Putting Together a Tool Kit
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Published by TOP4 Team
One reality that every homeowner must know and acknowledge is that there will be times when things in the home get broken and need immediate attention. As such, it is a good idea to have some knowledge of basic repairs which will allow you to solve the problem and even save money. But even if money is not an issue and you can call in experts to perform the repairs for you, some emergencies in the home require immediate attention and you should know how to implement the necessary actions to prevent these from worsening, just until the professionals arrive.
In order to do this, you need to have the necessary tools to do the job correctly.
But before you put together your tool kit, there are a few things to bear in mind. First, you need to assess which tools you really need. Even if you have plans to go the DIY route for everything in your home, some tools are simply too expensive and may not be necessary for the average homeowner. Second, invest in quality tools — especially those which you will use the most.
Now, what items should you have in your tool kit?
Over time, your tool kit will look different from your friend's or neighbour's. However, a decent tool kit should contain the fundamental tools listed below.
One of the most valuable tools that you should invest in are screwdrivers, both slotted screwdrivers and Phillips-head screwdrivers. If you wish to save some space, invest in a screwdriver with interchangeable tips.
This is another invaluable tool that can allow you to perform a wide variety of tasks at home. A claw-style hammer weighing 16 ounces will often suffice for household projects.
Invest in a quality tape measure. The best ones are wider and retain their shape when fully extended.
For most household works, needle-nose pliers and groove-joint pliers will often suffice.
Often, you can do a lot with a basic retractable utility knife. Just make sure to stock up on replacement blades.
Quality adjustable wrenches have jaws which protect your fasteners and are less likely to slip.
In buying a level, make sure to check for its accuracy, making sure it centres.
Most tasks require measuring and marking lines — tasks which an accurate square should do adequately.
A good saw can help you perform a wide variety of carpentry works. If you are keen on saving money, you might want to invest in a circular saw which can be fitted with a wide variety of blades.
A cordless power drill is advisable for busy DIY enthusiasts. However, if you are not going to use your power drill, a corded drill will do. Just make sure to buy a long extension cord.
To prevent unnecessary accidents, make sure to invest in quality safety gear including safety glasses, hearing and breathing protection gear.