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This might sound silly, but I hate Channel-Lock brand slip joint piers in all standard sizes. The jaws are too shallow.

As a service plumber I preferred Wilde brand slip-joint pliers to Douglas, but both are good.

My favorite tools however were a tiny 6" pair of Wilde and a 4" pair of Channel-Lock Brand slip-joint pliers along with my 4" Nourows brand (long since out of production) adjustable wrench. Those three tools would let me get in really tight spaces and work without being bulky or too wimpy for the job.

What tool in your tool box would you hate to be without, not because you have to go and replace it, but because you feel like your hands are tied behind your back without them? In other words, what is you favorite tool in the tool bag?
 

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12" channel locks, lenox 9 in 1 screwdriver, and craftsman 8" cresent wrench.

I change my early statement. My 2 favorite tools are my k60 and seesnake. I don't use them on a day to day basis but I know I can alway depend on them.
 

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Basin wrench.
Though I agree channel locks are universally the most used plumbing tool, a basin wrench is one of those tools you just can't be a plumber without.
 

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My hands. without them most of my other tools are useless.

Wize cracks aside, I love my Lennox 9 in 1 screwdriver, my Lennox torpedo level and My Lennox hand held torch with auto lite.
 

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Plumb-bob on a gammon reel in my bags for years has been my favorite attention getter when there is a new apprentice/journeyman even another Plumbing Contractor around.You have no idea how many plumbers can get years under their belt in construction and not know how they can improve skill and efficiency with one.
Although laser's are making them,string and snap lines dated.
 

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My hands. without them most of my other tools are useless.

Wize cracks aside, I love my Lennox 9 in 1 screwdriver, my Lennox torpedo level and My Lennox hand held torch with auto lite.
I have to second that.

Just picked one up about 6 months ago.
It won't warp from torque on hex bolts, has 3/8", 5/15" & 1/4" sizes on hex for all no-hubs & zip screws.

I got so sick and tired of grabbing whatever was on the counter at the supplies every time the damned things start slipping on hex heads from warping.
 

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Plumb-bob on a gammon reel in my bags for years has been my favorite attention getter when there is a new apprentice/journeyman even another Plumbing Contractor around.You have no idea how many plumbers can get years under their belt in construction and not know how they can improve skill and efficiency with one.
Although laser's are making them,string and snap lines dated.
Oh yes, my ten yr old lovers him too! :blink:
 

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My pen is the first tool I love. With it I can take down job information and write out work orders. Then I can write down what materials and time I have spent on the job (until I go F/R). Then I can write my happy customer a bill to pay me for my work. Heck, I'll even let my customer use my favorite tool to write me a check after. What can I say, I share my tools!. All kidding aside, I love my Lennox B-Tank kit. I love fire and can't get enough of soldering.
 

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My line laser is by far my favorite tool, comes in very handy for setting heights on multiple control valves or body sprays.
 

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Whichever one will get that little thingamajig to do whatever it is I want it to do.

Actually the things that might be the most versatile in my bag and would be sorely missed if I could no longer have them are a set of cheap, $5.00 picks. I use these things for numerous tasks. I especially like them for those $99.00 lav pop up assembly cleanings. I take the right angle pick, stick it down there, rotate it 4 or 5 times and most of the time the entire wad of hair plus whatever else is with it comes out in one disgusting piece :icon_cheesygrin:.
 

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I love my Makita AVT sawzall. Hand tools I would have to say my basin wrench and my faucet wrench set. That doubles as my element and shower wrenchs.
 

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The water meter key, can be a pain shutting off the meter if there is no house side valve, especially if the valve has not been turned in like years.
 

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Today I bought one of those Ridgid LARGE jaw basin wrenches along with a regular basin wrench to replace my old one which I bent last week doing something I shouldn't have with it.:whistling2: I never had one, but a few times recently the regular basin wrench jaw was too small for what I needed. I love tools. I have about 14 power tools on the truck at all times and about 200 hand tools...plumbing is fun that way.:thumbup:
 

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You can't work without a flashlight, I use mine everyday.
 

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My favorite is prolly the cell phone. With it I can get unlimited manpower and whatever I need to complete the task.

As far as plumbing tools it would be the battery pro-press. Thousands of fittings made up. 0 leaks. They need to put wheels on the case though;)
 

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I have 5 that stands out.
1- Spartan 2001
2-cast Iron Cutters
3-Mil. Roto Hammer
4-The very small channel locks
5-Leatherman

Flashlight is the Streamlight Ultra Stinger

In Christ,

Song Dog
 
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