Tool tips from Fickes, the plumber
“Don’t be afraid to work for a profit, instead of just breaking even,” says the plumber.
Although Fickes Plumbing is now a one-man business, Fickes continues to work with his crews. He says managers should be willing to get involved in the jobs. “You can’t just sit behind a desk all day and expect your crew to do all the work,” says Fickes.
When working with customers, Fickes says honesty is key. “Sit down with your customers to prepare the estimate or contract, then follow through on what you promise,” says the plumber.
Milwaukee M18 18V Lithium-ion 6.5-inch cordless circular saw, #2630-20
“Because it’s compact and lightweight, this Milwaukee M18 circular saw combines portability and usability.”
King Krimper 14-inch crimping tool, #46550
“My company specializes in residential service, repair and remodeling, and these crimping tools are great for piping.”
RIDGID RC 1625 ratcheting plastic pipe and tubing cutter, #23498
“No plumber should be without a RIDGID plastic tubing cutter. It makes the job much easier and less messy.”
Plumbers Third Hand EZ 1-2-3 garbage disposal installation tool, #3H2013
“The Plumbers Third Hand works great for installing garbage disposals. When I saw it advertised, it looked like it would be a good tool to have, and it turned out to be really useful.”
Milwaukee M12 12V Lithium-ion Force Logic Press Tool, #2473-22
“This pro press plumbing tool is expensive but does twice as good a job as more expensive tools.”
Rockwell 20V Lithium-ion sonicrafter, #RK2863K
“With a variety of blades, this oscillating tool ought to be in your truck. It has a good combination of power and efficiency.”