Your Household Toolbox
Which tools are essential to fixing problems around the house? Why do you need them?
Even if you are not a home repair guru, everyday tools can come in handy for a variety of uses. Here is a list of tool that would be valuable in your basic toolbox. These tools are the basics, so if you are taking in a special project with special needs, you might need to expand the list. These will help you through most household chores that might pop up.
a.. Screwdrivers - You will need at least two screwdrivers, one with a Phillips head for crossed-slot screws, and one flat head. Since screwdrivers are not very expensive, it's best to go ahead and buy four, two shorter than the other. That way you will have two for small cramped areas, and two for almost all other jobs.
b.. Pliers - Three types of pliers will get you through most jobs, multiple-joint, slip-joint and locking-grip pliers. If you are doing electrical work, you will need special pliers, so do not attempt it with any of these. The multiple-joint pliers will help out with loosening or tightening nuts and bolts. The slip-joint pliers are very common, and can be used for any small projects. The locking-grip pliers do the same work, but allow you to lock the size down, so you do not have to grip the handle while you turn. It is great when you only have one hand available.
c.. Hammer - You really only need one curved-claw hammer. A 16 ounce is usually standard, but get something that comfortably suits you. It should be heavy enough to drive in nails, but not so heavy you have a hard time handling or controlling it.
d.. Wrenches - Select a socket wrench, and buy several different sized sockets. For a start, get 7/16, 1/2, 9/16 and 5/8 inch sockets. Also buy an adjustable wrench and Allen wrench. Both will come in handy for jobs, like fixing a dryer or faucet.
e.. Brushes - Purchase a paint brush and wire brush. The wire brush will help remove rust and old paint, while the paint brush can remove dust and particles from appliances
f.. Sharpening Devices - Buy a sharpening tool, called a bastard, and a sharpening stone. The flat tool, will sharpen screwdrivers and similar tools, while the stone will sharpen knives and chisels.
g.. Saws - Three types of saws should get most jobs done. The crosscut saw will cut wood. The hacksaw will cut metal and plastics. And, the keyhole saw will take care of smaller areas that need movement or precision.
h.. Tacking tool - A staple tacker will staple nearly any type of material to wood, carpet, or furniture.
i.. Measuring Tape
j.. Knives - Select a putty knife and utility knife. The putty knife will help during paint jobs, the utility knife for any cutting job.
k.. Portable light
l.. Nails, screws and fasteners - You don't want to have to run out for every little thing, so buy a variety of nails, screws and washers.
m.. Sealant, Adhesives and Lubricants - It is good to have some different types of glues and sealant on hand. Epoxy, glue or caulking materials will help for bonding jobs, while lubricants like oil or WD40 will help loosen drawers or windows.