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Your fuse may trip, faucet may drip, doorknob may get locked or screws may get jammed, but these are petty chores that you don’t want to hire a super for.
Having your own home is all fun and wholesome until you can’t call the homeowner to fix that dripping sink. But be at ease, because you can fix it yourself, if you have the right tools at your disposal.
These tools are the best friend of every new homeowner and also their most loyal one.
Top 10 Essential Tools for Homeowners
Below, you will know exactly the must haves and their uses, so that you never have to panic over a locked door again.
1.Screwdriver: Used to drive screws and used most often.
Here’s the thing, all these equipment have different types of screws. So you need a screwdriver with a reversible shaft and some common heads with a few different sizes.
For instance, having two or three sizes of the Phillips head and the flat head will cover most of your work. But if you simply buy the screwdriver set, you will find all the different types and sizes within it.
- To assemble furniture
- Installing cabinet knobs
- Driving screws in the wall or anywhere else
- Unscrewing casings on products
2.Drill/Driver: Mainly used drilling holes and for driving screws.
Drills will do the job for you without you having to put your force into it.
I recommend cordless drills as they’re safer. Battery powered drills last a decent amount of time, so device downtime isn’t an issue.
I also recommend checking a few before buying as they differ in weights in order to buy one that is most comfortable for you.
- Hanging pictures or shelves on the wall
- Driving bolts into the wall (e.g. to mount a TV)
- Tightening hinges
- Drilling holes for doorknobs
3.Claw Hammer: The most common type of hammer owned by homeowners.
A lightweight hammer, not more than 16 ounces, should do the job for you.
While purchasing, check if the grip is comfortable. Further, check for minimum vibration from the hammer to your hand.
- Pounding nails in wood using the flat head side
- Extracting nails from wood using the claw side
- Pounding to flatten a bump on a surface
4.Utility Knife: Used for maintenance tasks, and all kinds of chores
It is simply more reliable than the kitchen knife, because you can change the blade when it gets dull.
You can buy whichever feels good in your hand; the size doesn’t matter. But always keep spare blades.
- Slicing through plastic, wallpaper, cardboard, carpet and wire
- Cut packaging of new boxed items
- Scrape off paint and caulk
- Strip wire to remove the coating
5.Pliers: Helps you to hold things.
Basically, anything your hands are too big to grab and twist or bend, can be held with a plier.
Both needle nose pliers and adjustable pliers are useful. But for now, you can make do with a needle nose plier.
- Loosening and tightening hardware with proper grip
- Holding onto weirdly shaped objects
- Grabbing wires or nails to bend them
- To snap wires
- Attaching two materials together
6.Tape Measures: To measure accurately, a tape measure is indispensable.
While any tape works fine, a good quality tape will let you convert those measurements to other units. This will help you to make faster and better decisions.
- To cut a board to a certain length
- To center a painting
- To know the square area before buying paint
- Measuring the right height to hang paintings
- Checking space before moving or buying a furniture
7.Putty Knives: Not the most common tool to have but will help you to smoothen things
When you buy, check for stiffness but buy the one that bends a little under pressure. Also, make sure the material is metal and at least 2 inch long.
- Applying caulk around a window or a sealed door
- Filling cracks in your wall
- Scrape away caulk, glue or painting
8.Wrench: Any plumbing emergency will ask for a wrench to come and save the day.
The perks of having the adjustable wrench is once you adjust it; it is set and doesn’t loosen. For turning nuts and bolts, you won’t find a more useful tool.
In addition, the long handle makes it easier to work in tight spaces, while the tightness gives you more control.
- Tightening and loosening hex bolt fitting of sinks and baths
- Fixing dripping faucets, clogged sink
- Fitting nuts and bolts of furniture
9.Saw: If you’re cutting something hard like wood, then put utility knife away and take the Hacksaw.
You’re most likely to need one when you have a pipe issue at your place. It cuts via the usual push and pull stroke and is much safer than knives.
The only recommendations for buying hacksaws are buy something lightweight, like a Japanese saw. Adding to that, buy extra blades.
- Cutting wood or trimming wood
- Slicing through pipes and conduit
- Cutting metal bars and rods
10.Level: Used to level things.
Seeing a crooked clock or picture gives most people anxiety. A laser level is a good quality level to satisfy your symmetry urges. Although pricier than the common level, still inexpensive compared to the other tools in our list.
However, to get a reliable product with better features, like producing bright horizontal lines, you will have to up the price.
- Setting straight hangings on the wall; for instance, hanging perfectly horizontal shelves, mirror, pictures or clocks
While all these can be found for a minimal price, buying better qualities will require some expenditure. Nevertheless, that will ensure more safety and durability.
However, items like the hacksaw and the utility life involve more risk than the others. Therefore, all these tools should be used with caution.
Anyway, if you got any questions for us, let us know in the comments section.