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This video, with accompanying instructor’s guide, familiarizes students with tools used by plumbers.

Women tend to come to trades courses with less experience using tools informally and can therefore find tool identification difficult. This video will help your female (and male) students be more successful in your trades classes.
Tools of the Trade Video: Inside the Plumber's Toolbox


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Item #: EDV104

Inside the Plumber’s Toolbox Video:

From plungers, to pipe wrenches, to Teflon tape, this 32-minute video introduces each common tool of the plumbing trade with a brief demonstration of its proper use. Safety precautions and industry tips are provided as well, and four major types of piping and tubing -- steel, copper, plastic and cast iron -- are described. The DVD concludes by highlighting resources that are available to those interested in becoming plumbers.

The DVD comes with a downloadable instructor’s guide featuring educational standards, vocabulary, discussion questions and project ideas for your students!

Topics Covered

  • What Plumbers Do
  • Types of Plumbing Pipes
  • Pipes Used in Draining Waste Vents
  • Pipe Fittings
  • Safety Precautions
  • Basic Plumbing Tools
  • Specialized Plumbing Tools for Copper Pipes
  • Joining Copper Pipe Without Soldering
  • Plastic Tools and Materials
  • Cast Iron Tools and Materials

Instructor's Guide

The 17-page instructor’s guide helps you prepare your students before they view the video, assist them as they view it and present follow-up activities to reinforce the key learning objectives:

  • Identifying and understanding the differences between each basic plumbing tool and material.
  • Explaining the benefits of each tool and the types of plumbing jobs for which it should be used.
  • Demonstrating the proper use of each tool.
  • Understanding the different types of piping (copper, plastic, cast iron and galvanized).

Recognizing proper plumbing safety precautions (e.g., checking state and local codes before starting any project, locating shutoff valves, wearing safety equipment, etc.).

Video Clip Note

While the narrator and demonstrators are mostly male, this DVD will help all of your students, female and male, develop the basic introductory skills they need to succeed.

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Tools of the Trade Video: Inside the Plumber's Toolbox


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Item #: EDV104

Video Details:

Run time: 32 minutes total
Grade level: High School, Two-Year College
Format: DVD
Note: This DVD and Instructor’s Guide correlate to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act).

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