Every household needs a toolbox, but not everyone is savvy about tools. If you rank amongst the clueless, don’t worry. We’ve devised a list of tips, pointers, and must-haves so that you’ll never be stuck without an essential tool.
This may seem like an obvious toolbox necessity, but it’s important to know that hammers come in a variety of sizes and are good for a variety of uses. So, having a standard use hammer is good, but it’s also useful to have a sledgehammer (for the outdoors, primarily).
Sledgehammers have large, flat heads that are usually made of metal, and they’re great for pounding down fence posts, and performing other tasks that a standard hammer (even one of comparable size) can’t hack.
Everyone remembers to stock their tool kit with screws of various sizes, but almost no one considers their essential counterpart, washers. Having a healthy array of washers, big and small, and of differing types, will enable you to fix essential things in a pinch. For example, a shower head or pipe.
3. Socket Wrenches
People who aren’t intimately familiar with tools often overlook socket wrenches, but they’re an essential item, used with frequency to work on everything from bicycles to home appliances.
Also referred to as ratchets because they are most commonly devised of a metal handle and a ratcheting apparatus, the socket wrench is most useful when paired with a variety of sockets, all different sizes. So, find a kit with multiple socket attachments, and you’ll never go wanting.
Anyone who has worked on electronics or home appliances, anyone who has repaired a bicycle or a lawn mower or a chain saw, anyone who has ever had to try to force un-lubricated metal to twist, turn, or glide knows that WD-40 is the thing you can put in your tool box.
It’s like having a really strong friend around to loosen-up anything that you can’t.
You may think the only tools you need to hang some wall art, or decorate your home are a hammer and some nails, and that’s true, as long as you don’t mind adjusting that framed photograph every single time you walk past it (and realize it’s somehow crooked—again).
Having a level helps with everything from hanging shelving to painting straight borders on the wall. It helps with placing furniture (so that pen doesn’t perpetually roll off your desk), and it makes your wall décor look and feel more professional.
6. Stud Finder
Last, but by no means least, the stud finder not only sounds like a useful tool (right ladies?) but it has so many useful applications, and it may keep you from doing irreparable damage to your walls.
Whether you’re hanging cabinets, a photograph, or hanging something from your ceiling, finding the stud is the only sure-fire way to hang things safely, and a stud-finder makes that super easy.