Walk into any home improvement store and you could become overwhelmed with all the choices when it comes to filling the household toolbox. While some homeowners have a garage full of so many tools Bob Villa would be envious, you don’t need to have a ton of tools for basic home repairs and maintenance. These are the top ten tools that every home owner needs.
1. Screwdriver Set
This is an invaluable tool, not only for screws but also to pry and loosen. Look for a set that has 3-4 Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. You can also get a set that has removable bits to lessen space taken up. Magnetic tips are a handy bonus feature.
2. Claw Hammer
If you’re going to hang pictures or repair loose fence boards, then you’ll need a claw hammer. When shopping for one, Lowes Home Improvement suggests that you swing several 16 ounce hammers before you decide on one. You should be able to grip the handle comfortably, and the weight should be balanced.
Locking pliers are the most versatile to have in your toolbox. When looking to purchase a pair, look for grove-joint that adjust to grasp small or large items. These are good for large fasteners. Needle-nose pliers are ideal for working with wire.
4. Utility Knife
These are invaluable for cutting into moving boxes, or accurately cutting matting for picture frames. You want a standard-size model with a locking blade for safety reasons. Make sure to buy extra blades because using a dull blade can be very dangerous.
5. Tape Measure
A locking 25 foot measuring tape will suit most home owners’ needs. Purchase a model that is a heavy-duty one because it will allow up to measure without having someone else there.
A three-foot long level will provide you with the most use. Choose a smooth metal model so it can double as a straight edge.
7. Adjustable Wrench
An adjustable wrench should be easy to adjust and hold its size after being set.
This tool is great for trimming small tree limbs. The blade should be easy to switch out with new ones. Make sure to purchase extra blades because using a dull blade can be dangerous.
9. Duct Tape
With all the Pinterest projects using duct tape it might be easy to forget that this is actually a great item to repair and bind things. One thing to remember the adhesive on the tape should allow for initial adjustment but the tape will become stickier with time.
10. Cordless Drill
A 14-volt or 18-volt variable speed with reversing will cover most household jobs. Look for a key less channel which will make changing bits easier. And the battery should be recharging with lithium battery and you might want to consider getting an extra to keep in the charger so you don’t lose time waiting for the battery while working on a project.