Just bought your first home? Fill your toolbox with these essentials so you’ll be prepared for home improvement projects or emergencies.
Drill and Drill Bits
A multipurpose, battery-powered drill and driver can be used for a large number of tasks. Buy a pack of drill bits with a good selection of Phillips-head, slotted and square-drive bits all in a variety sizes so you’ll be prepared for whatever repair jobs come your way.
Adjustable Crescent Wrench
You probably don’t need a full set of wrenches, just get one or two adjustable wrenches; since its jaws may be adjusted to fit nuts and bolts of different sizes. Some self-adjusting wrenches are self-ratcheting, meaning you don’t have to remove them from the bolt to tighten it.
Two hammers should be enough to start your toolbox. Get one heavyweight and one lightweight. Rule of thumb: The size of the hammer should correspond to the size of the nail. The bigger the nail, the heavier the hammer should be. For outdoor projects and big construction projects go for a basic claw hammer. A pin hammer is a lightweight hammer used to drive in small fasteners such as panel pins and tacks.
Keep an electrical extension cord around the house. They come in handy for outdoor parties, getting a little extra light into a dark corner and of course, home improvement projects.
You should get at least one cutting tool, bigger than a utility knife. For less than $20, a good all-purpose hacksaw can be used for cutting plastic and metal pipes, tubing, conduit, threaded rods, brackets, bolts, and wood.
A retractable, lockable tape measure is a tiny tool with a ton of uses. You’ll find it indispensable when you need to measure for window blinds, rugs, furniture or hanging artwork. Get one that is at least 25’ in case you have to measure a room’s square footage or need to do some measuring in the yard.
Yeah, you can just stand on a chair, but you’ll find a sturdy step stool necessary for everything from changing light bulbs to dusting the cobwebs out of corners to hanging drapery.
Even if you have a battery-operated drill/driver, get a set of manual screwdrivers for the simple jobs like changing out a switch plate or tightening a cabinet knob. Get a variety pack with different types of screwdrivers – Phillips, slotted, Pozidriv – or get one screwdriver with interchangeable heads.
Even if you’re a renter without the need or desire to do any home improvement, you should own this tool for obvious reasons.
Buy a set of pliers that have a variety of types and sizes. Locking pliers are a good multipurpose gripping tool. Get channel-lock pliers for larger pipes and valves. Small needle-nose pliers are great for getting into tight spaces and also handy if you’re a crafter. Electrician’s pliers have a fine point and can usually strip and cut wires.
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Source: HGTV, Jacquelyn McGilvray 2017