TOOLS YOU SHOULD HAVE AT HOME

Mar 24, 2017

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 Fill your toolbox with these essentials so that you’ll be ready for any home projects or emergencies.

 

Hammers

Two hammers should be enough to start your toolbox. Get one heavyweight and one lightweight.  The bigger the nail, the heavier the hammer should be. This will help you in pounding nails, crowbar action, or even pulling nails.

 

 

 Drill and Bits

A multipurpose drill can be used for a large number of tasks.   This is the most comfortable when tired hands have turned many screws.  A multi-purpose drill can be used not only to bore holes, but also to screw-head bit making it go quickly inside the hole.

 

Screw Drivers

A Flathead screw driver is great for replacing switch plates.  Philips screw driver is one of the common tools in any toolbox.

 

 

 

 

Hacksaw

You should get at least one cutting tool, bigger than a utility knife.  This can be used for cutting plastic and metal pipes, wood, threaded rods, brackets, and many more.

 

 

 

Extension Cord

Keep an electrical extension cord around the house.  This will help you extend the limited cord of your tools to your jobsite, or any outdoor activity.

 

 

 

Nails

Keep a good selection and some general-purpose nails so you will always have choices available.  A box with compartments is helpful for separating nail types and sizes.

 

Tape Measure

Your tape measure is indispensable for figuring out placement of objects, measuring window blinds, furniture sizes, or hanging artwork.

 

 

 

Adjustable Crescent Wrench

You don’t have to own a full set of wrench just get one or two adjustable wrenches; since its jaws may be adjusted to fit nuts and bolts of different sizes.  Some self-adjusting wrenches are self-ratcheting, meaning you don’t have to remove them from the bolt to tighten it.

Utility Knife

Use this for breaking down boxes, scoring drywall, making precision cuts, or cutting the tops off glue bottles, and so on.

 

 

 

Scraper/Putty Knife

Putty knives are not just for applying putty, paste and spackle. They are super useful for removing old decorative coverings or scraping down loose and flaky surfaces.

 

 

 

Pliers

Buy pliers of different types and sizes.  Locking pliers are a good multipurpose gripping tool.  Get channel-lock pliers for larger pipes and valves.  Electrician’s pliers have a fine point and can usually strip and cut wires.  Small needle-nose pliers are great for getting into tight spaces.

 

 

Hex Keys or Allen Keys

These are great for putting together furniture, especially assembling bicycles, and for hanging towel bars.

 

 

Wire Stripper

This has a blade to cut and remove the plastic coating of the wire to make electrical connections.

 

 

Gloves

You should have plastic gloves for cleaning or refinishing and a leather-type work gloves for dirty work and gardening.

 

 

 

Flashlight and Batteries

Repairs can happen in dark and even when the power is out.

 

 

 

 

Step Stool

This is necessary to install light bulbs, dusting the cobwebs out of corners, and everything that out of your reach.