For those of us that always have DIY projects underway, an extensive toolkit is something that we deal with daily. However, it is not complicated to create that essential toolkit that helps get each new home improvement project going. Here are a few tools that should be in every homeowner’s toolkit to keep things running smoothly.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Keeping a level on hand ensures that things are even. A standard level will keep a line horizontal relative to the earth’s surface. The bubble in the middle indicates whether the line is level, which is especially important for the installation of shelves or hanging pictures. When these aspects of your project are even, it just adds to that aesthetic of cleanliness and good design.
It is important – scratch that, crucial – to make sure that you measure correctly before cutting or nailing anything. A tape measure is another essential tool that comes in various lengths to meet your home or project’s needs. It is even okay to have a few different lengths and brands if necessary. A speed square, used to make basic measurements and mark lines, should also find its place in the toolbox.
It is a no-brainer to keep a proper hammer on hand in any toolbox, whether you are a novice or an expert. Whether you need to hang a picture or build a new wall, a hammer will be one of your toolkit’s most critical tools. If you aren’t sure what your home has in store for you, invest in a common 16-ounce hammer that is not too heavy, but can drive a good nail. It is best to find something with a comfortable handle.
Cordless Drill and Screwdriver Set
Remind yourself that you may need to be undertaking a wide variety of projects. Arm your toolbox with a good set of drivers and bits, with an assortment of heads that should including phillips, slotted, allen, and square. Check out your local home improvement store, or a website such as Screw Fix, and stock up on these tools to ensure that you are ready for anything and everything.
A screwdriver set is invaluable when it comes to having a proper basic toolkit. You need these tools for everything from prying the lids from paint cans to opening battery components. The best of these tools have magnetic tips and comfortable grips to make the process easier.
While the above tools are critical, you want a well-rounded toolbox. Add duct tape, safety goggles, work gloves, rags and pencils (better than a pen), superglue and WD-40. Check your tool box regularly, as these crucial elements may run out and saddle you with a time-consuming trip to the home improvement store when things need to be fixed quickly.
While you may or may not be someone who often undergoes large home improvement projects, you need to stay organized. In order to find the tool that you need when you need it, invest in a quality toolbox or a great set of bins and labels to keep everything in its place. When you can find things easily, you can fix them quickly and move forward.
Home improvement is an ongoing process. As we live busy lives, start families, and want to add to our homes as we add to ourselves, our homes are always growing with us. By keeping every essential tool in the garage, you can truly be ready for anything, from a leak in the bathroom to building a new child’s nursery.