If you’re a new homeowner or starting to take interest in home maintenance and home DIY, it’s best to know the tools you’ll be needing to keep your home in tip-top condition. Here are 11 tools you need to know and need to have for an efficient home maintenance:
There are two types of screwdrivers—a Philips screwdriver and a Flat Screwdriver.
The Philips screwdriver comes in various sizes, from size zero to four. To use it properly, your tool’s size must match the x-slotted Philips screw for a firm grip and tighter fit. Remember that your Philips screwdriver is only used for Philips screws.
Another type of this tool is a Flat head screwdriver, its body a wedge-shaped flat tip. It is used for screws with a straight head slot, fitted to the tool’s shape.
A screwdriver is a common tool at home, as it helps in home installations such as cabinets, chairs, tables, and many more. A screwdriver is the most used and abused tool at home, and can be used as a substitute for many other household tools.
Like screwdrivers, a hammer is a basic hand tool a home has. There are a lot of different types of hammers, but the most common and basic of them all is the Claw Hammer, used for basic house repairs and maintenance.
A hammer is usually used for hitting things. A most common example of this is when you stick a nail to the wall. However, aside from the purpose of hitting, a hammer’s claw can also be used to take out nails on the wall, and can also be used as lever.
- General Pliers
Pliers are another one of the most common tool in houses. It is a multi-purpose hand tool; they can be used for gripping bolts to holding objects to cutting and bending wires.
Pliers are great tools to have for home maintenance. When dealing with repairs, it has variety of uses—from tightening and loosening bolts to bending and cutting wires.
- Needle-nose pliers
Needle-nose pliers is another type of pliers with sharp and thin blades allowing them to bend, cut, and reposition wires. Its body is made of steel, and its handle made of insulated plastic or rubber for electric shock protection.
Needle-nose pliers are good to have when fixing electrical wires and cables at home. However, even though this is its main purpose, it’s also great for reaching tight spots and gripping small screws regular pliers can’t handle.
Hand saws are essential in carpentry or woodworking. Although there are a lot of power saws available nowadays, a hand saw is ideal for general sawing jobs, cutting both softwood, hardwood, and plywood.
There are different types of handsaws, perfect for different materials—from wood to metal to plastic. Having a handsaw at home is beneficial for when you decide to have home improvement projects or make new furniture.
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6: Wrench Set (Spanners)
A spanner is an adjustable wrench tool used for tightening or loosening different sizes of bolts and nuts. The body is made of chrome-plated steel to prevent corrosion.
Because of its small and lightweight build, spanners are usually used in plumbing repairs, especially on leaky faucets and pipes.
- Pipe Wrench
A pipe wrench is a basic type of wrench tool. In reference to its name, its general use is for tightening and loosening pipe joints. The pipe wrench’s self-tightening properties and hardened jaws secure grip on soft, iron pipes.
There are six main types of pipe wrenches, although the straight pipe wrench is the most basic and common pipe wrench for home use.
A pipe wrench is best to have when maintaining your bathroom and kitchen.
- Socket Set
A socket set is a type of wrench with a socket attached to one of its ends. Commonly, it is a handle with a 90-degree ratchet and a set of sockets in various sizes.
If you’re wondering, a ratchet is a type of round mechanism that releases when it moves to one direction and holds when it moves on the other direction.
Sockets are usually used to tighten fasteners like nuts and bolts in your home.
- Measuring Tape
A tape measure is an essential tool when working on projects that include precise measurements. It is a great use for building new furniture at home or simply measuring your space for renovations and redecorations.
- Cordless Drill
Cordless drills are easy to use tools that are versatile and good substitutes for other tools. It is mostly used for inserting pilot holes and screws to wood, drywall, and concrete to avoid breakage or wood splitting. This works well when you decide to put up posters and boards without damaging your wall.
- Drill Bits
A drill bit is the long steel material attached on a drill tool, used to create holes on wood. They are usually designed to spin clockwise. There are a variety of drill bits, however the most commonly used is a twisted drill bit, as it is versatile enough to cut into any type of material. This is what is commonly used to drill a hole into a wall or wood when doing home renovations and redecorations.