Whether you’re an avid handyman or aspiring DIY-er, having a cohesive set of tools at home will prepare you for pesky repairs or when inspiration strikes.
1. Duct Tape
Duct tape is one of the most versatile and resilient resources. Add it to your go-to emergency repair toolkit, as it is extremely strong, adaptable and waterproof.
Pro Tip: You can use duct tape for temporarily sealing water leakage, patching vinyl siding, taping a broken window or screen, protecting grill gas hose from pesky critters and more.
2. Wire Cutters
Great for snipping wires or small nails. There are three main types:
- Beveled edge: Cuts wires to a pointed tip.
- Semi-flush: Used for fine wires and cuts to a flat tip.
- Flush cutters: Offers a sheer face cut; usually expensive with a high level of precision.
Pro Tip: Most wire cutters are not intended for hard metals, such as iron or steel unless specifically specified. Never hammer or bang on wire cutters to make a cut, as flying debris can be harmful.
3. Respiratory Mask
You should wear a mask when painting or in a dusty/dirty environment. Although paints and coatings have been improved and contain less toxic chemicals, you should still avoid inhaling directly.
Pro Tip: Disposable masks are inexpensive and usually come in a pack of 10 or more — be sure to throw away after each use.
4. Set of Screwdrivers
While electrical screwdrivers can get the job done faster, manual versions are more portable and convenient for small, hard to get places. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about recharging your tool, when you need it in a pinch.
Pro Tip: We recommend a set of four screwdrivers: a big and small version of a flathead and Phillips-head. Did you know, the Phillips-head was invented in the 1930s as a solution to “over torquing”, where the user of a flathead was exhibiting too much twisting force and thus not making the most efficient use of their strength?
5. Claw Hammer
One of the most important tools for any homeowner. You can use a good hammer for driving and removing nails, and in combination with many other tools.
Pro Tip: We recommend a 16-oz hammer for the most bang for your buck and all-purpose use.
6. Combination Wrench Set
One side is open, and the other is a closed loop, as nuts and bolts come in metric and standard sizes, you’ll need both ends.
Pro Tip: Avoid over-tightening and always pull the wrench toward you.
7. Tape Measure
Much more efficient and compact than a ruler or yardstick. You’ll use a tape measure for a multitude of purposes and will be glad to have it around.
Pro Tip: We recommend a 25-ft tape measure, although longer may be better suited depending on your purposes. Don’t forget always to measure at least twice!
Consider this a starter pack. Once you become a homeowner, you’ll realize your needs increase, and you’ll likely be adding to your toolkit in no time.
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