Tools Every Homeowner Should Own
following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means
exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector
during your next inspection about other tools that you might find
A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household
problems that you will face. With a plunger on hand, however, you
can usually remedy these plumbing issues relatively quickly. It is
best to have two plungers -- one for the sink and one for the toilet.
Combination Wrench Set
One end of a combination wrench set is open and one end is a closed
loop. Nuts and bolts are manufactured in standard and metric sizes,
and because both varieties are widely used you'll need both sets of
wrenches. For the most control and leverage, always pull the wrench
toward you, instead of pushing on it. Also avoid over-tightening.
None of the tools in this list is of any use if you cannot visually
inspect the situation. The problem, and solution, are apparent only
with a good flashlight. A traditional two-battery flashlight is usually
sufficient, as larger flashlights may be too unwieldy.
7. Tape Measure
Measuring house projects requires a tape measure--not a ruler or a
yardstick. Tape measures come in many lenghts, although 25 feet is
best. Measure everything at least twice to ensure accuracy.
A hacksaw is usefu for cutting metal objects, such as pipes, bolts
and brackets. Hacksaws look thin and flimsy, but they'll easily cut
through even through the hardest of metals. Blades are replaceable,
so focus your purchas on a quality hacksaw frame.
9. Torpedo Level
Only a level can be used to determine if something, such as a shelf,
appliance or picture, is correctly oriented. The torpedo-style level
is unique because it not only shows when an object is perfectly horizontal
or vertical, but it also has a guage that shows when an object is
at a 45- degree angle. The bubble in the viewfinder must be exactly
in the middle--not merely close.
10. Safety Glasses / Goggles
For all tasks involving a hammer or a power tool, you should always
wear safety glasses or goggles. They should also be worn while you
11. Claw Hammer
A good hammer is one of the most important tools you can own. Use
it to drive and remove nails, to pry wood loose from the house, and
in combination with other tools. They come in a variety of sizes,
although a 16 ounce is the best all-purpose choice.
It is best to have four wscrewdrivers: A small and large version of
both a flathead and a Phillips-head screwdriver. Electrical screwdrivers
are sometimes convenient, but they're no substitute. Manual screwdrivers
can reach into more places and they are less likely to damage the
13. Wire Cutters
Wire cutters are pliers designed to cut wires and small nails. The
side-cutting style (unlike the longer end-cutting style) is handy,
bnut not strong enough to cut small nails.
Resperator / Safety Mask
While paints and othe coatings are now manufactured to be less toxic
(and lead-free) than in previous decades, most still contain dangerous
chemicals, which is why you should wear a mask to avoid accidentially
inhaling. A mask should also be worn when working in dusty and dirty
environments. Disposable masks usually come in packs of 10 and should
be thrown away after use. Full and half-face respirators can be used
to prevent the inhalation of very fine particles that ordinary facemasks
will not stop.
15. Duct Tape
This tape is extremely strong and adaptable. Originally, it was widely
used to make temporary repairs to many tyoes of military equipment.
Today, it's one of the key items specified for home emergency kits
because it is water-resistant and extremely sticky.
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