Unlike home improvement projects, home repairs typically come unexpected, so you don’t get to prepare a convenient “tools and equipment needed” list. Instead, you either have to work with what you have, or go out and buy some tools. If you’d like to avoid an unnecessary trip to the hardware store in the future, consider keeping the following kinds of tools handy in your home:
The majority of items in your home have components that are held together by screws, which is why it’s imperative to have a variety of screwdrivers on hand. This would include a collection of flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers of varying sizes, as well as additions that are compatible with less common screw drives (the slot shape on a screw that allows for it to be turned), including square, hex, pentagon, slot, cross, Robertson and Frearson. You can avoid having to buy dozens of screwdrivers by opting for a magnetic tip screwdriver with interchangeable attachments.
Wrenches and Pliers
It’s also important to have a good mix of wrenches, including socket, open-end, combination, adjustable, Allen, torque, and pipe wrenches. A good set of adjustable all-purpose pliers and a pair of wire cutters are also good to have around. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a great deal of time shopping for separate items, as specialty tool sets typically include all of the wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers you could ever need and more.
Power Drill and Accessories
Power drill kits come with numerous attachments that greatly simplify and expedite the process of fixing and building almost anything. A cordless power drill is preferred, as wires tend to get in the way and cause frustration. Most common models let you attach screw bits, wrench fittings, dremel bits, and virtually any other kind of tool interface that spins.
Yes, it seems odd that a simple hammer would require its own section, but it truly is the staple of all stay at home moms. A hammer gives you that extra brute power and leverage needed to perform tasks that are usually reserved for the “man of the house.” Even so, be sure to get one with a rubber-grip handle to avoid accidental finger-smashing. For those of you who have trouble with your hammering accuracy, it’s best to buy a slim, lightweight hammer with a thin metal neck and a large head.