Key lock has broken, kitchen drawer is stuck, Grandma’s new photo frame needs to be hanged or other numerous jobs, all of them require having some basic home repair tools to accomplish fixing things. Summoning electrician or technician for every such petty job may cost you a fortune, so why not save money by learning doing these tasks yourself.
Naysayers would say home tools are useless, but enough home repair tools might be the best things to own. Professional tool accumulators say even having 25 basic tools is insufficient, a good range of home tools exceeds 45 easily. Many of you tinkerers would probably be familiar with most, if not all, of the tools listed below. Most of the following tools can also be used for doing work that they were not designed for. Our list will amaze you with the kind of tasks that can easily be accomplished with these basic tools.
List of Tools for repair
Everyone agrees that it is a good practice to wear safety glasses when working with tools. Many people overlook this important precaution. Kindly try to make it a habit, because safety glasses protect the most important, yet unreplaceable tools of your body – your eyes!
Screwdrivers come in two variants: flathead and Phillips. Nowadays, a screwdriver has switchable heads, thus occupying less space and making both heads available to you all the time. Make sure you buy quality screwdrivers since cheap ones quickly become useless and wear out easily. A rubber handle can give you extra grip and a magnetic tip aids screwing/unscrewing.
Hammer is an indispensable tool. For multipurpose usage, a hammer with straights claws and flat face is a perfect choice. Flat, smooth surface is used to drive nails in and claw does the opposite (it pulls them out). However, only steel and fiberglass handles are capable of pulling nails. They also serve as levers and help remove bottle caps.
A pair of either locking or adjustable pliers is a good tool to own. Locking pliers are deemed superior to normal pliers, because they do not slip. They are good tools for easy removal of bolts, nuts or even screws. They are capable of locking in place thus becoming clamps as well. They are strong enough to bend or squeeze metal or other flexible material.
It is advisable to own a tape measure having width of around 2.5 cm and length of 5 meters or more. A wide tape is rigid, thus eliminating the need of an assistant to hold and extend it straight. A tape measure can help you measure the width of windows for ordering curtains and height of your kids. Or it can even help in figuring out if a piece of furniture is going to fit properly in a given space. If you are lazy, tape measure’s hook can be used to drag a tool lying just outside your reach too.
A utility knife has a study triangular blade which can easily retract into the handle. It is comparatively much safer to use, store and carry than fixed blades. While using a retractable knife, make sure the screw of the handle is tight at all times. Otherwise, the razor-sharp blade might slip through and harm you badly with cuts. A good utility knife can cut dry walls, fiber-glass insulation and wallpaper. If you are careful enough, you can sharpen your pencil, clean your fingernails and open packages! It is recommended to buy a utility knife with rubber-covered handles and inbuilt blade storage.
For short heighted people, a six foot stepladder can come as a blessing. Things which are beyond your reach can be accessed from a ladder easily. A six-footer takes up less space and works brilliantly inside the house.
A pair of needle-nose pliers can easily serve as a wire cutter and even a stripper. Rubber-insulated handles are good for use in cold days and safe for electrical work. They can remove and install small nuts and bolts. Their needle nose can help insert small parts in inaccessible spots.
A drill machine is an electrician’s grail and an indispensable electric tool. Be it drilling a hole in the wall to hang your wedding’s photo frame or making a hole in the wall, a drill can do it in minutes. Drill machines can also insert, tighten and remove screws. If buffer is installed, it will do polishing and become a stirrer for mixing paints well.
Hacksaw is an inexpensive tool as well as an efficient instrument for cutting metal. It has an adjustable handle to adjust blade tension to prevent it from twisting. A good hacksaw works excellently for almost all kinds of work. Apart from cutting metal, a rigid hacksaw can cut glass or ceramic objects too. Make sure you buy a hacksaw that allows for replacing blades.
Instead of keeping a set of dozen open-end wrenches, a good adjustable wrench can turn out to be the most appropriate tool to have in your tool box. It is like having multiple wrenches in one. An adjustable wrench can remove nuts and bolts and give more torque while turning. It can also help in plumbing and related fixtures.
We hope these tools will find their place in your tool box and make your fixing easy and fun!