There are not many people who are very fond of paying someone to do a job that they can figure out how to do on their own. This is often the case with home plumbing issues, and it’s vital to get it right, or the effects can end up costing significantly more than the original project. Considering all the factors that go into the job, using the right tools, and executing ample amounts of patience can make all the difference between an outcome of proudly feeling accomplished of your work, and having to call a professional clean-up crew by the end, in addition to calling the plumber you didn’t want to call in the beginning.
What should I think about before I start?
- Where is the main shut-off valve in my home?
Whatever project you are taking on in your house, chances are you are going to have to shut off the main source at some point, whether it’s water, gas, or electric. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these main valves right away, before you are even thinking about doing any projects, so that you can get to them and shut them off quickly if there is an emergency.
- How well do I know my home?
Before you pick up a wrench or start tearing things apart, you need to get to know the system with which you are working. For example, there are several different types of vents and drains that are used for sinks, and you need to know which ones will fit best, and where, for your setup and purposes. Familiarize yourself with the layout and regulations that apply to it.
- What tools do I need to use for the job?
One of the most significant aspects of the job is the actual equipment that gets the job done. For instance, if you are using double wire hose clamps, be sure you are measuring correctly, on both the pipe or hose and the clamps. The outside diameter of the item needing the clamp should be in the range between the minimum and maximum of the double wire hose clamps that you use. Hose clamps, made to apply pressure evenly all around without gaps for leaks, are a good example of a tool that comes in several different forms, including worm gear, spring, and double wire hose clamps, all designed in a vast collection of materials and sizes, so it is important to pay attention to what you need.
Whatever the plumbing project, if you keep these things in mind, you’ll be on your way to that satisfyingly accomplished feeling in no time!