Sooner or later you’ll have to attend to a leaky faucet, faulty wiring, or an outdated shutter that keeps creaking in the wind. As a homeowner, you need to keep a basic set of tools within your reach. Whether it’s for crafting, carpentry, maintenance or repairs, keep these tools around for your DIY needs.
1. Hammers and Nails
Hammers are a must for basic home maintenance. To this end, each homeowner must have one claw hammer at his or her disposal. Pick a sixteen-ounce hammer for better heft and impact. Keep a variety of nails designed for a range of functions and materials.
Pliers keep you safe from electrical current whenever you have to work with wiring. It should also keep your grip secure and provide you greater leverage. For your arsenal, get a pair of water pump pliers, which you can use on round, square, and hexagonal objects. Get a pair of needle nose pliers as well: these pliers can reach into small, narrow openings.
3. A set of wrenches.
Wrenches are used to apply torque to turn nuts, bolts, and other fasteners. A set of fixed-size wrenches should provide better grip and torsion than an adjustable wrench.
4. Screwdrivers and hex keys
There’s a range of screwdrivers to fit different types of screws. Square, straight, flathead, Philips, and Torx are among the basic variants. Keep these within your armament. You can opt for a screwdriver with an interchangeable tip instead. You should also invest in a hex key (also called an Allen key), a tool with a hexagonal cross-section used for bolts and screws with a hexagonal socket in the head.
5. Cutting Tools
Hand saws are a must for every home. Keep a crosscut hand saw for wood, and a hacksaw for metal and plastic. Invest in a quality utility knife, a cutter, a stiff-bladed putty knife, and a Swiss army knife to see to other needs.
6. Measuring Tools
A tape measure is invaluable in measuring objects, spaces, and placements within your home. Keep a combination square to calculate 90- and 45-degree angles, and to measure depths and short distances.