Monday, October 21, 2013

Basic tools for the home handyman

Why is it important to have your own set of tools? Unless you live in a cave, chances are, you’ll need some minor work done around the house occasionally - anything from tightening a loose drawer pull to assembling flat pack furniture. 

Save yourself from the headache of finding a handyman for every little thing and get to know your home better too; armed with the basic tools, you can handle the simple handyman jobs in your home.

There are some jobs that are too small to hire a handyman for. Save yourself from the headache of finding a handyman for every little thing and get to know your home better too; armed with the basic tools, you can handle the simple handyman jobs in your home. 

A couple of helpful hints before you go binge shopping for tools: cheap tools are better than no tools but buying quality is always better in the long run; and, you don’t have to get them all in one go unless, of course, you have money to burn. 

Your toolbox should have the following residents: 

Hammer

Get yourself a standard claw hammer. It’s the one with a flat head on one side and curving prongs on the other. They come in various sizes, weights, and even in pink - supposedly for the ladies but a very secure man partial to the color is welcome to them too. 

Screwdrivers

These will probably be the most used tools for the average DIY handyman. You will most likely get a set but in case you want to get them one by one, you need to make sure you at least have one flat head and one Phillips head screwdriver. 

Pliers

Since we’re talking basic tools, you’ll be okay with the vise grip and needle nose pliers. You need pliers for help in firmly gripping objects when you need something turned, twisted or bent.           

Measuring tape

For the sake of your eyesight and your temper, don’t cheap out on the measuring tape. It’s extremely tempting to do so because many people think it’s not as important as the other tools, but you’ll be kicking yourself in frustration when it won’t lock in place when extended or you can’t see the numbers properly. 

Level

If you think you can eyeball the placement of picture frames or wall-mounted shelving then you have a rare talent indeed. For the rest of us, using a level is a simple solution to making sure something hangs straight on the horizontal plane. 

Stud finder

Some may argue that this is not a basic or an essential. Use this to find framing studs where you can sink your nail or screw securely, especially when hanging heavier items. Only people who’ve never had useless nail holes left over from earlier picture or shelf-hanging attempts can dismiss its importance. 

Utility knife

It’s up there with the screwdrivers in terms of demand. There will always be something to cut, scrape or pry and the utility knife does all that and more. 

Work gloves

Again, few include this in the list of basics but work gloves are important not just for true-blue handymen. It might be even more important for self-styled ones who likely have soft, pampered mitts that will need the added protection. 


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