HOMEMADE TOOLS, and best tricks

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Michael Young, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Michael Young

    Michael Young Active Member

    Sep 20, 2016
    North Carolina
    Guys, if you've been doing this for very long at all, you've probably had to manufacture tools to get some of your jobs done. Any clever ideas you care to share?

    I'll go first
    super-long drill bit. I had to drill through almost 5-feet of block. So I bought a brand new bit and took it to the welding shop. They welded on an extra long shaft for me. So I have a drill bit that's about 6 feet long :) I later used the same drill bit to bore a hole through the soil where we were running a water line :)
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    Six feet? That's awesome. I carry a ship auger for drilling past multiple studs It's more like 17" long.
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  4. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered In the Trades

    Jun 15, 2014
    self-employed plumber-electrician doing residentia
    I use a 10" crescent wrench to install and remove expansion tanks. The jaws are thin enough to fit between the tank and the female threaded fitting. Ran into one that wouldn't break loose, so I hammered a 16" piece of 3/4 copper tube onto the handle for leverage. It was supposed to be temporary, but that was two years ago and it's still on there. Turned out to be useful for a lot of things.
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