Creating a toolkit to have around your home is a must. Whether you are hanging a picture, tightening a loose screw, assembling a piece of furniture, or undertaking a larger do-it-yourself (DIY) project, the right tool is critical for success and safety.
So what tools should be included in the home toolkit? Here are some suggestions for must-haves:
- The Container: A lightweight plastic or fabric case/tote with an open top for easy access and movement.
- Claw Hammer: A medium weight hammer with a curved claw to pull out nails.
- Screwdrivers: Two basic screwdrivers are really all you need. A standard, medium-sized flathead (slot), and a Phillips screwdriver. The screwdriver sets are really tempting, but in the end, you will use the same one or two most of the time, so why spend the money or take up space. To save even more space, use a convertible screwdriver that features both Philips and flathead bits that can be interchanged.
- Pliers: Definitely get the needle nose kind and consider also getting heavy, grooved pliers for removing large screws or staples. Some pliers have integrated wire cutters, which is a nice feature to have and saves your scissors from getting dull.
- Tape Measure: Get at least 25’ as it will work for most jobs, including measuring furniture and flooring.
- Level: This is absolutely necessary if you plan to hang your items straight. Invest in a good one though, as accuracy is important.
- Nails and Screws: You can purchase prepacked sets or make your own. Pick up a multi-compartment plastic box with a lid at the dollar store and fill it with various sizes.
- Adjustable Wrench: There is no need for an entire wrench set with the adjustable since it adjusts to what you need. The best size for most everything around the house is 8 inches.
- Flashlight: While you may have this in your house already, purchase another one for your toolkit. That way, you don’t have to go looking for it.
- Utility Knife: How many times have you used keys or a knife to open something? Make sure you get the type that stores new blades. Also, ensure you change the blade frequently, as dull blades lead to painful cuts.
- Stud Finder: When hanging heavier items, you need to nail or screw into a stud behind the wall. And if your significant other is like mine, they hold the tool, and say, “Found one.”
- Pencil: For marking where to drill or writing down a measurement.
- Wire Cutter: If you don’t have this in your pliers, it’s a great thing to have on hand.
- Safety Gear: Put a pair of safety glasses and work gloves in your kit to protect your precious eyes and fingers.
Now that you have assembled your home toolkit, keep it in your hall closet, kitchen pantry, or laundry room, so it is within easy reach when you want it. Do you need some help getting your home back in order after a DIY project? The Cleaning Authority has all the cleaning tools to deep clean your house from top to bottom. Contact us today.