Owning a home, or even renting your own place, comes with many repair challenges. Unfortunately, you can never tell when the need for making repairs will arise. While for some extreme repairs you will need to contact a technician to help you out, you can handle the smaller ones on your own. However, to achieve that, you need to have a tool kit. In this article, we inform you of how you can assemble a simple tool kit consisting of both power and basic hand tools that will enable you to handle most of the repairs at home.
Before you take off to the hardware store with a list of what you are going to buy, there are some considerations you should take.
Be Realistic About Your Goals
Before assembling your tool kit, it is important to figure out what your long-term DIY goals are. For instance, if you will need a single hammer and screw driver for basic purposes such as hanging pictures on the wall or putting together pre-assembled furniture, there will be no need for buying a chest for tools to store all of your items. A simple one will do the trick. On the other hand, if you think you will need to use a drill and different bits accompanied by an impact drill, you have more sophisticated needs than the person hanging a shelf.
In as much as you would like to save some money, opting for quality tools is a smart route to take. You do not want to put your project on hold because of a broken tool or an undersized one. Most quality tools will see you through your projects, and will offer reimbursement or some sort of guarantee should they break.
There is No Limitation to the Size of Your Tool Kit
No one limits the size of a tool kit that you can assemble for yourself. Everybody has different needs so it is important to assemble all the tools that you may need in one visit to the store. Your collection will grow as your job requirements do.
What are the Tools that you Need for Your Tool Kit?
After taking the above factors into consideration, it is time to start assembling the tool kit that you think you will need. Some of the most common tools include:
Depending on the type of storage that you have, purchase a screwdriver that has interchangeable tips for tight storage. If you have enough room, opt for screwdrivers of different sizes with different heads. The two basic types are Philips head and flat head.
Without doubt; you will likely need a 16-ounce claw hammer. One end drives the nails in, and the other is used for removing existing or older nails. Remember that buying one hammer that allows you to perform different tasks – which makes a good value! Look for different grips on hammer handles and choose one that you are comfortable holding.
Many are the distinct types of tape measures available in the market today. However, for most of the tasks in your home, you will only need a 25-foot model tape measure. Also, consider one that has a blade lock for convenience purposes. This will allow you to measure without too much (if any) assistance. Consider a tape measure that is at least 1 inch in terms of width. This will keep it from collapsing when extended for longer measuring jobs.
Pliers play a huge role and are necessary for any tool kit. For convenience purposes, acquire two models of pliers. One is the 8-inch needle-nose pliers while the other is the 10-inch groove-joint pliers. These will enable you to handle different repairs in your home including plumbing projects.
Utility Knife and Blades
You do not have to buy a sophisticated utility knife for your tool kit. Instead, a retracting blade will do the trick. You also have options like tool-free blades and non-slip handle blades to explore.
Other Tools for Consideration
You can also include in your tool kit adjustable wrenches, a level, and straight edge. These are commonly used but not as much so as the tools we’ve mentioned already. And while not technically a hand tool, having a roll each of duct tape, electrical tape, and plumbers tape on hand is a great idea too.
A tool kit is necessary for any home because you can never tell when the need for repair or reinforcement will arise. Yes, you can run to the store when you need to, but that is assuming the repair will need to take place when the store is open…which is not always the case. Better to be prepared!