If you’ve ever wanted to hang a mirror or fix a leaky faucet, you know how important it is to have the right tools at the ready. But with so many options, which are the instruments you really need? Take a look at the commonly-required implements you should keep in your arsenal, and you’ll be prepared to tackle most around-the-house tasks the moment they arise.
Whether you’re assembling a table or installing a switch plate, chances are you’ll need a screwdriver. But different tasks require certain types and sizes. Choose either a variety pack which offers a selection of screwdrivers – Phillips, slotted, Pozidriv – or pick up one screwdriver with interchangeable heads.
For general use, you can’t go wrong with a straight rip claw hammer. Choose one with either a steel or fiberglass handle as wood can break and the grip is often slippery.
Crucial when loosening or tightening a nut or bolt, adjustable wrenches come in a variety of sizes, so it makes sense to pick up a set to ensure you have the right one for the job.
From figuring out if that new sofa will fit to measuring for window treatments, a tape measure is an invaluable tool. Choose a retractable, lockable tape measure that is at least 25’ for added convenience when taking measurements for larger projects.
Much like screwdrivers and wrenches, not all pliers are capable of doing every job so it’s smart to buy a set of pliers with a variety of types and sizes. For example, channel-lock pliers are ideal when working with larger pipes and valves. Locking pliers are intended to be a multipurpose gripping tool, while small needle-nose pliers allow you to work in tight spaces and perform equally well on small craft project. Electrician’s pliers feature a fine point and can be used to strip and cut wires.
If you’re going to the trouble of hanging a picture yourself, you want to ensure it won’t be crooked. This is where a level can help. Standard building levels are 24 or 30 inches long, though you can find ones on a smaller scale for simpler jobs. Choose a level with a light to illuminate the task at hand.
In the event of a power outage, you’ll be glad to have a flashlight at the ready. Select one that’s durable, waterproof, and rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about dead batteries in the middle of an emergency.
Keeping your tools together in one secure location can prevent the frustration of misplacing them. If you have children, be sure to select a toolbox that locks for safety and peace of mind.