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A Few Tools You Absolutely Must Have To Do Projects And Repairs At Home

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Posted By Candace M.

When my spouse and I first got married, he naturally was given a basic toolkit so handle minor repairs and projects around our apartment. For the most part, however, we relied on the management-provided maintenance services to handle things.

That isn't to say that my spouse could not take care of such repairs, it was simply that we did not have the resources. Now that we have purchased our own townhouse, for which we are mostly responsible, we know that we must begin investing in quality tools to handle everything from minor adjustments to major projects.

But which tools do we have to have, and which are just unnecessary luxuries? I started looking into the matter so that both my spouse and I would know how to select tools and which ones we would actually need in order to keep things running smoothly in our new home. If you're in the same situation, then let's talk about how you should go about this.

First, you need to determine that your tools will truly be an investment. Sure, you can find most of the major tools you will need made by a bargain brand at a cheap price.

But often, those particular tools will break easily, be inefficient, or not do the best job--or all of the above. For example, your bargain drill may not drill straight. You might dismiss claims like these, claiming you would never notice, but you might end up doing some serious damage in the long run.

Once you have made up your mind--which you can do by checking out extensive customer reviews on various pieces of equipment online--then you need to start building your collection, so to speak.

If you don't already have the foundational tools, start there. You will, of course, need a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, a level, a pair of pliers, a substantial hammer, and a tape measure. You will also want to have a handy small flashlight ready when you need it.

When you are shopping around for the basics, you should think about finding some tools that do double or triple-duty. For example, locking pliers naturally do the job of a typical pair of pliers, but they can also serve as a wrench or even a welding clamp!

When considering a proper drill, you should weigh your options when it comes to corded or cordless. Cordless drills can be much more convenient, but keep in mind that you do have to charge them, and if you forget to do so before a major project, you might be delayed.
Also, the battery will eventually wear out have sometimes the whole drill much be replaced when this happens.

Getting equipped with all of the tools you will need can take time, and that's okay. If you have a major repair or project that needs attention, consider borrowing or renting household tools until you have the money to get your own. But I do recommend getting your own eventually, not making a habit of borrowing, as this will get old for both you and your friends/neighbors.

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