If you are the kind of person who would rather fix it yourself, then you probably have a pretty extensive tool collection. You likely already own more tools than you could carry in a luggage case, and perhaps your garage is even bursting at the seams. Most people start with simple home repairs and carpentry-style fixes. Once you know how to use power drills, it is pretty easy to fix a baseboard or patch up a hole in the drywall. Electrical and plumbing, however, are a whole different ballgame. If you think you might want to get into some plumbing fixes, then you will first need to make sure your toolbox can handle the special needs of plumbing issues.
A pipe wrench, also known as a plumber's wrench, is an essential item for working some fittings loose. Pipe wrenches look like the letter "C" attached to a handle and have teeth on the inside of the wrench to grab onto those smooth plumbing pipes. While grip pliers are good tools for plumbing, it is the pipe wrench will truly give you the torque you need to work a stubborn showerhead loose. And if you are looking at doing some more serious plumbing repairs on sinks and behind-the-wall pipes, then you will be thankful to have a heavy-duty pipe wrench on hand.