When you first start out as a plumber it can be quite frightening, having to invest in tools and equipment. If you know you will have a lot of work, it can be worth investing a bit more but if you only intend to do the odd job here and there, it might be wise to limit your investments. I would always recommend you having your own tools wherever possible or at least enough to deal with emergencies. Sometimes tools can be too bulky to store and some equipment can too expensive to purchase just for the occasional use.
A great solution to this is to hire these types of tools as and when you need them. This can truly save you a lot of money. Hire shops like these will normally ask you for a deposit when hiring tools and equipment and it will be returned to you when you return the goods hired – providing they come back in the same working order they were in when you hired them. It is therefore very important that you inspect the goods that you intent to hire – before leaving the store. If you notice any defects or dirt, make sure to notify the assistant in the shop and that they record this correctly. You will have to pay extra if you return a piece of equipment with more damage than it had when you first took it out. This is normally taken from the deposit, depending on how much damage you have done. Make sure only to hire goods that are in good working order as it will not only save you time but it could also mean a lesser risk of injuring yourself compared with using defect tools. The hire shop will also ask you to provide some sort of identification and sometimes proof of address.
If you are not sure how to use a certain tool, make sure to ask the shop assistant for a demonstration. If you are hiring tools or equipment that requires consumable materials such as butane gas canisters, carbon dioxide cylinders or possibly drill bits, you are liable for the costs of this yourself.
A good tip is to check what the daily cost is compared with hiring it for a whole week. You might be surprised to find out that a week is sometimes only double the cost of a day. Unless I am 100% sure I will finish the job at hand in 24 hours, I will always rent it for a week. You never know what might go wrong and you do not want the extra pressure of finishing a job quickly, just because the hired equipment has to go back on time.