When it comes to tools, men can roughly be divided into two distinct groups – DIY enthusiasts who like to stockpile every new piece they can find and the people who like to leave the task of home maintenance to experienced professionals. If you are reading this post, the chances are that you belong to the latter group, and that you have learned the hard way that you do need to have some tool essentials in the house in order to keep the damage under control until the repairmen swoop in to save the day. Here are 5 tools you should, by any means,keep in your toolbox.
It should not be that big of a surprise that utility knife is designated for cutting, but when you take a look at all the materials this essential tool can cut through you will see what makes it so essential. So, whether you want to cut some wires, take care of plastic, rubber, linoleum and paper, or even assign it to occasional screwdriver duty, the utility knife will have no problem dealing with any of these tasks. Take as much time to find more tools online as you want, just make sure that the knife arrives first.
Interchangeable Multi-Bit Screwdriver
Of course, as far as screwing and unscrewing goes, the utility knife should be used only in the time of emergency, while the majority of these duties should be taken care of with the dedicated screwdriver. Now, in the most of the cases, you will be able to get away with the regular “Philips” head, but just to be sure, buy the interchangeable multi-bit screwdriver with as much different head types as possible. Rubber handle that will allow you stronger grip would be a nice addition, too.
Adjustable Crescent Wrench
Although it is highly recommended to obtain all the different kinds of regular and socket wrenches somewhere in the future, as for now you will be able to deal with the majority of situations that require the involvement of one relying solely on the adjustable “Crescent” wrench. Much like with the screwdriver, you should aim for one that will allow you a firm grip to compensate for the situations where this type of wrench may not be the best suited.
Unlike previous tools, pliers are usually made to serve one, very distinct purpose, so no matter which one you chose, if you opt only forone you will end up missing some functionality. Here are the two types you will probably need the most, though:
- Needle-nose plier. Usually used for some precise work (dealing with jewelry and electronics), needle-nose pliers also feature a very handy wire-cutter functionality.
- Locking (mole) plier. These pliers can be locked into some position (hence the name) using an over-center action, so they can be easily used as knobs, or when you need to hold something together.
Although it is the simplest and the bluntest instrument on this list, hammer still found a way to make things if only a little bit complicated, so when choosing one, you will need to find your way through various sledgehammers, gavels, and mallets, but the one you should be looking for is the regular claw hammer that will cover most of your basic needs.