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From my understanding, besides the pipes, I would need the following:

Screwdrivers

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Pipe Cutter

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Pipe Wrench

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Piler

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Nut Driver

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So, are there other DIY Tools that are missing from my above list that is very critical for my plumbing works and repair?

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You should describe what type of plumbing you have. Is it copper, PEX, CPVC, or something else? –  BMitch Oct 1 '12 at 2:46
    
@BMitch The plumbing would include CPVC and sometime metal such as copper. –  Jack Oct 1 '12 at 4:42
    
Tubung cutter,water pump/slip joint pliers, basin wrench –  mikes Oct 1 '12 at 10:27
    
That 'pipe cutter' is a PEX cutter. So more of a 'tube' cutter. It won't cut copper. –  DA01 Oct 1 '12 at 15:38
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Wrenches

Pipe Wrench

Pipe Wrench

You'll want at least 2 of these, of different sizes.

Tongue-and-groove pliers

Tongue-and-groove pliers

These come in handy all the time, have a few pair at the ready at all times.

Strap/Chain Wrench

Strap Wrench Chain Wrench Sometimes you just need to get a good grip on a pipe, nothing beats a strap/chain wrench fo this.

Basin Wrench

Basin Wrench

For those hard to reach places.

Adjustable Spanner

Adjustable Spanner

A few adjustable wrenches of various sizes always come in handy.


Tape Measure

Tape Measure

You're going to have to measure something, eventually.


Pipe cutters

Copper pipe cutter

Pipe Cutter

Pex/Plastic tubing cutter

Pipe Cutter

Hacksaw

Hacksaw


Pipe reamer

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You can get ones that do both inside and outside reaming in a single tool. You'l also want a bit of sandpaper.


Pipe Cleaner

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Used to clean up the ends of copper pipe before soldering.


Taps and Dies

Dies

You might find yourself in a situation where you have to thread some pipe yourself. For this you'll need some Dies, and possiply taps.


Torch

Torch

Working with copper is likely going to require some soldering, so you'll need a good torch. DIYers usually grab propane, or butane torches. If you've got the extra cash and you'll be doing a bunch of soldering, MAPP torches are what the pros use.


Hammer

Hammer

Do enough plumbing, and you're going to want to pound something into submission at some point.


Putty knives

Putty Knife

You'll need this to scrape gunk off of stuff.


Auger

Auger

A great tool for clearing gunked up drains. Either manual or powered, the choice is yours.


Glues, Puttys, and other gunk

PVC primer and cement

Primer and cement

You'll need this if you're doing any work with PVC.

Dope and PTFE tape

Dope PTFE Tape

If you find yourself working with threaded connections, you'll want to have some pipe dope and PTFE tape.

Solder and Flux

Solder Flux

When working with copper, you'll probably have to sweat some joints.

Penetrating oil

Penetrating oil

Great for those really stuck joints.

Plumbers putty

Plumbers putty

You'll need this if you're installing sinks, and/or faucets.


Buckets

Bucket

You'll always want to have a couple buckets of various sizes on hand.


A Box

Box

The more jobs you do, the more left over fittings and other bits & bobs you'll have. The longer you do plumbing work, the larger the box will have to be.


Gloves

Leathers

Leather Gloves

You'll want a good pair of leather gloves, for when you're soldering and doing other knuckle busting types of work.

Rubbers

Rubber Gloves

You'll also want some rubber gloves, for when you've got to touch stuff you'd rather not touch.


Plumbers Crack

Plumbers crack

You can't call yourself a plumber, unless your crack is hanging out. It's also great for warding off people who have "just a quick question", or want to offer "advice".

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MAPP is critical if you are going to solder brass fittings such as faucets. Propane doesn't seem to get hot enough to make a good solder. (Although it works great on pipe - pipe joins) –  Chris Cudmore Oct 1 '12 at 17:12
    
I've come to realize that trying to work with propane is a lost cause - even the slightest bit of water causes a problem with propane where MAPP just boils it away almost instantly. Save yourself the headaches and spend the extra few bucks to buy a MAPP torch –  Steven Oct 1 '12 at 18:42
    
Outstanding answer with picture and descriptions. Clap Clap Clap. –  Jack Oct 3 '12 at 1:17
    
Also crimping tools for pex crimp connectors. –  Grant Oct 12 '12 at 11:51
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At least two buckets, plus a drip pan (like a kitty litter pan).

Theres some humour in my answer, but you're dealing with water! Something to catch drips, move water, and keep water contained while you work is important!

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It depends on the scale of the project, but I'm a huge fan of SharkBite plumbing connectors:

http://www.sharkbite.com/usa/?gclid=CL7bvK-T4LICFal7QgodzGEADA

They work with Copper and PEX (not sure about PVC, though) and basically turn plumbing into a game of Tinker Toys. Cut, debur, pop them together.

The time savings for most DIY projects make the expense of these connectors worth it to me.

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I keep flipping my downvote to an upvote. These are a good product, but its like plumbing 201 not plumbing 101 which I think the OP is asking for. –  Freiheit Oct 1 '12 at 15:46
    
Definitely an upvote if you have PEX in the house. –  Freiheit Oct 1 '12 at 15:46
    
@Freiheit I kinda agree. I've never actually sweated joints. I had big ambitions to buy a torch and finally get around to learning it, but when I had to do some PEX retrofitting work, I became immediately sold on SharkBites. One of those rare new products that I truly get excited about. I had a plumber come in and spend 2 hours sweating copper on my furnace. And he forgot to add the shut off valve. Went to Home Depot, bought a sharkbite shut off, cut, cut, debur, snap--and I had it added in about 5 minutes. –  DA01 Oct 1 '12 at 15:50
    
I like the video @ sharkbite.com –  Jack Oct 3 '12 at 1:18
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For the average homeowner I would also recommend:

  • a basin wrench. Single-use tool, but when you need one, you really need one.
  • A non-marking wrench (or a facecloth to wrap around the wrench jaws) is also very useful for tightening shiny fixtures.
  • Oh, and you need TWO wrenches, a big one and a bigger one, to hold back when you apply torque.
  • pipe dope
  • teflon tape
  • plumber's putty.

If you're doing soldering then you need a rotary cutter or two, a torch, solder, flux, etc. I hope you are not doing soldering as DIY as it's too easy to burn your house down and STILL get a bad join if you don't know what you're doing.

If you're doing PEX, you need PEX tools. PVC, you need a reamer and PVC cement and a felt tip pen.

A hole saw is also often required, and a Sawzall really helps if you have to pull out old plumbing.

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