If you’ve recently purchased a home, one of the first things you should do is invest in some tools. Even if you’re not a fanatical DIYer, it’s helpful to have the right implements handy when you need them. Here are 15 homeowner tools that should be in your collection.
A utility knife is a perfect tool for opening or breaking down boxes. It’s also useful for any type of precision cutting. Be especially careful when using these knives as they are extremely sharp. Cut slowly and maintain a firm grip on the knife and whatever you’re cutting.
A plunger is an extremely simple tool that you’ll really want to own if a toilet or drain gets clogged.
Set of Wrenches
A set of crescent wrenches will ensure you can loosen or tighten screws and bolts of various sizes. Another option is to get an adjustable wrench. You can use this for assembling or repairing all kinds of items around the house.
If you’re a homeowner who’s planning any DIY projects, items such as safety gloves, goggles and ear protection are a must.
Hacksaws are suitable for cutting all types of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. It’s useful to have a variety of hacksaw blades for different types of cutting.
Set of Screwdrivers
When buying essential homeowner tools, you can’t forget a set of screwdrivers. You’ll want these in various sizes and in both Philips and slotted variety. If you prefer not to buy a whole set, you can get a screwdriver with several interchangeable heads.
Whether you need to measure a room, a piece of furniture or window blinds, you certainly need a tape measure in your home. If you want to be able to measure rooms with ease, a 60-inch tape measure is nice to have.
Hammers are another basic tool that’s essential for every home. A set of hammers is ideal but at the very least get two sizes. A lightweight pin hammer is good for smaller projects while a claw hammer is more suitable for heavy duty construction needs.
Set of Pliers
Pliers of varying sizes and grips are very useful for gripping, stripping wire, tightening bolts and any task where gripping is needed. Some of the best types of pliers to get include needle nose, long nose and utility pliers.
Extension Cord and Surge Protection Strip
An extension cord ensures you can plug in anything you need to, such as lamps, computers, home entertainment systems, fans and so forth. A multi-plug surge protection strip provides you with enough plugs.
Set of Hex Keys
Hex keys, which are also called Allen wrenches, are used to tighten or loosen hexagonal screws or bolts. These tools are often needed to assemble furniture, exercise machines and other items.
Scrapers, which are also called putty knives or spackle knives, are essential for removing old paint before applying a fresh coat of paint. These tools are also useful for applying plaster, drywall, and other materials used in construction projects.
A step stool is sufficient for most indoor tasks unless you have exceptionally high ceilings. It’s also good to have a step ladder to reach higher places. If you’re planning to paint or get on your roof from the outside, you’ll need an extension ladder as well.
A sturdy battery-operated drill and a good selection of drill bits give you the ability to install shelves and artwork on the wall and perform many other tasks.
Collection of Hardware
A box with several compartments full of screws, nails, bolts, washers and other hardware is something every homeowner should have nearby.
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