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The 7 Essential Tools That Every Home DIY-er Should Have

Whether it’s a leaky roof or a clogged pipes, there’s never a convenient time for a repair emergency. However, having the right tools on hand can minimize the inconvenience and provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Though some repairs – like faulty wiring or a major mechanical problem – require a professional, most home repair problems can be taken care of easily with a little know-how. You can purchase specialty tools at an online tools store like JCCayer or even at any local hardware store, but here are the basics that should be in any home owner or renter’s tool box.

1. Claw Hammer

A decent-size claw hammer – say in the 16 to 20 ounce range – is provides more than just a way to pound nails. A hammer with a smooth face and a flat claw will also allow you to remove nails, act as a mini pry bar or even remove small dents from metal if you use a light touch. Invest in a good one, and it may be the only hammer you’ll ever need.

2. Saws

Sure scissors or even a good kitchen knife can cut in an emergency, but there are many places around the home that a saw will come in handy. If you have to choose between a standard handsaw and a hacksaw, which is notable for its shape and removable blades, choose a hacksaw. The replacement blades come several to a package, and you can purchase blades that will cut through wood as well as metal and masonry. A medium-sized saw will cover most basic needs.

3. Wrenches

Due to the various shapes and sizes of bolts, it’s best to buy a kit that has contains wrenches in variable metric and standard measurements. Make sure to buy a set of the best quality material you can afford, as sometimes a lot of force is required if you encounter a stubborn fastener. You could also opt for an adjustable wrench or two, which can cover multiple jobs, as well as a good pipe wrench for plumbing problems.

4. Measuring Tools

At the very least, you should purchase one tape measure, a standard ruler and a straight edge or yard stick. The tape measure should be at least 25-feet long and 1 inch wide for stability, with a metal overhang at the beginning for hooking onto edges when you don’t have someone to help you.

5. Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers range from the tiny ones used in eyeglass repair to massive drivers that are suitable for industrial use. You should have at least one large and one small with each Phillips and standard heads. If you can find a high-quality screwdriver with detachable heads, it’s a good option to consider.

6. Pliers

Pliers are great for pulling nails in a pinch as well as holding an item steady while you use another tool to make the repair, as in opening pipes. A mid-sized set of pliers is a good starter tool.

7. Fasteners

You should keep a range of screws, bolts and nails in different sizes. Save any from previous repairs that are still in good condition to use on the next job. You should also keep at least one roll of duct tape and one roll of electrical tape in your tools box as well.

Parting advice: buy the highest quality tools that you can afford. The initial investment will pay for itself after just a few uses, whereas the cost of replacing cheap equipment defeats your main purpose, which is to save time and money.

 

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