Basic Tool Kit
Here are some tools no household should be without.
- Hammer: A 16-ounce hammer is a good choice. But you may want to add something lighter, like a 12-ounce hammer, for small jobs.
- Screwdriver: A 4-way screwdriver offers an assortment of tips and sizes in one tool.
- Utility knife: This tool is indispensable. Buy one that has a retractable blade, and buy plenty of extra blades.
- Measuring tape: Buy one that is at least 25 feet long. If it is an inch wide, it will be sturdier than narrower styles; this is important when you need to extend it to measure tall windows or between walls.
- Saw: You can buy one that is small enough to fit in your toolbox. Make sure the blade has a cover so it is protected -- and so are your hands!
- Putty knife: This inexpensive tool can be used for everything from spackling to prying out nails.
- Pliers: Buy more than one kind. Try to include long-nose pliers, cutting pliers, and groove pliers.
- Goggles: Keep these wrapped in a piece of flannel cloth with your tools so the lenses won't get scratched.
- Cordless drill: Choose one that comes with a wide assortment of drill bits and screwdriver bits. This won't fit into your toolbox, but you should have one on hand.
- Assortment of nails, screws, hooks, wire: Put these in a plastic container that has many small compartments.
- Work gloves: Consider keeping two pairs, one for light tasks and one for heavier tasks.