The Right Tool Shall Set You Free! -Anonymous
Over the years, I’ve realized that I tend to use some tools more often than the others. Tools like a flashlight or a basic drill are so versatile and inexpensive, these tools should be in the toolbag of every homeowner! Then there are tools that you may not use often like the fire-extinguisher, but you don’t want to wait till disaster strikes!
If you are a homeowner, make sure you are covered when it comes to basic tools.
A flashlight is no doubt very useful, you know what’s even more versatile? A Headlight! Frees both your hands and illuminates your workarea as your head turns. I can’t remember when was the last time I chose a flashlight over a headlight! Get a headlight with an adjustable focus. I found that little feature extremely useful.
A hammer is probably one of the oldest tools around and there isn’t much you can do to improve it! You can drive nails and you can remove nails – and if you own a home, you are going to do that quite often! Get a sturdy hammer with a comfort grip for shock absorption.
Gone are the days when you had to physically touch a live wire to tell if it was live or not. Now you get non-contact testers that both flashes and gives an audible beep when you bring the tester close to a hot wire. Indispensable and saved me from getting electrocuted more than once!
If there is one job I hate, it is hanging pictures. You would think by now there would be a better way to put pictures up level and straight, but no! Picture Frame technology is still the same. BUT, the technology behind levelers have greatly improved! Here’s one tool that I endorse wholeheartedly! It’s a traditional bubble level with a laser pointer with both a visual and an audible level indicator and to top it all, even has a suction holder! And trust me, you WILL make use of all of the above features!
Sockets, wrenches and pliers
Assembling furniture, replacing faucets, stripping wires – each job requires a different set of tools and there isn’t one tool that does it all. Sockets, wrenches and pliers are an absolute must. Save some money by buying a kit rather than individual pieces.
A drill is used for fastening, drilling and cleaning jobs. Yes, I said cleaning. More specifically bath tub cleaning and for removing soap scums! There are drill bits for almost anything including a brushes for cleaning nuts, bolts, kitchen sinks and even bath tubs! Have a portable drill with at least two batteries and good set of drill bits.
No matter what tool you use, always remember, safety first. Nothing is worth an eye or an arm or a leg! Safety goggles, Fire extinguisher, fire escape ladder, dust masks, ear muffs and gloves. Make sure you have them all.
I’m no expert, but having owned a home for a few years, these, in my opinion, are the absolute minimum tools a homeowner will need!
My favorite would be the headband flashlight tool, what’s yours?