Updated: Feb 15, 2020
No matter your skill level, every homeowner should have some tools on hand for repairs around the house. For a small investment, you can fix almost anything with some basic hand tools.
Here are the 10 tools that every homeowner should have in their tool bag.
Hammers aren't just for nails. It is an all around utility tool that is capable of dozens of other tasks.
2. Adjustable Wrenches
Adjustable wrenches are somewhat awkward to use and can damage a bolt or nut if they are not handled properly. However, adjustable wrenches are ideal for situations where you need two wrenches of the same size. Screw the jaws all the way closed to avoid damaging the bolt or nut.
Whether you’re wiring something or tightening and loosening pipes, a solid set of locking pliers is a must-have.
You might even want to pick up two sets: needle-nose and adjustable groove-joint pliers that can be used for a variety of different projects.
4. Multi Bit Screwdriver
Rather than having a set of screwdrivers some of which you will never use, one multi bit screwdriver will have the bit for anything that needs set or tightened around the house. General Purpose Multi-Bit Screwdrivers are ideal for a variety of projects. They feature interchangeable bit heads to accommodate various screw types and sizes. Models with onboard storage are capable of holding the extra bit heads in the handle.
5. Tape Measure
You’ll use your tape measure more often than expected. The next time you head out to purchase that frustratingly difficult to assemble furniture, you’ll be glad you pre-measured your living room.
6. Cordless Electric Screwdriver
Cordless screwdrivers are versatile electric hand tools designed to drive screws. Compared to their manual counterparts, they help save time and effort on tasks which involve installing lots of screws. Cordless screwdrivers – also called electric screwdrivers – are portable, can fit easily in the palm of the hand, and can be used for many different projects in and around the home; from light maintenance to major DIY jobs.
A Spirit Level is a tool used to indicate how parallel (level) or perpendicular (plumb) a surface is relative to the earth. A spirit level gets its name from the mineral spirit solution inside the levels.
8. Tongue & Groove Pliers
Tongue-and-groove pliers are a type of slip-joint pliers.
Use slip-joint pliers to grab hold of a nail, a nut, a bolt, and much more. These types of pliers are versatile because of the jaws, which feature both flat and curved areas for gripping many types of objects. There is also a built-in slip-joint, which allows the user to quickly adjust the jaw size to suit most tasks.
9. Small Pipe Wrench
A pipe wrench is an adjustable wrench that is used, as the name implies, on pipes. Most often, pipe wrenches are used on threaded pipe, usually galvanized steel, black iron or similar metal pipes. A pipe wrench has two serrated jaws that are tightened and dig into the pipe for grip.
10. Stud Finder
The most secure way to hang a coat hook, wine rack, picture or another type of wall art is to attach a screw to a stud. Studs are pieces of wood beneath drywall that act as the wall’s frame. Most structures have vertical studs spaced 16 inches apart. You can also find some that run horizontally. However, don’t take this as gospel. Although most structures are supposed to follow these guidelines, there are times that studs aren’t spaced properly.Since studs aren’t always spaced properly, it is truly best to use a stud finder to locate the wood in your wall. Residential stud finders are fairly inexpensive
We could keep going but with a few tools you can take care of most repairs around your home. Have fun homeowners, remember, safety first.
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