If you own a home or car, you’ve probably felt the frustration of looking at a maintenance task and realizing that you don’t have the tools to handle it. Performing basic maintenance and routine servicing can save you money and help you better understand the systems in your home and personal vehicle.
But to do that you need tools. In this blog, we list six essential tools and teach you how to find them.
Complete Your Toolbox
With only a few tools, you can handle most fundamental maintenance jobs. Try and secure at least these six tools if you can.
1. Adjustable Wrench
For plumbing and some automotive jobs, you’ll need to loosen or tighten nuts and bolts. If you’re a professional handyman, you may want a full wrench set. Otherwise, opt for a compact adjustable wrench.
2. Extension Cord
When you work with a power tool, whether it be an air compressor or a saw, you need a cord to power it. For most jobs, an extension cord between 20 and 50 feet in length will suffice. However, if you have a long driveway or unattached garage, you may need a 100-foot cord.
Choose a model suited for both indoor and outdoor use since these sturdier cords last longer.
Whether you’re hanging a picture over your mantel or mounting a shelf in your shed, you’ll need a claw hammer. Hammers come in many shapes, sizes, and weights, but for a basic toolbox, look for a 16-ounce hammer with a synthetic handle.
A hammer this weight and length gives you enough leverage for most jobs without weighing you down, while a
synthetic handle lasts longer than a traditional wood one.
4. Measuring Tape
A measuring tape is your best friend. Bring one with you whenever you shop for new furniture to ensure you find a couch or table with the right dimensions. Choose a locking measuring tape to simplify the task.
You can use a single set of pliers for everything from fashioning DIY wire jewelry to holding a nail steady. If you have trouble maintaining a firm grip, look for locking pliers that do the work for you.
6. Screwdriver Set
Most household appliances feature at least one screw. Add a flathead and a Phillips head screwdriver to your collection.
This list only represents the basic list of homeowner’s tools. Talk to a sales representative at a home improvement store, hardware store, or pawn shop for more ideas on expanding your tool collection.
Find Your Tools
While you can purchase many of these tools new at a reasonable price at your local hardware store, second hand options often offer reliable items at a lower price. Look for tools in these locations:
- Estate sales: Local estate sells often include the owner’s tool set. You may find what you’re looking for amongst someone else’s collection.
- Pawn shops: Because pawn brokers appraise items before accepting them, you’re more likely to find name-brand, high-quality tools well worth your investment.
- Thrift stores: If you frequent a local thrift store, check its hardware or home improvement section for the tools you need. While thrift stores don’t have consistent inventory, you may find a bargain.
Remember, if you purchase power tools second hand, you should check them in the store before buying them. If you don’t feel sure about a particular tool in a thrift store or estate sale, wait to find another one. In a pawn shop setting, address any questions you have with the broker.
To ensure you always have the tools you need for home and automobile maintenance, find the tools listed above. To learn about investments, collateral loans, and pawn shop merchandise, read our other blog posts.