Below, we detail crucial tools that will help you with a large majority of the common repairs and fixes you may need to complete.
The Right Clothes for Working InBefore you even start on the work you want to complete at home, you need to get geared up with the right clothing. That means wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and are comfortable to work in while in multiple positions.
An old t-shirt and pair of jeans can be great or even sweatpants for this. In the winter, using an old hoodie can also be good, plus you’ll have the hood to lie on when you’re lying on your back. If you are making multiple repairs over a series of days, weeks, or months it may be best to get professional workwear that’s designed to be tough and durable.
Using a Claw Hammer for Home Repairs
It’s pretty likely you own one of these already. A claw hammer is simply a classic hammer with a curved piece of metal included on the back that has a V-shaped notch. This notch is designed to easily extract nails from surfaces such as wood without damaging the nails or the surface.
Claw hammers are one of the most universal and versatile home repair tools and can be used in a wide variety of projects. There are even ones that can help make it more comfortable in your hand to use and can endure harsh conditions to last for a long time.
A Complete Manual Screwdriver SetAlso something you probably already own a few of in some capacity, screwdrivers can be used in a wide variety of of applications. We recommend purchasing both a Phillips (star pattern) and flathead (flat pattern) at the most basic level, but getting one that also has a square head and other patterns will enable you to work on more.
Different sizes of screwdrivers can also be helpful to work on different sized screws and prevent you from stripping the heads of them.
A Cordless DrillWhile a good cordless drill is obviously useful for drilling, the multitude of attachments and drillbits you can use mean a whole range of uses open up to you for home repairs or home improvement. A cordless drill enables you to even fill the role of a manual screwdriver if you have the right bit for it—making it easy to install larger screws.
Several Types of PliersAt some point there’s a high chance that you’ll run into needing extra grip for pulling something out, putting something on, or just a little better handle on something as you’re using it. A good set of pliers will do all that.
It’s best to get at least 2 kinds of pliers:
- Needlenose pliers (for when you need to grip something small or get into a small space)
- Tongue and groove pliers (useful for tasks that involve fastening and crimping).
Purchasing each of the aforementioned tools will give you an excellent starting toolbox of great tools to solve many of your problems as a homeowner.