Tool Kit for Home Repair

26 03 2010

Your home is most likely your largest investment.  So not only do you want to stay on top of keeping it updated and looking great, you probably want to keep it running great too.  The secret that most specialists don’t want you to know is that it is easy to fix most common problems.  Usually it consists of taking something apart, replacing the defective part and putting it back together.  So fairly easy, and since we aren’t cavemen anymore, it gets even easier if you have the right tools.  So here is a rundown of what I would suggest for you to keep in a handy little toolbox or handyman bag under your sink.

Pliers:

  • Large slip-joint
  • Long-nose
  • Needlenose

Multi-bit Ratchet Screwdriver

Hammer:

  • Either a Ball Pein Hammer or a Heavy Claw Hammer
  • Mallet

Superbar-I wanted to include a picture of this because it has turned into one of my favorite tools to have since it can basically do anything you want it to do from taking out nails, removing trim, banging on something, etc.

Adjustable Wrench: Both Large and Small

Putty Knife

Awl-since it has a sharp metal point with a handle it is an ideal tool when you need something sharp

Hex Keys/Allen Wrenches (These are what you use to put IKEA furniture together so a set with handles really makes this job smooth)

Combination Square -an all in one measuring tool for hanging anything that includes a level, protractor and ruler

Tape Measure

2 Pipe Wrenches-when you take apart pipe you will need one for each segment you are working with at a time

Power Drill and Bit Set -I personally stay away from girly tools because often times the makers don’t give it the same amount of power as the men’s version.  I am also a much bigger fan of the corded variety as the power often dwindles on the cordless when I am less than halfway through a job and I’m not big on taking breaks.

Odds and Ends:

  • Assorted Fasteners Kit (includes hooks and screws for hanging pictures)
  • Picture Hanging Wire
  • WD-40
  • Liquid Cement
  • Stud Finder (You always need one of these for when the job just gets too big-I kid)
  • C-Clamp
  • Rubber Jar Opener
  • Magnet
  • Gloves (I like both a set for demolition and some latex for things like staining.)
  • Safety Goggles

Funny story, growing up my dad bought us tools for Christmas’ and such, so when I moved out I had a pretty impressive tool collection.  When we started working on the house a friend came over to help and he was surprised by how many tools John had.  When John admitted the tools were mine, I thought Lewis was going to fall off his ladder he was so shocked!!

Anyway, I hope this helps in starting to build your tool library.  Tools can be pretty pricy to go out and get right away so my best suggestion would be start building your supply slowly.  Maybe pick up a tool every time you go to the store for other purchases.  Other ideas are to pick up tools on the cheap at either garage sales, estate sales or even your local thrift store.  I just picked up a screwdriver (broke the end off of mine on the last project) at my local salvation army store yesterday for .75 cents.  And if you absolutely want to buy new and for a little less check out the deals at Harbor Freight.  When we were working on our house this was the go to place for us.

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