The Plumbing Tools Identification Quiz

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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The Plumbing Tools Identification Quiz
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About This Quiz

It's good to the last drop! Take a break and flush all your cares away with this awesome plumbing tools quiz!

Plumbing as a profession has been around for millennia. Over that time, plumbing tools have evolved to suit innovation and developments in plumbing material, as well as building design. Some plumbing tools are the same as those used by other tradesmen and as such, they are fairly easy for most of us to identify. Other tools used by plumbers are ones most homeowners are familiar with from doing their own repair projects around the house.

There are some highly specialized tools, however, which it will take a skilled plumber or do-it-yourselfer to recognize. A few are used every day by some plumbers, while there are those which only get called into action for specific jobs - when no other tool will do. It's a good thing plumbers know what they are and exactly how to use them!

Plumbers provide a very valuable service and they have some pretty amazing tools to help them do it. Are you a member of this noble profession or a DIY weekend warrior? Come show your stuff and prove you know the tools of the trade. Take the quiz!

Pipe Cutter Can you identify this severing tool?
pipe cutters
The pipe cutter does the same job as a hacksaw – it cuts pipes and tubes. They tend, however, to do the job quicker and leave a cleaner cut.
caulking gun
slip joint pliers
pipe bending spring

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sink plunger Which tool used to clear blockages is shown here?
hacksaw
faucet handle puller
sink plunger
It is easy to tell the difference between a sink plunger and a toilet plunger – just look at the cups. The sink plunger’s cup is a simple rubber hemisphere while the cup of the toilet plunger has an extension flange below the rubber hemisphere.
utility knife

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Needle nose pliers Can you name this tool for gripping and bending wire?
gasket cutter
heavy duty work gloves
circular saw
needle-nose pliers
Just as their name suggests, the needle-nose pliers have long, narrow jaws which taper toward the end. The jaws are made straight, curved or angled so that the needle-nose pliers can perform a variety of jobs in different spaces.

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Adjustable wrench Do you know the name of this common tool?
flat file
safety goggles
adjustable wrench
The adjustable wrench or crescent wrench is made with one fixed jaw and one moveable jaw. They can be adjusted to fit a range of nuts, bolts and pipes of different sizes. Some adjustable wrenches are self-adjusting.
locking pliers

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sink plug Which item used as a basin stopper is shown here?
claw hammer
sink plug
There are two types of sink plugs. The older version (sometimes called a chain plug) is made of rubber and held by a chain which is attached to the sink. The newer version is the pop-up plug which is incorporated into the design of the drain and is operated by a lever assembly.
crowbar
drain snake

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Flashlight Which illumination device is shown in this photo?
PO wrench
telescopic basin wrench
basin wrench
flashlight
Plumbers often work in tight, dark spaces with the need for a light source in order to get their work done. A conventional flashlight can be very useful but cumbersome to hold and direct where the light is needed. In these cases, a headlamp may prove to be a better choice.

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Sabre Saw Do you know the name of this powered cutter?
blowtorch
sabre saw
The sabre saw is sometimes called a jigsaw, with some people making a distinction between the names based on the size of the tool. This powered cutting tool can slice through many different types of materials, including metal, plastic and wood.
angle grinder
pipe extractor

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slip joint pliers What is the name of the gripping and bending tool shown here?
slip joint pliers
Slip joint pliers are made with a pivot which allows you to adjust how much the jaws open. Some slip joint pliers will only adjust to two positions, but there are others which will open to three or more positions.
hex keys
pipe cutters
screw driver

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thread sealing tape What item used for creating a watertight fit is shown here?
trowel
thread sealing tape
Plumbers usually reach for thread sealing tape when there is no built-in rubber seal, but a watertight seal is required. The scientific name for thread sealing tape is polytetrafluoroethylene, which is often shortened to PTFE. Thread sealing tape is also sometimes called Teflon tape or plumber’s tape.
level
tape measure

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drain snake Can you identify the coiled tool shown here?
hex keys
needle-nose pliers
soil pipe cutter
drain snake
A drain snake is the tool to reach for when a clogged basin or toilet drain cannot be cleared by a plunger. The drain snake is a type of auger, and while many are manual, some are motorized and others can be fitted to a drill for turning power.

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Caulking Gun What is the name of this tool used for sealing holes?
telescopic basin wrench
caulking gun
Caulking can be made from several different materials, but two of the most common ones are silicone and latex. Caulking guns are designed to work equally well with a variety of caulking.
pipe bending spring
wire strippers

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Claw Hammer Do you know what this common tool is called?
claw hammer
A claw hammer serves two basic functions – one side of its head is used for driving in nails and the other for pulling them out. Claw hammers typically have a curved claw but those with a straight claw are called rip claw hammers. Large, heavy claw hammers are called framing hammers.
tape measure
utility knife
toilet plunger

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heavy duty work gloves Can you identify the safety gear shown in this image?
screw driver
tape measure
heavy duty work gloves
Plumbers work with sharp, potentially dangerous tools and sometimes with caustic chemicals. For this reason, protective gear such as heavy duty gloves made of nitrile, are essential.
circular saw

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Small blowtorch Which handy heat source is shown here?
faucet handle puller
blowtorch
Plumbers often use a blowtorch when they need to solder pipes. The blowtorch comes in handy in many other ways, however, as it can also be used to help free stuck nuts and bolts or to melt water frozen in pipes.
flat file
pipe extractor

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PO wrench What is the name of this handy plumbing tool?
gasket cutter
flashlight
PO plug wrench
The PO plug wrench is used both to install and remove pop up or pop out plugs in a basin or tub. Each arm is designed to work best with a specific drain type.
PEX crimpers

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Hacksaw Do you know what this cutting tool is called?
adjustable wrench
locking pliers
safety goggles
hacksaw
Hacksaws are very useful for cutting through pipes made of different types of material, including plastic and metal. The blades used in the hacksaw differ in terms of the number of teeth per inch (TPI) from 14 TPI for thicker materials to 32 TPI for thinner material.

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Telescopic Basin Wrench Can you name this tool used to tighten and loosen fasteners?
basin wrench
A basin wrench is indispensable when it comes to reaching the nuts and bolts on the underside of a sink or in other hard-to-reach or recessed areas. For this reason, it is often the only tool which can help to loosen and remove a faucet from a basin.
trowel
sabre saw
sink plunger

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Plunger Do you know what this clog-clearing tool is called?
sink plug
handsaw
level
toilet plunger
While it is sometimes possible to unclog a toilet using a sink plunger, the toilet plunger is specifically designed for the job. It works well on stubborn clogs because its extension flange below the cup helps to create a better seal around the toilet drain than a sink plunger can.

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Utility Knife Which cutting tool is shown in this picture?
thread sealing tape
angle grinder
pipe cutters
utility knife
Utility knives are made with a fixed blade, folding blade or sliding blade. The blade is normally very sharp and useful for, among other things, cutting through PEX pipes.

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Level What is this popular home improvement tool called?
level
The spirit level or bubble level is used to determine if a line or surface is straight, whether horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The liquid used in a level is typically ethanol.
pipe extractor
hacksaw
drain snake

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Safety Goggles Do you know what these protective items are called?
blowtorch
wire strippers
screw driver
safety goggles
Eye protection comes in many forms, each providing varying degrees of protection from eye injury due to: sharp implements; dust and shards; as well as dangerous chemicals. Apart from safety goggles, there are also safety spectacles, hoods and face shields.

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Allen Keys What is one name by which these specialized screwdrivers are known?
claw hammer
hex keys
The hex key is also called an Allen key or an Allen wrench but it operates very much like a screwdriver. In fact, there are some screwdrivers with hex-shaped points for use with screws whose heads have hex slots in them.
trowel
stopcock key

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Gasket Cutter Which popular plumbing tool is shown in this picture?
heavy duty work gloves
flashlight
crowbar
gasket cutter
Gaskets create a seal between two surfaces and can be made from a variety of materials, including rubber, metal, paper, cork and fiberglass. A gasket cutter is usually made to cut a specific type of material – either metal or non-metal.

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Flat File Can you name this handy plumbing tool?
slip joint pliers
flat file
Single cut flat files have rows of parallel teeth, whereas double cut flat files have a second set of teeth crisscrossing the first. Double cut flat files are useful when you are shaping a piece of material and you need to remove a good bit of it with each stroke.
soil pipe cutter
inspection camera

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Angle Grinder Do you recognize this polishing power tool?
angle grinder
Angle grinders are small, handy power tools used for cutting, grinding and polishing various types of material. Attachments for the angle grinder, include sanding discs, polishing pads, diamond blades, grinding wheels and wire brushes.
drain snake
circular saw
tin snips

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immersion heater wrench Can you identify this tool used on hot water cylinders?
caulking gun
thread sealing tape
immersion heater wrench
Immersion heater wrenches are used to tighten or loosen an immersion heater element on a hot water cylinder. They come in three types: cranked, ring and box.
PEX crimpers

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digital inspection camera Which tool for looking into pipes and drains is shown here?
stopcock key
PO wrench
inspection camera
The inspection camera is fitted with a camera snake which varies in length, with some models offering snakes over 100 feet long. The camera allows the user to see inside holes, crannies and deep inside pipes or drains to locate blockages without the need to dig up or demolish existing infrastructure.
sabre saw

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Locking Pliers What is the name of this versatile tool?
safety goggles
locking pliers
When nuts and bolts have become rounded and difficult to remove, then most plumbers might reach for a pair of locking pliers. They are very important to have when a job requires you to hold a work piece in place while still having both hands free. Locking pliers are sometimes called mole grips or vise grips.
adjustable wrench
toilet plunger

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Crowbar Can you identify this prying tool?
crowbar
Most people use a crowbar as a lever to pry things apart. Since the crowbar is usually made with at least one split end, it is also very useful for removing nails.
hacksaw
faucet handle puller
gasket cutter

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PEX Crimpers Do you know the name of this specialized tool?
soil pipe cutter
needle-nose pliers
claw hammer
PEX crimpers
PEX crimpers are used to ensure there is a watertight seal when crimp rings are used on PEX pipes. The tool is used for this purpose only and so, while professional plumbers might have their own, homeowners doing DIY projects might prefer to rent one.

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pipe extractors Can you name this tool used to remove broken ends?
flat file
pipe extractors
Pipe extractors are used to remove the end of a pipe which has broken off inside another pipe. They can get the job done whether the broken piece is threaded or unthreaded. Using a pipe extractor means there is no need to cut or rethread the intact pipe as it is left undamaged by the process.
sink plug
sabre saw

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Pipe Bending Spring Which helpful plumbing tool is shown in this image?
sink plunger
heavy duty work gloves
crowbar
pipe bending spring
A pipe bending spring is not used to bend a pipe. Its function is to prevent the pipe from creasing or deforming while it is being bent. Pipe bending springs can be either internal or external, depending on the type of pipe to be bent.

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Screwdriver What is the name of this common tool?
pipe cutter
toilet plunger
screwdriver
Screwdrivers vary in many ways, including the length of the shaft, the design of the tip and whether the tool is manual or electric. Two very handy screwdrivers for getting at hard-to-reach screws are a stubby screwdriver and a long Phillips head screwdriver.
wire strippers

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faucet handle puller What is the name of this vital plumbing tool?
tin snips
PO wrench
thread sealing tape
faucet handle puller
A faucet handle puller is an essential tool for a plumber to have when attempting to free a faucet handle which has corroded and become fused in the valve stem. The faucet handle puller can lift the seized handle off without damaging its finish.

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Circular Saw Which power cutting tool is this?
caulking gun
circular saw
Circular saws do more than just cut through wood. By interchanging blades, the plumber can use a circular saw to cut metal, plastic and masonry.
immersion heater wrench
PEX crimpers

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Wire Strippers Can you name the handy plumbing tool shown here?
basin wrench
adjustable wrench
angle grinder
wire strippers
Wire strippers may be either manual or automatic, but they serve the same function – to remove the insulation from around electrical pipes. Care should be taken when using automatic wire strippers, however, as they can break thin wires.

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Trowel Do you know what this tool is called?
blowtorch
sink plug
tin snips
trowel
A trowel is a very useful tool when a job calls for shallow digging. There are many types of trowels to choose from –, triangular, rounded or rectangular, as well as flat or scooped like a spoon.

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Tin Snips Which tool for cutting metal sheets is shown here?
flashlight
level
tin snips
Tin snips are designed for cutting sheet metal. There is also another type of snips called double cut snips whose blades are set at an angle to the handle, and which are meant to be used as pipe and duct cutters.
pipe bending spring

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stopcock key What is the name of this cutting tool?
stopcock key
A stopcock key is used to turn a water main on or off. Its design makes it easy for the plumber to reach the water main stopcock, which is usually located in hard-to-reach places.
needle-nose pliers
locking pliers
utility knife

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Soil Pipe Cutter Do you know what this helpful plumbing tool is called?
sink plunger
slip joint pliers
soil pipe cutter
The soil pipe cutter isn’t the only type of pipe cutter. There are also cutters for PVC, copper and steel. The chain of the soil pipe cutter is wrapped around the pipe to be cut, and when pressure is applied, the chain snaps the pipe in two.
hex keys

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