The Inspector

By NPI, Inc.



How to Put Together Your First Household Tool Kit

 June 27, 2019 |  DIY, Home Maintenance |  first-time homeowner

A tool kit is a necessity for any homeowner. Here's a list of fundamental tools that should be included with any beginner tool kit.

You can never go wrong with the humble hammer. From assembling furniture to hanging pictures, this is a tool you’ll reach for time and time again. Look for a 16 oz. head weight for general DIY projects or a 20 oz. head for demolition work.

Utility Knife
Otherwise known as a box cutter, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one of these. Besides the obvious benefit when it comes to breaking down cardboard boxes, you’ll reach for your utility knife whenever you need to cut sheetrock or drywall, slice fiberglass insulation or scratch out old grout.

Different types of pliers are perfect for cutting wire or removing nails. You’ll need a small assortment of sizes and types, like needle nose, wire cutting, locking and tongue-and-groove pliers.

When it comes to screwdrivers, you’ll need two: a Phillips head and a flat head. While you should be good to go with a medium size in both, it never hurts to go for a set of smaller screwdrivers as well. These can be used for repairing eyeglasses, electronics, small appliances and more.

Tape Measure
A tape measure will become crucial during the planning stages of just about any remodeling project or furniture purchase. It’s so important to have a tape measure on hand, in fact, that we recommend keeping one at home and stowing another smaller one in your bag. You just never know when you’ll come across the perfect piece while you’re out shopping.

Don’t forget to level up with a good old-fashioned level (we couldn’t resist). With a level, you’ll never second-guess your handiwork again, and if you invest in a sturdy, well-designed model upfront, you’ll probably never have to buy another one. You can perfectly hang pictures and artwork, drill neater holes and mount towel bars like a pro.

You never know when you’ll need to throw some light on the subject, so having a flashlight in your toolkit is a must. You can either get a normal handheld flashlight, or even better, pick up a headlamp so you can keep both hands free when you’re working in tight spaces.

Cordless Drill
Once you’ve tried out a cordless drill, you’ll never go back! Available in a wide range of prices for every budget, cordless drills help you drive screws faster than doing it with hand tools. You can also change out the bits to drill pilot holes in a wide variety of surfaces.

Paint Can Key
There’s nothing worse than not being able to open that can of paint, stain or varnish you just bought. It’s a diminutive little object, but trust us, you’ll want one of these on hand. In a pinch, though, you can also use a flat head screwdriver.

Packing Tape
Packing tape has all sorts of household uses. It’s just one those things that you don’t realize you need . . . till you need it! Having packing tape on hand will help you pack boxes in a pinch for moving or mailing, help you temporarily hold together materials for projects and more.

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