Most contractors are happy leaving pipes, fittings, and bath fixtures to the plumber, but at some point you're likely to get your feet wet dealing with some kind of plumbing situation, especially if you're a remodeler. Even if you never touch a pipe wrench, it's generally your job to spec appropriate products and maintain the budget. Whether you're holding the purse strings or the propane torch, the plumbing industry wants to help. Plumbing manufacturers are constantly introducing products designed to remedy common problems or help plumbers work more efficiently, but builders and remodelers who seldom venture into the plumbing-supply house and don't read plumbing trade magazines are often the last to know about them.

Here's a collection of tools and products that could save you time and money, or get you out of a jam.

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