Homeowners Tool Kit
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According to Walt Kowalski (played by Clint Eastwood) in the movie, Gran Torino, half of household chores can be completed with just three things: WD-40, a vise grip and a roll of duct tape. While those items are a good start, a better-equipped toolbox will come in handy when you’re working on jobs around the home.
Invest over time and get good quality tools that will last. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned DIYer, here are some essentials every homeowner should have.
From putting together holiday toys to prying the lids off paint cans, screwdrivers are indispensable for simple tasks. Look for flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers in various sizes. These often come in kits. Choose magnetic tips and comfortable grips to make screwing or unscrewing easier.
Every toolbox needs a hammer. Or two. Consider a heavier-weight version and a lightweight one. Use a basic claw hammer for outdoor projects and putting furniture together. For lesser jobs, select a pin hammer, a lightweight hammer used to drive in small fasteners such as panel pins and tacks. Rubber, plastic, or vinyl handles offer shock absorption and a better grip.
This versatile tool can be used to grip as pliers or as a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet or a clamp. Standard 5-10WR pliers are good for most household chores.
A retractable, lockable tape measure is a tiny tool with a ton of uses. You can use it to measure for window blinds, rugs and furniture or to hang artwork. Get one that is at least 25 feet to allow you to measure a room’s square footage or measure outdoors.
Essential for emergencies, of course, flashlights are also helpful in home projects when you are working in low light.
For opening boxes, cutting through industrial wrapping and more, the utility knife is a toolbox workhorse. Choose one with built-in blade storage and a rubber-covered handle for comfort.
One of the best parts of setting up a new home is hanging what you love – art, photos or mementos. For these tasks, a stud finder can be your best friend. Choose magnetic or digital.
While you’re at it, take your hanging skills to the next level. A level ensures you don’t hang or install anything crooked. Choose a 3- to 4-foot metal level which can double as a straight edge or for hands-free leveling, go with a laser level.
Although you can do without an electric drill, most people find they’re pretty valuable once they’ve taken them for a test spin. Cordless drills are convenient for working anywhere, but the corded kinds are less expensive and don’t require battery replacements.
A step stool is more secure than standing on a chair and will prove helpful to change light bulbs, dust cobwebs or hang pictures or drapery.
Safety Gear/Other Supplies
Though not standard tools, a well-outfitted toolbox should also include safety goggles, work gloves, dust masks, superglue and, of course, duct tape and WD-40.
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