So you have your own place. Its a wonderful feeling. The sense of ownership, of being the one who makes the rules. The problem is no one gives you the rule book that says every once in a while something breaks and you may be the one who has to fix it.
Some issues are very minor, but the simplest problem becomes that much harder without tools to fix them. Here’s a beginner set of tools / things you should always have around the house.
1. Screwdriver set
Always have a good set of screwdrivers on hand. The two most common are the simple ‘blade’-type for slotted screws, and Phillips for ‘cross’-type screws. Get a set that has 3 lengths of each type and restrain yourself from getting the ones with the interchangeable tips. Many of these are not professional grade and tend to break easily. I do recommend insulated ones for when you have to replace an electrical socket.
You can also get a cordless drill /screwdriver if you like, however make sure that the one you buy comes with two battery packs or you’ll find yourself in the middle of a project with a dead battery. Also make sure it has adjustable torque settings to help prevent you stripping screw heads.
These handy little items can be used for tightening drawer handles and any screws in furniture that want to start to fall apart from regular use. They also come in handy when you need to take your PC case apart to put in that new upgrade!
Start with a regular claw hammer. They are sturdy and can come in handy in a number of ways. From putting in those nails to hang your pictures to pulling them back out, they are always needed.
3. Measuring tape
Get a sturdy, easy to read measuring tape. I recommend a 25′ one. There’s a golden rule to be followed with any project: Measure 3x and cut once.
4. Duct Tape
There are over a million uses for duct tape. You can use your imagination here. From plumbing to furniture, inside and out of the house, there’s not much that it wont do. Enough said.
5. Electrical tape
Sometimes you will need a small amount of this stuff, and even though you can use Duct Tape, it’s best to use the electrical tape on anything electrical in the house.
These are always handy to have when you need to open a package with that new video card you ordered. It also makes life easy when cutting that duct tape.
You will need this to change that pesky light bulb or to reach that one hard to get to shelf. I recommend one of those two or three step ladders that can be folded away behind a door or under the bed when not in use.
Always keep them on hand. AA,AAA,C,D and a couple 9 volts (the rectangular ones) for whenever you need them.
9. Flashlight / candles / matches / lighter
Ever needed to change a blown light bulb at night in the dark? Yep, that’s when its good to have a flash light. There are cheap LED ones you can wear on your head that keeps your hands free. Also, Power outages happen. Make sure you have a flashlight next to your bed and one in a common room. You’ll need them to get to the candles. The matches and / or lighter should be close to your candles.
10. Needle nose pliers
At bare minimum you should have these. They can be used in tight spaces and insulated ones are recommended. When you do get a chance you should add regular insulated pliers, a pair of channel lock pliers and a set of snips or wire cutters.
11. Permanent Markers
Very useful when you need to mark something because pens and pencils just dont work well on drywall and wet surfaces.
12. Razor knife & screws
Having a razor knife handy will save some headaches opening packages from the home improvement store. Am I the only one who thinks that bank vaults are less secure than some of that wrapping? Have a set of nails and 1 inch or 1 1/4 inch drywall screws. They always come in handy.
Make sure that you have a tool box to keep the majority of these items in. Whats the use in having the tools to do the job if you cant find them right?