Tools homeowners can’t be without
WE all want our homes to be safe, both for personal safety and financial protection aspects. Everyday emergencies and mishaps happen.
We don’t all have a neighborhood handyman, and most of us live on a budget. It’s important to be able to handle some household maintenance and mishaps on our own. You can help protect your home from daily problems by having a few trusty tools on hand.
Whether this is your first home or your fifth, it’s essential to stock your toolbox with the fundamental tools for homeowners to help you complete basic maintenance and repair tasks.
Here’s a breakdown of the vital, can’t-livewithout devices every homeowner should have.
1.Screwdriver It may sound basic, but if you’ve never owned a home before, you may be shocked to learn how many screws there are in your house. A screwdriver is a must-have tool. Although you can get separate Phillips-head and flat-head screwdrivers, one with multiple bits is just fine for starters.
2.Hammer Anything that isn’t held together by screws is probably held together by nails. Hammers come in handy for little repair jobs, and of course, for hanging pictures when you first move in.
3.Drill The one must-have power tool is a drill, and you’ll generally want to get a corded version, which is lighter and will never run out of power in the middle of a job. In addition, get a full set of drill bits, along with screwdriver bits for those power jobs.
4.Wrench Whenever you need to do a plumbing fix, you’ll need a wrench. An adjustable crescent wrench is perfect for any kind of job and limits the number of tools you need sitting around.
5.Needle-nose Pliers This seemingly delicate tool is perfect for the little jobs when your fingers aren’t quite small enough. It’s especially helpful for electrical work.
6.Measuring Tape You’ll need this for all sorts of jobs, from measuring furniture to determining the length of wood or wire to cut. Look for a sturdy one with a good locking mechanism to make it easier to measure long distances.
7.Pry Bar A strong steel pry bar will give you the extra force you need to get materials off your house. It’s perfect for pulling out nails or removing moldings.
8.Vise Grip Also known as locking pliers, a vise grip is a handy little tool to have around for all sorts of jobs. It can hold on tight to give you the torque you need to turn stiff bolts.
9.Electrical Tester This handy little tool lets you know whether current is running to an outlet. Use it to test outlets you suspect are dead and to make sure the current is off before working on an outlet.
10.Wire Cutter & Stripper You’ll definitely need this two-in-one tool if you’re going to do any type of electrical work. It’s handy for cutting non-electrical wire, like cables, too.
11.Utility Knife This little knife is perfect to carry in your pocket as you workork on various tasks and is your go-to tool when hen cutting materials or openingg boxes. Choose a sharp knife with a retractableable blade for safety.
12.Hand Saw w It’s always a good idea to invest in a hand saw, especially if f you don’t have any power saws. Perfect forr cutting wood, this sawaw will come in handydy if you need to shorten a shelf to fit in a tight spacece or cut down a piecece of plywood for a small constructionon project.
13.Torpedo Level This is essential for hanging cabinets, shelves or any other items, and at the very least, it’s a must-have for hanging pictures on the wall straight.
14.Putty Knife You’ll have nail holes you want to fill or cracks to repair, and a putty knife is a great little tool for that. You can also use it to scrape off old paint, provided you get a fairly stiff putty knife.
15.Safety Glasses In the midst of all your handiwork, safety glasses or goggles are essential for protecting your eyes. Look for a model that fits snugly so nothing can get around them.
Nice-to-have Tools OK, so you’ve filled out your must-have set. Consider adding some of these tools for the bigger jobs: Circular saw Orbital sander Nail gun Drywall knife Carpenter’s square Sanding block Chalk line Clamps Invest in high-quality tools as you build your first tool box, because you want items that will last and get each job done well. And though it may be more expensive, it will save you money in the long run, because if you have quality tools to get the jobs done, you won’t have to hire others for maintenance and repairs. — Protectyourhome.
As a homeowner, stock your toolbox with the fundamental tools for maintenance and repairs.