Being a home-owner is more than simply cleaning the house, paying the bills and inviting everyone round for a curry on Friday night. You will need to do routine maintenance on the property and from time to time, things will break that you will need to fix. While you could phone your Uncle Jerry to come around every time a light bulb blows itself, this in and of itself is quite time-consuming. Plus it is unfair of Uncle Jerry to have to drop everything to come round when you could simply do the job yourself.
In order to be able to perform regular checks and various DIY repair jobs on your home, you are going to need some essential tools. Here is a list of (non-exclusive) everything a home-owner should have in their home so that you can fix any faults that come your way. Take a look!
Whether you’re doing some routine maintenance in the loft and need a light source, or you want to add a bit of music to your garden party and your cords don’t quite reach into the garden, an extension cable is incredibly useful. Extension cables are built to last, are easy to lift and move around and also come with brightly coloured cables so that you do not trip over any outlying cables.
Torch/Portable Light Source
Most home-owners should have some sort of portable light source in their home. In the unlikely event (these things do happen still) that all the power goes out in the middle of the night, you will need another type of light source to get you through the night. Torches come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and different strengths so get a few different ones. A couple of hand-held torches are helpful for day to day use, while larger torches can be used as a definite source of light when all else fails.
Set of Screw Drivers
As a property owner, things will break from time to time so it is important that you have the tools to fix them. A general screw driver set will give you everything you need to tighten most types of screws in furnishings, electronics and portable devices.
Duct Tape – Duct tape provides a quick, temporary fix for keeping things together. While it should never be used as a permanent solution, it is a good temporary solution and can help if you are short on time.
Insulation Tape – Insulation tape is important for covering exposed wires. Insulation tape comes in a range of different bright colours so that they are clearly visible for health and safety purposes.
Gorilla Glue – High quality, powerful super-glue is a good tool for fixing chipped plant pots, broken toys and decorations that have gotten smashed or otherwise broken. The glue dries clear so if you manage to marry up the two broken pieces well enough, often you cannot ever tell it was broken in the first place.
A Stanley knife is a useful little tool that helps you cut a number of different materials safely. The knife can be retracted so that you do not worry about cutting yourself and can be fully retracted when not in use. Stanley knives are strong and durable and can cut paper, cardboard, plastic and even small wires where required, so they are crucial for any home-owner who is interested in DIY.
Retractable Tape Measure
Have you ever heard of the old saying “Measure twice, cut once?” You can’t reasonably expect to be able to perfectly fit a kitchen, or build a window seat, or install a new desk without a retractable tape measure that will let you know how much space is available. Accurate measurements are incredibly important in home renovations, as wrong measurements can be both time-consuming and costly to fix.
Who doesn’t have a single pencil in their home? If you are prone to doing DIY work, alongside a retractable tape measure, a wooden pencil is essential. You will need to mark screw hole lines, mark off edges for sanding, draw up diagrams and more, so there is no excuse not to have a spare pencil handy.
Other Tools to Consider
Cable Cutters and Cable Strippers – You may need to do a little small-scale electrical work from time to time. Cable cutters and cable strippers turn a difficult job into an easy one as you can quickly cut your wire into the lengths desired and strip them using the cutters and strippers.
Voltage and Continuity Tester – You might not be sure as to whether or not a piece of electrical equipment still works properly. A voltage and continuity tester will be able to test whether or not any electrical circuits (such as light bulbs or fuses) are live or safe.
Hand Saw – A decent sized saw for cutting wood and some plastic.
Hack Saw – A smaller saw for smaller jobs, including small metal pipes, trimming down window blinds to size and making small adjustments to wooden shelving units where needed.
Standard Pliers and Fine Nose Pliers – Standard pliers allow you to grip and secure items like pipes, rods, wires and more. Fine nose pliers are good for twisting small wires and for securing smaller items like screws, nails, needles and more.
Of course, there are a number of additional tools you may need to conduct routine maintenance on your property. However, it is important that you do prepare yourself to some extent, and that you are willing to give DIY a go. After all, it is your house at the end of the day, so you should know how to look after it properly!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent writer partnering with Quality Ironmongery – a gate furniture specialist based in Doncaster.