Must-Have Tools at home
Ever experienced a leaky tap or a flickering light bulb? Such common faults appear when you least expect it and can be troublesome to deal with without the proper tools. Some of these problems are not dire enough to warrant a repairman and can be patched up quickly with the right set of tools, skills, and determination. Obviously, skills come with experience and effort, which is not something you can hope to gain overnight by reading an article alone. However, the types of tools that you can purchase in preparation of such incidents occurring is something that you can anticipate and stock up in advance.
So what is in a typically well-stocked toolkit? Essentials are a definite-must and besides that, are additional tools depending on your home and preferences. For any beginners putting together their very first toolkit, these are the tools that we highly recommend to have at hand:
There are many types of screwdrivers that are suited for different tasks. The more types that see more use in typical household settings are the Philips Head screwdriver, also known as a cross-slot screwdriver, and a flat head screwdriver, which is commonly referred to as a slotted screwdriver. Many utility stores also offer screwdriver bases with switchable heads for different purposes for sale.
Screws are everywhere in a home, from your appliances to your windows and doors. Screwdrivers are necessary to remove screws to swap internal parts of appliances, such as batteries. Otherwise, they are also used to tighten screws on things that seem a little loose or wonky. Last but not least, we’d recommend looking for the best electrician screwdriver to make your repair jobs all the more easier and hassle-free.
We recommend a clawed hammer that is smooth-faced, preferably about half a kilogram in weight. More importantly, make sure to get one with a rip claw, which will come in handy when you need to pull out nails. Although fiberglass, metal, and wood are popular options, the former two materials are better materials for the hammer handle.
Hammers are used when you need to fix a nail into something or pull them out of surfaces. For demolition purposes, we would recommend getting a mallet hammer instead, which is generally more suited for such activities.
If you are planning to go lite on your toolbox, opt for an Allen wrench and an adjustable wrench, otherwise known as the crescent wrench. The Allen wrench will be useful in assembling furniture. The adjustable wrench, like its name suggests, is capable of being altered to the said nut or bolt at hand. Once you have gotten used to these two tools, you may want to consider expanding your arsenal to the other wrenches such as the open-wrench, combination wrench, and socket wrench, which are all suited for different and unique purposes.
Similar to wrenches, pliers come in many different types. We recommend getting familiar with the basic types first, such as the needle rose pliers slip-joint pliers, and cutting pliers. The former two are more commonly used to grip, tighten or loosen metal parts, whereas cutting pliers are used for severing wires when electricity is involved.
5. Utility knife
Also known as the box cutter, Stanley knife, X-acto knife, the utility knife is an absolute necessity when it comes to precision cutting. Unlike the other tools above, it does not come in many different variants, but you do have the choice of choosing between a retractable one or a foldable one.
6. Tape measure
We highly recommend getting a self-retracting metal tape measure which will save you tons of unnecessary hassle as you DIY. Another tip is to get a measuring tape that measures in both inches and centimeters which will help you save some time doing conversions. A measuring tape has multiple uses and it is definitely an item that should be in every toolkit.
With 20 different types of levels available in the market, levels are by far the tool with the most variants and thus the most confusing tool to pick up for some. We advise getting the standard carpenter’s level and the material does not matter much in this case; the same applies to its length as well. Levels are used to ensure that surfaces are completely leveled and straight, which is important when one is about to fix something onto the wall and want to avoid having said item come off protruding at an odd angle.
Although our mobile phones these days all come with an in-built flashlight, having a proper heavy flashlight can be life-saver during a pinch such as a power outage and you are forced to perform repairs in the dark to get the lights back up. A LED headlamp is another good choice for those who are particular about the angle and position of the light source. Outside of a power outage and dark spaces, the flashlight also comes in handy when you need some extra visibility on a particular part of an appliance that you are repairing, which could be tucked in a corner or hard to see.
9. Electric Drill
A 12-volt cordless drill is by far the best choice for beginners due to its versatility. It is capable of being fitted and swapped with different drill bits and attachments depending on the situation. The fact that it is cordless also makes it easy to carry about and do the necessary work without being limited by the cords.
10. Duct Tape
Another must-have item in the toolbox. Thankfully, duct tapes are not much different across different stores, so go ahead and pick up the standard roll or whatever color or print that you may fancy. An essential tool to help patch up furniture and appliances in the house, do take note to not place it near any warm objects or open flames which may adversely affect the adhesiveness of the tape.
11. Nails and screws
The holy grail of toolkits. It is very easy to misplace a screw when you disassemble or assemble something; or sometimes you may even find that some of your furniture is missing a screw. It is a good habit to have a surplus of different types of nails and screws in your toolkit for convenience so that you can save yourself a trip down to the nearest store just for these.
With these tool recommendations, you are now ready to face some easy repairs. Do not fret too much and be open to calling for repair services if the issue is beyond your expertise.