20 Essential House Repair Tools

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Is it actually possible to have too many tools, or is it more likely that you do not have enough? With so many house repairs requiring a different tool, it is good to have your bases covered. It is when you have tools in triplicate that you might be starting to err on the excessive side. Truthfully, however, tools can wear out and/or break, so having two of something is acceptable in my book. Once things start to form extended families with five or six members, perhaps a line should needs to be drawn somewhere.

As your tool collection begins and continues to grow, what are the most important pieces in your arsenal? What do you require in the first place, before backup pieces are considered? If you could only have a set amount of tools for work around the house, let's say 20 for example, what would they be? Although we each have our own unique house repair project needs, here is a good start to any collection:

1. Screwdrivers of various shapes and sizes are essential to many projects. Having a flathead as well as Phillips is a good start but are far from the full range of what you might need. Purchasing a set of screwdriver bits will go a long way towards the completion of many projects.


2. Hammers serve multiple purposes and are just plain good to have around. A good all-around hammer is a rip-claw weighing just over a pound (16 ounces).

3. Tape measurers are key to completing a lot of jobs correctly the first time and should be a part of any and every tool kit. They are available in several sizes but if you plan to only purchase one, make it count, getting something of great length (25 feet) that is wide and durable.

4. Utility knives are great for cutting drywall, paneling, shingles, insulation, and much more. Retractable blades are the safest option but be sure to keep an eye on the blade, ensuring it remains tightly secured at all times.

5. A Maul is a combination tool that is part axe and part sledge hammer
but all business. It is great for everything from splitting wood to
tearing down walls.

6. Let's not forget pliers! Whether they are needle-nose, locking, linemen's, or pump, the bottom line is that you need pliers.
7. Having a Hacksaw can prove invaluable where cutting metal is considered along with cutting ceramics or glass.

8. Chisels are especially handy if you have woodworking plans, but if not, a mere couple of chisels should be enough to cover your basic needs as opposed to a full set.

9. Adjustable wrenches save you the trouble of finding just the right size when you have a job to do in a hurry, such as removing nuts and bolts or bending steel.

10. C-clamps can be used for gluing materials together, clamping
materials to act as a vise, and more. A good universal size is about 8
inches although many more sizes are available.


11. Circular saws equipped with the proper blade can cut just about anything including wood, plastic, iron, steel, ceramics, or even bricks and will time and time again prove to be one of the most useful tools you will ever own.

12. Shovels are often overlooked but also often needed. Whether you need to dig a hole or remove loose materials from your home, call upon a shovel to get the job done.

13. Take a drill for a spin to get jobs such as inserting and removing screws, grinding, and buffing completed. Something along the lines of a 3/8" variable speed reversible drill is good for many purposes.

14. Extension ladders are often needed for those hard to reach places such as roofs. Aluminum is light and wood is durable but fiberglass does not conduct electricity, so choose your ladder wisely and use it carefully at all times.

15. While we're at it, we might as well add a stepladder to the list since you can't exactly whip out an extension ladder to change a light bulb in the hallway.

16. Wrecking bars can help with prying, pulling nails, pulling trim away from walls, and many other things as well. They are basically an enhanced crowbar that is easier on the surfaces on which it is used and less likely to damage nails.

17. Files such as a four-in-hand can be used to reshape surfaces and smooth edges from many types of material. Just don't use one on glass!

18. Combination squares are great for squaring corners, marking saw cuts, and making accurate measurements. A 12 inch model is entry level and good for basic jobs around the house.

19. Nut drivers have hex sockets but appear similar to screwdrivers. With them you can reach deep into spaces to remove nuts that a wrench, pliers, or socket would not be able to touch.
20. Last but definitely not least are safety glasses! No matter what the job is, how big or how small, make it a habit to wear safety glasses. You can purchase safety glasses cheaply and should absolutely do so to protect your eyes, which are priceless.

To achieve this starter list of 20 useful tools, some shopping may be in order. Adding to the list or taking away based on your own personal house repair or project needs may be necessary as well. The ultimate goal is to always have what you need when you need it so if a disaster strikes and something must be immediately repaired, you will be equipped to do just that. There nothing worse than needing a tool in a crisis and not having access to it, so prevent such a scenario from taking place by covering your bases from the start.

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