Is This a Plumbing Tool or a Construction Tool?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The worlds of plumbing and construction may seem a little different from each other, but without a doubt, there are similarities. And in some cases, they use many of the same tools. So for that reason, this quiz might prove a little more difficult than you might have expected.

The world of plumbing certainly has many and varied jobs or scenarios. It's not just all about putting the perfect bathroom together, ensuring that the water pressure for that beautiful shower is spot on or that all the fixtures and fittings make a bathroom fit for royalty. No, in fact, it can get a little dark and dingy. Sure, plumbers love the jobs linked to construction, but their bread and butter is those blocked drains that need to be fixed or those leaky pipes that need to be located.

Now, construction workers might not have those problems, but working on a construction site is dirty work as well, and hard toil in most cases. Each of these professions have many specialized tools that they need to use each day, but they also have some that overlap. Have we included those in the quiz? Well, you'll just have to see!

But enough about that, let's see if you know your plumbing and construction tools!

This tool is used for cutting pipes. Would it be used in plumbing or construction?

No self-respecting plumber would be found without pipe cutters. This handy little tool effortlessly cuts piping and let's be honest, that's what a plumber works with on a daily basis. And they're quicker than using a hacksaw.


For churning cement, you would use this interesting-looking contraption. Would you find it in a plumbers van or on a construction site?

Many forms of construction require cement, plenty of it. And there is nothing worse than to have to manually produce it. That just takes workers away from other jobs. That's why a cement or concrete mixer is a must on a construction site.


An adjustable pipe wrench would benefit who more? A construction worker or a plumber?

Adjustable pipe wrenches are often the first tool people think of when asked to name a tool a plumber uses. This can be used to fit any connection, thanks to the fact that it can easily be adjusted. Plumbers don't leave home without them.


Used mainly when working on wood, would a plumber need this tool? Or perhaps it fits in the domain of construction better? Tell us, please!

Construction isn't only about large massive machines. There is fine work as well. The construction of a wooden home is going to need a range of tools. A chisel for instance, can be used for fine woodwork which often will be undertaken to apply finishing touches.


This tape is a must for which of these, plumbers or construction workers?

Teflon tape can be used on faucets and other connections and helps to ensure that they remain leak-proof by helping to form a very tight connection. Every plumber will have this in his toolbox.


Would you say this spray is used in plumbing? Or would it favor construction?

What a brilliant invention pipe freeze spray is! It allows a plumber to work on a set of pipes while still connected to the water mains. It does this by freezing them and as well as any water in them. Now that is clever!


Need to start digging in rocky ground? Use this! Who would use it more, a plumber or construction worker?

A digging bar has a sharpened point for, yes, you guessed it, digging! Before workers try to attempt to dig up an area with spades, especially a section where stones and rocks are present, they may use a digging bar to make a start.


Where do you think this weird chain device would be used more - in plumbing or construction?

The weirdly named chain lewis is used to lift large rocks and heavy stones. It is useful when stones need to be moved to lay a foundation, for instance.


Would a plumber or construction worker make use of this tool, which looks like a set of pliers but isn't?

Mole grips are often mistaken for pliers. These useful tools can be used gripping and holding something and should form part of a plumber's toolbox.


Used on certain types of heaters, is this from the construction or plumbing world?

An immersion heater wrench is used to fit or take out elements from immersion heaters. I suppose that is how it got its name!


We've all seen one of these before! Do you think it would be used more in plumbing or construction?

Construction involves digging, and to dig you going to need a good shovel. There are a range to choose from including square shovels, rabbiting shovels and others.


Pictured here we have a type of bending tool. Would it be used by a plumber or construction worker?

When working with copper pipes, a plumber will need to bend them at some point. This is where a pipe bender proves to be most useful. It can bend both 15mm and 22mm piping.


Would a plumber or construction worker use this tool, which smooths out wet concrete?

A float is usually made of wood and is used to level wet concrete. Unlike a screed or bump cutter, it is much smaller. Nevertheless, in an experienced worker's hands, large areas of concrete can be smoothed with a float.


Would this water pressure test tool be used by plumbers or construction workers?

To check the pressure in a plumbing system or just certain pipes, a plumber would need a pressure tester. Any good plumber would not be without one.


This interesting tool cuts bricks. Would you see it on a plumbing job or at a construction site?

A brick bolster chisel would be used on a construction site to cut through concrete, bricks and cement. It can also be used to cut out grooves for electrical wiring as well, for example.


Old rusty faucet handles are no match for this puller! Is it a plumbing or construction tool?

A faucet handle puller does just that, pulls faucet handles. This is particularly useful when a plumber comes across old basins with corroded faucets.


Need to cut wood? This is a useful tool to have. Would it be more suited to a plumber or a construction worker?

A circular saw is going to be very useful on a construction site where lots of lumber needs to be cut. They come in various sizes, so choose the correct one for the size wood that needs cutting.


Would a plumber or construction worker have this tool, which is good for clearing blockages?

What would a plumber be without a plunger? Rest assured, when called out on a blocked drain job, the first tool he will try to unblock it with is the good old plunger! And why not? It works pretty much all of the time unless the blockage is very serious.


Need to cut something? Well, then this is a good tool to have. Is it more of a plumbing or construction tool?

A range of saws might be needed on a construction site, but a coping saw can be used in a number of different scenarios. Put it this way, if a construction worker doesn't have access to one, they are going to moan pretty soon!


Can you tell us if this piece of equipment would be used in the world of plumbing or construction?

Moving cement or concrete around a construction site would be impossible without a wheelbarrow. I guarantee you will never see a construction site without one.


Would this special key be used in plumbing? Or would it favor construction?

Radiators need keys to open them. In a cold climate where radiators feature during winter, plumbers should carry a universal radiator key. This allows it to be opened and lets any unwanted air out of the unit.


Would a plumber or construction worker use this gun which can lay down silicone?

Silicone guns are a must for a plumber. They are the easiest way to apply caulking or silicone to seal up an area that will receive water, for instance a shower.


This tool cuts thick floor tiles. Is it a plumbing tool or construction tool?

Tilers form part of construction tools. And when laying tiles, they all don't just fit into place. Take a corner for example, tiles have to be cut to fit properly. And that's where a floor tile cutter comes in!


Are you able to tell us if the tool shown here is used by plumbers or construction workers?

Need to drain fluid from a pipe without making a mess? You need a bucket!


This wrench allows someone to work in confined spaces. Is it a plumbing or construction tool?

This wrench, called a sink or basin wrench, allows a plumber to work in confined spaces, as sinks are normally in tight spaces. It can easily loosen or tighten undersink fittings.


Who is likely to use this special fastener more? A plumber or a construction worker?

Many plumbing fixtures, for examples faucets, are fasted with Allen fasteners. And to tighten and loosen them, a plumber would need a good set of Allen keys.


A real 'leveler' so to say, is this a plumbing or construction tool?

Need to level wet concrete? Well, look no further than a bump cutter. Its long, flat blade makes short work of the job at hand. It is sometimes also called a screed.


A tool for a plumber or a construction worker? You decide!

Pipe snakes, sometimes called drain augers, are used to unblock sewage pipes. They can be pushed through piping to dislodge a stubborn blockage.


Rough wood can be smoothed with this machine. Is it a plumbing tool or more of a tool used in construction?

A pad sander is a great way to sand down large pieces of wood that might need to be finished off and smoothed over, for example. You will always find a carpenter on a construction site with one of these in his toolkit.


A hammer which can cut bricks. Is it a plumbing tool or more suited to a construction site?

A brick hammer is a cheap way to cut bricks. You will often find them on construction sites. They can also be used to tap bricks back into place when they have come out of alignment.


For leaky metal pipes, would a plumber or construction worker turn to this tool?

Plumbers solder often. For this reason, it makes sense to keep a solder pad in your toolkit. This fire-resistant cloth will keep other surfaces from being damaged while you solder pipes up.


Do you think the tool pictured here - which cuts about anything - would be used more by a plumber or construction worker?

Angle grinders are great tools to have when you need to cut through something. They can cut concrete and even rebar. Buy a range of attachments and an angle grinder can do many other jobs too.


From the image, can you tell if this tool would be used by plumbers or construction workers?

Cheese! Well, not quite. An inspection camera can be sent down the sewer pipes to see just what might be causing a very stubborn blockage. It's a useful tool to have, and can save a lot of digging.


In your opinion, would this 'bright' tool best serve on a plumbing or construction job?

In plumbing, you are going to go into dark and dingy areas. There is not much light here, so a flashlight is your friend. Better yet, an LED light that you can attach to your head will free up a hand! Perfect for when the rats come! Just kidding!


This opens and closes water mains. Is it a plumbing or construction tool?

To open or close a stopcock, plumbers use a special stopcock key. This will turn off the water supply to a premises.


Would this tool that drives nails into wood be seen on a construction site or in a plumber's toolkit?

Ah, the nail gun! A useful tool to have on a construction site, especially when working with wood. It quickly can bind two pieces of wood together without any fuss.


Can you tell us if this measuring device would be used in the world of plumbing or construction mainly?

On a construction site, someone is always measuring up something. Be it wooden beams, doorways, concrete structures or whatever you can think of, measuring is an important part of a construction workers day. And what better way to be accurate than with a metal tape measure.


Would this simple tool, which helps to lay straight brick walls, be a plumbing or construction tool?

Corner blocks with a line of string between them provide a guide for bricklayers to build straight walls. Straight walls are a GOOD thing.


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