Our Favorite Plumbing Tools Reviewed

At Radiant, we firmly believe that it’s proven character, expert skills, and hard-earned experience that make a great technician. There’s no shortcut for attaining these qualities. Nothing can replace the hard work and dedication required to perfect your craft. That being said, there are some special instruments that can help get you there. We’re of course referring to your toolbox. Having the right tools handy can enhance your performance in the field, drastically save time, and even get you out of a pinch.

Radiant Co-Founder & CEO, Brad Casebier, shared a few of his favorite tools and demonstrated their usefulness at Radiant HQ in Austin, TX. He became immersed in the world of plumbing at the tender age of 13, and over the years, he’s tried just about every tool on the market. Having personally experienced the technological innovations (or lack thereof) in the plumbing industry over recent decades, Brad knows a useful tool when he sees one. First up is a nifty little toilet tool known as The Jam-Bar.

Fluidmaster Jam-Bar (AKA “Johni Bar”)

Brad Casebier reviewing a small but powerful plumbing tool: The Jam-Bar.

This inexpensive tool has a sleek “V” design that allows you to lock onto toilet bolts and stop rotation. It can easily grip a variety of bolt sizes and it’s made from durable steel for longevity.

RIDGID Telescoping Basin Wrench

Brad Casebier demonstrating how to use the RIDGID basin wrench.

Straight off the bat, this tool’s water-resistant LED light is a gamechanger when working in tight spaces. It’s handle is removable and pivoting, allowing for effortless scoping from 10” to 17.” It might take a little getting used to, but the RIDGID Telescoping Basin Wrench is a great tool and it gets Brad’s stamp of approval.

Our Ultimate Tool Guide

Reviewing these tools got the creative juices flowing, and a discussion arose among our team members to determine which essential tools every technician should have in their toolbox. Brad, together with our most experienced managers and technicians, came up with the ultimate list of must-have tools for 2021. In case you needed any more convincing, we even got our friends at Moore Supply to give their input. Whether you’re a plumber, HVAC technician, or drain tech, you’re guaranteed to get something out of this. You can download our 2021 tool guide absolutely free by clicking the button below.

Once you’ve had a chance to work through our tool guide, we would love to hear what you think! Shoot a message our way through our Facebook page or contact form. Radiant is always on the lookout for the finest plumbing and HVAC home service professionals in the nation. If you’re interested in a new adventure with Radiant in Austin, TX take a peek at our careers page and let’s get to know each other. 

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