Being able to do a few things around the house calls for the right tools. With this list, homeowners will have many of the basic tools they need to solve a wide variety of minor household problems.
Measuring and Hanging
Since many people decide that they want to hang something on their walls or ceiling, they should have the tools that will provide information about where to hang an item and if they have hung it correctly.
A basic tape measure will help people to measure the width and height of a wall or a piece of furniture, so they can ensure proper placement. A good tape measuring device will stay put while extended and be easy to retract quickly, without injury. A stud-finder locates wall studs or ceiling joists that can provide additional support for heavier things. Professionals use a level to tell them if they have placed an item in the correct horizontal or vertical position. Most projects may only need a small level, but others could call for a long piece of wood or plastic in which the level is embedded.
Although fixing plumbing problems may sound like time to contact a local plumber and be done with it, there are a few basic tools that people can have to handle the simplest plumbing issues. Clogs are common and can be really difficult to prevent over a long time. People should purchase a plunger that they can use for toilets, and a smaller one that will work for sinks. If they suspect that they might have to deal with clogs that are further down the pipes and impractical to remove using a plunger, a simple auger is an effective choice. Plumbing experts claim that augers are safer and less likely to damage pipework than harsh chemical drain cleaners. There are different augers for specific purposes, so an auger used for a sink would not be appropriate for use on a toilet.
Some tools do not have one specific purpose, but may be useful in all kinds of home projects. Having a handful of versatile tools allows for quick solutions without a rushed trip to the hardware store. These tools include:
- Battery-operated drill with bits
- Screwdrivers in various sizes (or with different bits)
- Adjustable crescent wrench to tighten or loosen most bolts
- Utility knife for simple cutting
- Putty knife for cleaning or preparing uneven surfaces
These tools do not need to be expensive, but the cheapest versions may not last very long under heavy use.
Hammers and Mallets
Although power tools certainly replace a lot of hand tools that people might need, hammers present a technology-free source of force. The type of hammer needed depends on the job. People should invest in a small hammer for thin nails or tight spaces. A larger hammer or a sledge hammer may be more useful for larger or heavy hardware, or metal pieces that must be put together. For people who want to work on projects that require a blunt but lightweight instrument, metal hammers can create a lot of damage. Instead, a rubber mallet is practical and safe for tapping things into place without breaking them.
All DIY home repairs call for the right tools for the job. By making sure they have these basic tools on hand, homeowners can better ensure that they can get right to work when they spot a problem.