The Essential Homeowner Toolbox

Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Every home should have a full toolbox, whether you are a new or seasoned homeowner. Here are what tools every house should have.

  1. Toolbox

A toolbox is important for keeping your things organized. Large-capacity plastic toolboxes with a metal latch are best as they close securely. A removable tray works well to hold fasteners.

  1. Drill and drill bits

Multipurpose, battery-powered drills and drivers can be used for a multitude of tasks. In addition to the drill, you should purchase a pack of drill bits, with a selection of slotted, square-drive, and Phillips-head drive bits in a variety of sizes.

  1. Hammer

You should only need two hammers to begin with, one heavyweight and one lightweight. The size of the hammer you use should correspond with the size of the nail. This means that the bigger the nail, the heavier the hammer should be.

  1. Hacksaw

A cutting tool is a necessity in any home toolbox. An all-purpose hacksaw can be used for cutting plastic and metal pipes, conduit, tubing, brackets, bolts, wood, and threaded rods.

  1. Adjustable wrench

An adjustable wrench can be adjusted to fit nuts and bolts of different sizes. One or two adjustable wrenches should be perfect for your new toolbox.

  1. Nails and screws

Keep a good selection of general-purpose nails and screws so you’ll always have options for any projects you need to do.

  1. Tape measure

A retractable, lockable measure has many uses. Be sure to get one that is at least 25’.

  1. Utility knife

Utility knives can be used for breaking down boxes, removing old caulk, making precision cuts, and a multitude of other tasks.

  1. Screwdrivers

In addition to a battery-powered drill, you should also purchase a set of manual screwdrivers. These work well for simpler jobs, such as changing a switch place. Consider purchasing a variety pack with multiple types of screwdrivers or one screwdriver with interchangeable heads.

  1. Pliers

Buy a set of pliers with a variety of types and sizes. Channel-lock pliers are good for work on larger pipes and valves. Needle-nose pliers are great for getting in tight spaces. Electrician’s pliers are great to strip and cut wires. Locking pliers are a great multipurpose gripping tool.

  1. Duct tape

Duct tape is great for quick fixes around the house when you can’t fix something immediately. It has a thick, woven back that adheres to almost anything.

  1. Safety gear

For any project, you should take necessary safety precautions. Make sure to have plastic and leather-type gloves, protective goggles, ear protection, and dust masks.

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