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    Essential pieces of plumbing equipment you need to consider

    Published on 1 September 2015, Tuesday, 9:09 PM

    Plumbing can be one of the most demanding fields to work in, whether you're a seasoned professional or just trying to get that sink unblocked. And let's be honest, most DIYers will have had to get stuck into plumbing while renovating a bathroom or kitchen.

    Before you rush ahead and pull out a plunger however, think about the range of tools available to rent out from Kennards Hire. They're sure to make your plumbing work far easier.

    Drain cleaners

    These are more commonly known as electric eels, and they basically help you unblock drains - even if they're quite long. You essentially feed the pipe down into a drain, whether that's a sink in the kitchen or bathroom. We've got both manual and electric variants.

    Firstly, there's the manual option. This is light and easy to use, and is perfect for both cleaning drains and tackling those heavier unblocking tasks. Then, there are the heavier duty electric options. They are professional tools that use flexible cables as well as rotating cutting tools. For portable tasks, there's a 240V electric option that can clear tree roots and other obstructions from drains.

    Inspection tools

    Plumbing isn't just about clearing drains and laying new pipes, there's often a need for inspections, especially on larger jobs. Thankfully, there are a number of advanced tools that you can put to the test on plumbing projects.

    Take for example pipe cameras: advanced video inspection systems that can be used to investigate water pipes, sewers, drains, flue lines and other pipe networks. These cameras are also waterproof, a necessity when you've got a pipe still containing liquid. Thanks to a measurement calibrated, glass-fibre reinforced rod, it's easy to move the camera around bends in the piping.

    There are also pipe lasers, which are perfect for pipe-laying contractors. They're another essential tool to avoid incorrect grades in pipes.


    When it comes to trenching, safety is absolutely paramount. Workers are often stuck down below ground for several hours per day, and need to have adequate protection. 

    There are several options here, including aluminium trench shields that are lightweight and as such easy to move around (and deploy).

    Self-propelled trenching machines help to make laying pipes easier, and the machines are also adept at making conduit and irrigation hose laying easier.

    Threading and cutting

    Pipe bending is one task that's made significantly easier with the right pipe bending kits, especially those that are manually operated and portable. These tools mean you don't have to carry out pipe bending offsite, you can simply bring the tool to the worksite on the back of a truck.

    Of course, there's also a need to cut into pipes. Manual tools are the best option here, allowing you easily cut steel pipes. For threading, we have a number of tools both manual and electrical - and easily portable.

    Pipe wrenches

    Every plumber will know just how valuable a good pipe wrench is when loosening, tightening and gripping pipes. Kennards Hire have chain type pipe wrenches and Stillson variants, with a number of different options. These are essential tools for plumbing work.

    Plumbing can involve some of the most demanding jobs, and these are often tasks that are made much more difficult without the right equipment. When it comes time to start work on another plumbing job, make sure that you've considered renting Kennards Hire gear.

    If you want to learn more about what we've got to offer, check out our range online or pop into a branch today.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.