DIY: Basic Tools Guide

Learn which tools are required for certain jobs around the home, so that we can perform home maintenance. Checklist of common toolbox equipment.

It is often commented on that if you just had the right tool for the right job, then the job would take you half the actual time to do. And that is so true, for certain jobs around the house, there are certain tools that you need to do them. Here are just some of the tools that you need to have to get those little messy jobs around the house done easily.

1) Screwdriver: Probably the most invaluable tool that you will need around the house. They come in either the flathead or phillips variety. The flathead screwdriver is your average screwdriver, and the tip of it is flat - hence the name " flathead". These are designed for straight slot screws, which are usually found in things like door hinges and anything where metal is fastened to metal.

The other type of screwdriver is the philips or " star" screwdriver. These are used for pozi-drive screws, which are usually found in wooden fixings, etc.

These two types of screwdriver are the most common used around the house, and it would be a good idea to have a variety of different sizes on hand. What you could do is go to your local hardware store and purchase a screwdriver set, which will usually work out cheaper than buying them individually.

2) Always a good idea to have on hand is a hammer. The most common type to get is the standard claw hammer. The claw piece is great for removing stuck in nails that just won't budge. It will grab it like a claw and slowly pull that nail out.

3) Another useful tool set to have on hand is a socket set. Those nuts and bolts all come in different sizes and shapes. Also there are two different kinds of measurements: the " Imperial sockets" and the " Metric" sockets. So be careful to check that you are using the right sizes for the job.

4) Adjustable spanners can also come in very handy, especially in areas where the socket will need a lot of strength to loosen it, as a socket set piece may break if you are not careful.

Once you have these basic tools on hand, you will be able to accomplish a lot of basic maintenance jobs around the house with relative ease. However there are some more tools that will be needed in time, such as: electric drill, saw, skill saw, cordless drills, rivet guns, and chisels.

One other thing to keep is mind is to always keep your tools clean and well maintained; this will add considerably to their life span. Also keep in mind that you will come across some jobs that may seem to be a real pain in the backside for you to do by yourself. For these kinds of jobs, it will pay for you to call in a professional who knows what he or she is doing. Doing this could actually save you time and money in the long run. But having those right tools for the job will save you both time and wasted energy.

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