Homeowners Guide: 12 Must Have Tools for Home
Monday, August 18, 2014 4:41:34 PM Australia/Sydney
Every homeowner who wants to embark on a DIY project needs at least basic tools for home improvement. Having just a few of these handy tools for home can save you a lot of time and money. If you have the right tools for home repair jobs you can fix the problems yourself without calling in an expensive electrician or plumber.
If you want to get in some necessary tools for home use but don’t know where to start, here is our official homeowners’ guide to the 12 must have tools for home.
Having a toolbox isn’t just a neat way of storing all of your household tools: it is also a time and safety issue. Having a toolbox will make it easier to carry your tools in and around your home and garden, and a locked toolbox is essential if you want to keep your children from playing with hacksaws.
2. Screwdrivers (Phillips and Flathead)
Screwdrivers are an essential part of any toolkit, but they come in different shapes and sizes. At the very least, you should have a medium-sized Phillips (crosshead) and Flathead screwdriver each, which should allow you to do the basics like screw on door handles or put up flat-pack furniture.
Pliers are great for holding small objects in place, and can also be used the ply and bend a variety of materials, including metal. Quality pliers with long needle nose heads can last a lifetime if properly cared for, so invest in a pair and let them become a staple in your toolbox.
4. Allen keys (Hex Tool)
Allen keys (also known as a hex tool) aren’t the most obvious necessary tools for the home, but these little keys are actually essential to numerous home repair situations. You will probably be familiar with Allen keys if you own a bike, as they are often used to separate bike parts for replacement and repair. However, they hexagonal keys are also necessary for building some items of flat-pack furniture, so are useful for homeowners and bike-lovers alike.
The humble hammer is obviously one of the key tools for homeowners. Pick a hammer that is hardy but lightweight, and it will serve you for a number of key home repairs.
6. Adjustable wrench
An adjustable wrench does what its name implies: it combines multiple standard wrench sizes into one handy adjustable tool, making it one of the best tools for home workshop use. An adjustable wrench usually doubles as a combination wrench, and can be used as both an open-end and box-end spanner.
7. Utility Knife
A good quality utility knife will last a long time and will help you with numerous tasks, from resizing linoleum to cutting tubing. The number one tip here is to keep the blade sharp by sharpening it or replacing it when necessary.
8. Power drill (with drill bit set)
A power drill, preferably a reversible drill, is the only power tool that a homeowner really needs. While a cordless drill is handy to have, a corded drill will likely be cheaper and also guarantees that you never run out of power mid-job. Ensure that you get a variety of drill-bits so that you can always put your power drill to use, whether for screwing or unscrewing.
While one can always hazard a guess at whether an object is level or not, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Ensuring that any work you do is level will not only make sure that the end product is more aesthetically pleasing, but also prevents any problems that would result from uneven work, such as leaking from uneven pipes.
10. Wire cutters
Wire cutters are essential tools for home workshop use, as these specialised pliers help with any number of electrical repair jobs by easily allowing you to score and strip the plastic coverings of wires in order to connect and reconnect electricity. Wire cutters require a bit more know-how than other items on this list, but once mastered, wire cutters are infinitely useful.
11. Electrical tester pen or voltage detector
Electrical tester pens do one job and they do it well: they tell you if something has an electrical current running through it. Before doing any kind of electrical work, you should always double check that what you are working on is safe by testing the area with an electrical tester pen. Spending a few seconds double-checking can quite easily save your life.
12. Combination square
A combination square is perhaps one of the key tools for a home workshop if you plan on doing any woodworking or metalworking at home, as they are an all-in-one solution to ensuring that your home repair work is level and that all of your angles are correct. A good combination square will allow you to measure 90° and 45° angles as well as straight lines, and also usually come with an in-built level gauge.
Overall, a good set of basic tools for home renovation, improvement or repair is essential for any homeowner who wants to care for their home. Invest in these tools and you will save yourself money down the road, whilst also learning new skills and improving both yourself and your home.