Tools home­own­ers can’t be with­out

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

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