Each home needs a tool kit that is well stocked to assist you in fixing daily repairs to significant home improvements. Below are ten essential items that you should store in your tool bag.
1. Screwdriver Set
Screwdrivers help tighten cabinet hardware, open paint cans, and install light switches. This set will help in getting screws in, getting the screws out, and lever lids. To use a screwdriver, you should rotate slowly and steadily and not press because it is not a nail but a screw.
2. Tape Measure
A tape measure in your toolbox comes in handy. You can measure anything, including the lumber thickness and wall area. A tape measure should be spring-loaded with a slide-grasp that holds the tape in position. Tape measures have rigid housing that makes them easier to store.
This is a toolbox staple. A hammer will amplify force to a specific, focused point. It is helpful in fitting parts together, driving nails, and breaking apart small objects. A hammer perfect for most duties is a claw hammer.
It is also called a spanner. They help set a grip on bolts or nuts using the handle as leverage for simple turning. Thus, the longer the wrench handle, the greater the force. Using a spanner, be slow and steady to avoid stripping the fastener.
This equipment helps loosen tough fasteners, cut wire, pull nails, and add extra grip. Most pliers are spring-loaded to reduce the time manually opening the handles after every use. This feature has made pliers very convenient. Also, use an insulated pair of pliers if it is going to be used in electricity.
6. Utility Knife
A utility knife is helpful in many tasks such as carving marks, opening boxes, and even cutting through tough bindings.
7. Spirit Levels
They work in keeping everything built, hung, or installed, including photos, horizontally perfect. The basic level is called mason’s level or carpenter’s level. Spirit levels are very easy to use. They are highly accurate and can display precise angle readings.
Torches will bring light when there is not enough or none. A standard torch must be long and thick enough to be easily held in one hand. Move your torch steadily for optimal lighting. Store your torch near a charger or fresh pair of batteries.
This is a holding device used in handiwork to press objects together or hold items down. Clamps can act as your third hand. Using clamps is hard to hurt yourself, but you should ensure you tighten them up before use to avoid damaging the surface.
10. Safety Gear
Items of personal safety wear are essential items in your toolbox. The safety gear that you are most likely going to need in your toolbox include gloves and eyewear. Suitable working gloves need to be thick enough to allow cushioning of your hands from the tool you are using. Eyewear will help to protect your eyes from sparks, bright lights, and flying particles.