipe threads for installation purposes. These may also be used on plastic or galvanized pipes.

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Pipe fitting savers Can you name this tool which is used to help remove pipes?
Extension cord
Transmitter line
Pipe fitting savers
This handy tool can help to remove pipe threads, as well as cleanly remove glued pipes. These also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
Basin nut wrench

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Receding geared threaders Name this type of plumbing tool that helps to create pipe threads.
Fitting saver kit
Hole saw
Receding geared threaders
Receding geared threaders are used to create large diameter threads for large pipes. This also includes material like black iron and stainless steel.
Hack saw

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Conduit screwdriver What is the name of this essential plumbing tool?
Metal file
Stubby screwdriver
Conduit screwdriver
Used for thin-wall conduits, these screwdrivers can both ream and smooth using hooded blades. Conduit screwdrivers also feature a cushioned grip to alleviate discomfort.
Sink drain wrench

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Internal pipe wrench What's the name of this plumbing tool from the photo?
Jig saw
Junior hack saw
Camera head dome
Internal pipe wrench
These types of wrenches features a hex body that is used for taking out pipe ends and broken pipe threads. These are also often made with steel construction.

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Enclosed-feed tubing cutter This plumbing tool is used to cut tubes. What is the name of it?
Camera cable
Enclosed-feed tubing cutter
Enclosed-feed tubing cutters are ideal for small and tight spaces. They can also cut through aluminum, steel and copper material.
Closet auger
Hand-spin drain cleaner

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Drain cleaner Can you name this plumbing tool from the picture?
Drain cleaner
A drain cleaner can be manually powered for cleaning any type of clogged drain. It can also be attached to a drill for power-operated use. It's also sometimes referred to as a snake.
Dye tracer liquid
Water key
Basket strainer wrench

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Basket strainer wrench Can you name this type of wrench in the photo?
Basket strainer wrench
These are typically made from carbon steel and are used for safely holding the body of a basket strainer in place. These are also lightweight to carry and easy to use.
Basin nut wrench
Tub drain wrench
Adjustable wrench

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Tubing Reamer Guess the name of this plumbing tool.
Pipe wrench
Rib-joint pliers
Tubing reamer
Tubing reamers help to get rid of unwanted pipe and tubing burrs during a plumbing job. These are also used for deburring and countersinking.
Channel lock

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Spiral pipe reamer What's the name of this plumbing tool from the photo?
Spiral pipe reamer
The purpose of a spiral pipe reamer is to countersink plastic and sheet metal holes. These are also used to deburr pipes and tubes.
Drain auger
Blow torch
Fire-resistant cloth

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Basin nut wrench What's the name of this essential plumbing tool?
Tongue plier
Basin nut wrench
Basin nut wrenches are used to tighten, loosen and adjust nuts and bolts of varying sizes. These also feature a pivoted reversible jaw and T-Torque power.
Plunger
Hole saw

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Conduit reamer This tool helps to smooth out conduits. Can you name it?
Tubing cutter
Hole saw
Basin wrench
Conduit reamer
Conduit reamers attach to screwdrivers to help smooth out conduits that are thin in material. It also works with both round and square-shaped screwdrivers.

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Cartridge puller Identify the name of this plumbing tool.
Sleeve puller
Tube bender
Cartridge puller
This tool helps to pry cartridges from shower valves and faucets. It also helps to remove Moen stems.
Pipe shear

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Garbage disposer wrench This tool is ideal for fixing garbage disposers. Can you name it?
Garbage disposer wrench
Jammed garbage disposers are no match for these types of tools. Garbage disposer wrenches help to unclog garbage disposers, while keep plumber's hands at a safe distance.
Socket wrench
Sink wrench
Handle puller

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Tube bender Can you identify this "tube-bending" tool?
Tube bender
Tube benders do exactly what its name says: it bends all kinds of tubes. This includes copper, aluminum and stainless steel.
Pipe saw
Long-nosed pliers
Hand auger

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Pipe saw Name this very sharp plumbing tool.
Screwdriver
Pipe saw
Pipe saws are ideal for cutting through plastic pipes, and are typically lightweight to handle. The handle is also durable and easy to grip.
Crimp ring tool
Extension cord

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Pipe shears Name this tool that can easily cut through pipes.
Faucet seat wrench
Water pump pliers
Pipe shears
Pipe shears feature stainles steel blades that can cut through different kinds of pipes. These also feature precise precision and are easy to grip.
Radiator spud wrench

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Strap wrench What is the name of this wrench in the photo?
Strap wrench
Strap wrenches are great for plumbing jobs that involve tub spouts and water filters. The straps are also self-locking and are adaptable to any surface and shape.
Water heater element wrench
Basin buddy nut wrench
Socket wrench

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Handle puller Name this tool that can easily pull handles.
Pipe threading kit
Cartridge puller
Handle puller
If faucet handles are giving you trouble, a plumber may extract them using a handle puller. The adjustable grip fingers of this tool can also fit on just about any type of handle.
Pipe cutter

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Water heater element wrench Identify the tool in this photo.
Cleanout plug wrench
Water heater element wrench
This type of wrench is best used with a ratchet to get rid of harsh water heater elements. These are also designed with heavy duty construction for long-lasting durability.
Universal stop key
Radiator spud wrench

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Pipe cutter What's the name of this tool that can cut through pipes and tubes?
Pipe cutter
A plumber can cut through just about any type of pipe with a pipe cutter. These are simply attached to the pipe, and are turned to the side to cut the pipe.
Screwdriver
Spanner
Hack saw

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Faucet seat wrench Name this plumbing tool in the photo.
Slip-joint pliers
Propane torch
Soldering pad
Faucet seat wrench
A faucet seat wrench is ideal for getting rid of eroded seats within faucets, showers and hose bibs. These are also fairly inexpensive and come in both square and hexagon shapes.

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