The Toolbox at Home

More than knowing the tips on how to fix basic issues at home, another important thing to invest on is the set of tools. Check first what tools you have at home, then scan through the list below of what are the tools you still need. Get only what is usable based on what your … Continue reading “The Toolbox at Home”

More than knowing the tips on how to fix basic issues at home, another important thing to invest on is the set of tools. Check first what tools you have at home, then scan through the list below of what are the tools you still need. Get only what is usable based on what your home is made up of because devices are not meant to be stuck.

1a. The Basic Toolbox

Similar to how we treat the First Aid Kit, the toolbox is also one of the basic kits we need to have at home. In case of less serious home issues that have to be repaired immediately, you may rely on your toolbox to assist you in fixing it.

As mentioned in the earlier blog post, the cost of home repair and improvement can be down to zero if and only if you have kept a good toolbox with you at home, which will then be your pseudo repairman. Below are the eight most used tools that you may consider to buy and keep your home.

1b. Hammer and Nail

Hammer is one of most common tools that can be easily acquired. Almost all hardware stores in all areas around the world will never run out of stocks of hammers. There are many types of a hammer, and so you have to identify first your purpose of getting it. For purposes of home repair and improvement, the best type is the claw hammer. Clawhammer is the generic hammer with multiple uses. It has a steelhead which makes it usable for both metal and wood products. Though claw hammers are mostly associated with woodworking, this can also be used in driving nails in furniture or any stuff made up of aluminum, steel, and hard plastics. If you would want to collect hammers, there are claw hammers specially made of wood, steel, fiberglass, and graphite.

Hammers and nail sets are cheap regarding its cost. Some hardware stores sell nails in kilos, but some have packed nails in 250 grams. Before getting many nails, make sure to know which materials are you joining together and so the personnel in the hardware store can help you identify which nail will you be needing.

2. Pliers, Cutters, and Scissors

Pliers, cutters, and scissors are three different tools with almost similar function: that is to cut and twist. Scissors can be used in cutting plastic materials, paper, hard carton, wires, and adhesives, and cutters are used to those materials that are thicker than the earlier mentioned. On the other hand, pliers come in different types, shape, and sizes and so you would have to identify first its purpose before getting one from the store.

a. Locking Pliers

Locking pliers are also known as vice-grip pliers. This is useful for removing stuck and broken screws in any place around your home, and can also help in case you need to loosen up some nuts. In the case of adjustable locking pliers, this can also be used as clamps since it has adjustable arms. Locking pliers are made up of strong materials, and so it is important to be very careful in using it to avoid further damage and disturbance.

b. Combination Pliers

Combination pliers are less tough than the locking pliers. Also termed as the Lineman’s pliers, the main purpose of this tool is to grip, compress, bend and pull materials that are thin but hard like nails. There are also certain combination pliers that can be used as wire cutters. This type is called side cutter which is useful for cutting soft wires and other flat materials.

3. Screwdrivers

Like hammers and nail sets, the screwdriver also has a lot of varieties specifically made for different purposes. Some of the common types of screwdrivers are 1) the slotted screwdriver, 2) the flatted and parallel slotted screwdriver, and 3) Phillips and Pozidriv Screwdrivers. The most used, most common, and most known types of screwdrivers are only two: the cross and the flat-headed screwdrivers. Depending on the screw, these two screwdrivers can be a perfect rescue for loose glues.

4. Adjustable Wrenches

Also known as an adjustable spanner or adjustable crescent, the purpose of an adjustable wrench is to ensure that all nuts and bolts are tightly locked. Adjustable wrenches are universal because this can be used in any size and type of bolt or nut. Though it is mainly used in repairing bicycles and car parts, the adjustable wrench can also be used for home repair such as in tightening, loosening, or replacing nuts in the door, cabinets or storage bins, fixing furniture joints and in plumbing.

5. Utility Knife

Utility knife, other than the kitchen knives, is a legitimate multipurpose tool.

According to the Legacy blog this tool can be used to cut your drywall, roof shingles, fiberglass made stuff at home, and even though your vinyl flooring.

Another purpose of utility knife is to cut carpet, foam boards, cables and even wires when it has to be shortened. Indeed, the utility knife is one of the things that you should always put somewhere in the heart of your home. That is because it has used in all corners of your crib.

6. Flashlight and Batteries

Flashlight and batteries are not so much for repair and improvement, but a tool used to be able to solve emergency situations even in the dark or in small areas with not much light. Flashlight and batteries can be considered as support to the rest of the tools in the list. If you are getting some power tool sets like drill sets, for example, you may also have to double check if a flashlight is included. Some of the hardware stores have included the flashlight in toolsets since this has been a necessity.

7. Adhesives and Sealants

Adhesives come in different types depending on the material you would want to stick on to. Before getting an adhesive from any hardware store, it is important to check the materials first because this tool is so specialized based on your purpose. Below is the list of adhesives that can be used for home repair and improvement:

According to the website of Popular Mechanics this tool can be used to cut your drywall, roof shingles, fiberglass made stuff at home, and even though your vinyl flooring. Another purpose of utility knife is to cut carpet, foam boards, cables and even wires when it has to be shortened. Indeed, the utility knife is one of the things that you should always put somewhere in the heart of your home. That is because it has used in all corners of your crib.

8. Flashlight and Batteries

Flashlight and batteries are not so much for repair and improvement, but a tool used to be able to solve emergency situations even in the dark or in small areas with not much light. Flashlight and batteries can be considered as support to the rest of the tools in the list. If you are getting some power tool sets like drill sets, for example, you may also have to double check if a flashlight is included. Some of the hardware stores have included the flashlight in toolsets since this has been a necessity.