Every Home needs one - be PREPARED!
A well-equipped toolbox is essential for completing jobs around the home – everything from hanging a picture frame to putting together furniture or doing major home improvements. Here are the tools everyone should own, from the most minimalist toolbox to a kit for the experienced DIYer.
First, let’s talk about how you’re going to acquire all these handy tools. Racking them all up at once could run you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The smartest course is to buy the basic tools you need to have on hand just in case and any additional ones you need for the project you’re doing; then pick up others along the way with each new project. This will also help you buy the best quality tools you can buy – a necessity if you don’t care for tools that snap or break after a few uses.
Wondering if you should rent or buy? If you’re only going to use it once (like a floor sander), definitely rent. If you’re likely to use it at least once a year, buy. Look for sales (hello, Father’s Day!) and refurbished tools you can get from resale stores or even yard sales.
Use the list provided by Home Maintenance Toolkit for Dummies as a guild to help fully stock your own Toolkit!
Basic Equipment Other Handy Equipment
Bucket, 5-gallon Brass brush, toothbrush-size
Caulking gun Chisels, cold and wood
Circular saw Construction screws, assorted
Clamps Cutting oil
Claw hammer Duct tape
Combination square or speed square Nails, assorted
Drill, cordless, 3/8-inch variable-speed reversible Nylon scrub brush
Drill bit set Paintbrush
Flat scraper or putty knife Rags and towels
Glue, wood and all-materials (not Super Glue) Shims
Hand saw, small, multipurpose Silicone lubricant
Ladder, 6-foot fiberglass Shop vacuum cleaner
Level, 36- or 48-inch aluminum Small sledgehammer
Pliers, standard (slip-joint), long-nose Channel lock, and Sponge
Wire-cutter (diagonal) Toothbrushes
Gloves, rubber gloves and leather Wood screws, assorted
Sandpaper and sanding block
Screwdrivers, several sizes of both flathead and Phillips
Tape measure, 25-foot
Utility knife and extra blades
Wrenches, basic set of open-ended crescent wrenches, set of ratcheting socket wrenches, and set Allen wrenches
Finally, remember to put your tools back in the same spot after every use, whether you store them in a simple drawer, an actual toolbox, or a full-fledged workshop. (Trust me, it’s really no fun walking around your house wondering where your wrench is when a pipe is leaking.)
Happy Home Maintenance!
~ From your friends at JB Home Inspection
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