Tool Box Plans

Knowing what to put in a tool box, and what to use it for is a large part of home repair, find out here.

Many times you need a screwdriver or a hammer for some simple repairs but don't have the necessary tools at hand, and have to either borrow from a neighbor, or do without. Maybe you want to build a tool kit for the house but are not sure what you should have in it. Here are the basic hand tools and what you will want them for.

Start with a good sturdy box to keep the tools in. A fishing tackle box or a toolbox will work. You will want something that is small, easily carried, and can close up with a lock if you have small children around. Having a small removable tray to carry just the tools you will need for a specific project is a big plus, but not absolutely necessary.

You should have your safety glasses, flashlight, and work gloves in the box before you add anything else. Simple safety precautions can save you more than the cost of the safety equipment many times over. If you suffer from allergies, or anticipate doing frequent jobs where you will need to sand, it is a good idea to have a dust mask in your toolbox also.

While not necessary to have in the toolbox, they are nice to have handy are some disposable rags and a good hand cleaner. You will want to also keep some wood glue, super glue, as well as epoxy/resin glue. These will come in handy for minor repairs as well as extra insurance on bigger repairs. You will also want some electrical tape, duct tape, and some masking tape; these will be used for many different repairs, as well as serving as an extra pair of hands if you don't have anyone who can help. A small assortment of sandpaper will help speed some repairs along the way.

An assortment of nails and screws is a must. Many hardware stores sell nail and screw assortments, and while you are getting those, you might want to pick up a washer assortment. Washers can protect the surface of something that you are screwing together, as well as serve as a spacer if your screw is a little too long, until you can get the right size.

A couple of screwdrivers, flat or regular, as well as a Phillips, or cross tip should be in your toolbox. At least one should be an insulated one; in the event you need to do some electrical repairs. You will be better off getting good quality tools to start, as they are less likely to break, or rust.

You will, of course, need a hammer. Find one that matches the types of repairs you anticipate having the most of. A lightweight hammer works well for hanging pictures and tightening up furniture. A heavier hammer is for construction or more difficult repairs. You can use a lightweight hammer for construction jobs, but you will need to use more energy to get the same job done.

Saws come in many different sizes, shapes and uses, one that you will definitely need is a hacksaw. A hacksaw can cut through metal to facilitate repairs, or to cut that chain off the bicycle that has lost the key to the lock. You will also want a universal saw, this saw will cut both with and against the grain, and can be used for many simple home repairs, as well as construction jobs.

A utility knife with a few spare blades is beneficial since it can be used for scraping off old caulk or cutting tile, and carpet for repairs. You can also use it with a straight edge to mark a cutting line. You may also want to have a window scraper for actual scraping jobs.

Pliers, wire cutters and vise grips are all good to have, and come in many different sizes and configurations for different jobs. If you can only have three pliers, you should have a pair of needle nose pliers, a vise grip, and a pair of slip joint pliers. With those three you can improvise for almost any job.

No toolbox would be complete without a simple caulking gun; this can be used for replacing caulk around sinks, and tubs, using liquid nail for construction jobs. The same can be said of a staple gun, as a handy lightweight-fastening tool this can almost eliminate the need for a hammer.

This list is not complete by any stretch, but will enable you to get most home repair projects started, and frequently finished. As you perform home repair tasks you will find yourself adding tools to you toolbox, to complete the tasks that you have most commonly.

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