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Must-Have Tools for Every Skill Level

Must-Have Tools for Every Skill Level

One can do most household repairs and maintenance with a basic set of common tools. These are ten tools that every household should have. They can handle most household tasks with ease.

Screwdrivers are a basic tool; screws hold many things together. There are four types of screws, and common types include slotted, the top looks like a dash (-), and universal or Phillips, the top look like an x (x). The screwdriver tips must be the same type and about the same size as the screw head to work well. Medium size screwdrivers will fit most heads well. One needs a medium Phillips screwdriver and a medium slotted screwdriver.

Two, circular saws are the tools of choice for cutting metal, wood, shrubs and trees or plastic pipes. Wood cutting saws have large teeth while metal cutters have fine teeth. A bow saw is a perfect shape for trees and yard work; they have interchangeable blades to handle wood or metal.

Three, a reversible drill is an ideal household tool because it does tasks quickly and with a minimum of effort. It can drill small ‘pilot holes’ so that nails and screws do not split or crack surfaces when used. With a small accessory pack, it can drive bolts and four kinds of screws quickly, sparing hours of turning by hand. A drill makes furniture repairs and improvement projects easy. One can use a rechargeable 18v lithium-ion battery-powered drill anywhere, without a nearby plug.

Four, pliers come in handy when one must grip, turn, or hold bolts and nuts with power. Pliers come in shapes that give significant advantages. The needle-nose pliers have a long thin tip, and it is excellent for working with small objects, tight spaces, and wires. It has a flat space near the bottom of the tips that cuts wire. Another useful shape is the tongue-and -groove or Channellock; these have long handles and four width settings. They open wide to grip pipes, and provide power to open frozen or rusted bolts.

Five, hammers have an iron or steel head and a wood or padded metal handle. It has a round face for driving nails and delivering force. It can drive nails. A claw hammer has a curved slot in the back, which can grab a nail head and pull it out. A medium sized, steel claw hammer with a rubber grip is excellent for household use.

Six, tape measure helps make precise cuts, or check space requirements. It should be at least 6ft long, with a push-button lock and retractable control. Seven, a level is a terrific tool for finding if something is flat or even. They come in various sizes; a two-foot long level is a convenient size for household use.

Eight, goggles protect eyes from fumes, dust and flying objects. One should wear goggles when doing any task. Nine, safety blades have retractable razors, and are excellent for safely cutting carpeting, tiles, floor laminates, cardboard, and straps.

Ten, adhesive tapes are useful household tools. Friction tape can keep electrical wires in place, and advanced duct tapes resist heat and form strong bonds. They can seal broken pipes and hoses.

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