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15 Tools Every Home Needs

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15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

 

The following items are essential tools and equipment, but this particular list is by no means includes all tools you may need for residential projects and repairs.

 

1.  Plunger


A clogged drain or toilet is one of the more bothersome household troubles that you might face. With a plunger on hand, however, you can usually remedy these plumbing issues relatively quickly. It is best to have two plungers -- one for the sink and one for the toilet.

 

2.  Combination Wrench Set

A single end of the combination wrench set is open and the opposite end is a closed loop. Nuts and bolts are produced in standard and metric dimensions, and because both varieties are widely used, you’ll need both sets of wrenches. For the most control and leverage, always pull the wrench toward you, instead than pushing on it. Also, avoid over-tightening.

3.  Slip-Joint Pliers

Use slip-joint pliers to grab hold of a nail, a nut, a bolt, and much more. These types of pliers are extremely versatile mainly because of the jaws, which offer both flat and curved areas for gripping many kinds of materials. There is also a built-in slip-joint, which enables the individual to quickly adjust the jaw size to suit many tasks.

4.  Adjustable Wrench

Adjustable wrenches tend to be somewhat difficult to utilize and can damage a bolt or nut if they are not handled correctly. Nevertheless, adjustable wrenches are perfect for situations where you need two wrenches of the very same size. Screw the jaws all the way closed to prevent causing damage to the bolt or nut.

5.  Caulking Gun

Caulking is the process of sealing in cracks and holes in various structures and certain kinds of piping. Caulking is able to create sound mitigation and thermal insulation, and control water penetration also. Caulk should be applied only to areas that are clean as well as dry.

 

6.  Flashlight

None of the tools in this checklist are of any benefit if you can't visually inspect the situation. The problem, and solution, are noticeable only with a good flashlight. A traditional two-battery flashlight is usually adequate, because larger flashlights may be too unwieldy.

 

7.  Tape Measure

Measuring house projects requires a tape measure -- not a ruler or a yardstick. Tape measures are available in numerous lengths, although 25 feet is ideal.  Measure everything at least two times to guarantee accuracy.

 

8.  Hacksaw

A hacksaw is useful for cutting metal objects, such as pipes, bolts and brackets. Hacksaws look thin and flimsy, but they’ll quickly cut through even the hardest of metals. Blades are exchangeable, so concentrate your purchase on a top quality hacksaw frame.

 

9. Torpedo Level

Nothing but a level can be used to determine if an item, like a shelf, home appliance or picture, is properly oriented. The torpedo-style level is unique because it not only indicates when an object is completely horizontal or upright, but it also has a gauge that shows when an object is at a 45-degree angle. The bubble in the viewfinder must be exactly in the middle -- not merely close.

10.  Safety Glasses / Goggles

For all jobs including a hammer or a power tool, you should always wear safety glasses or goggles. They should also be worn while you mix chemicals.

11.  Claw Hammer

A great hammer is among the numerous essential tools you can posses.  Take advantage of it to push and to pry timber loose through the household, plus in combination along with other tools. They show up in a range of sizes, although a 16-ounce hammer is the best all-purpose option.

12.  Screwdriver Set

It is recommended to have four screwdrivers: a small and big form of both a flathead and a Phillips-head screwdriver. Electric screwdrivers are occasionally convenient.  Small hand screwdrivers can get into even more areas plus they are much less likely to harm the screw.

13.  Wire Cutters

Wire cutters are pliers manufactured to cut cables and wires. The side-cutting style (unlike the more effective end-cutting style) is helpful, but not sufficient to cut small nails.

14.  Respirator / Security Mask

While paints along with other coatings are nowadays manufactured to be much less harmful (and lead-free) compared to past years, many homes nevertheless contain harmful chemical substances, which is the reason why you really want to put on a mask to prevent unintentionally inhaling. A mask should additionally be used whenever undertaking work in dirty and unkept environments. Disposable masks usually are available in packages of 10 and really should be tossed away after use. Complete and half-face respirators can also be used to avoid the breathing of very fine particles that ordinary face masks will possibly not keep out.

15.  Duct Tape

This tape is very effective and adaptable. Initially, it had been extensively designed to make short-term repairs to numerous kinds of army gear. Today, it’s one of the essential items specified for home disaster kits since it is water-resistant and extremely gluey.

 

 

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