12 Tools That Every Do It Yourself Homeowner Needs
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Every do-it-yourself type homeowner has a garage, shed or tool room filled with everything they need to build or repair just about anything in the house. For those who are just embarking on the do-it-yourself journey, determining the necessary tools can be a bit of a puzzle. Tools are a great choice for a his and her shower, a housewarming gift or as a gift for yourself. Basic tools never go out of style and they don't change very much over the years. A 20 year old hammer is just as useful as a brand new shiny one.
Where do I Start?
Just like any new journey, beginning with the basics is a good idea. Many times those new to the world of home owning and repair become mesmerized by all of the new, cool tools. They may stand in the aisles of the hardware store drooling over an awesome laser level, but if you are just beginning to stock your toolbox -- don't start there. If you are looking for a good gift for a new do-it-yourselfer -- these are your top options.
25 Foot Tape Measure
A tape measure is an invaluable tool in just about any improvement or repair project. Besides repairs or improvements, tape measures come in handy when planning for furniture placement or determining the correct window treatment size.
16 Ounce Claw Hammer
16 ounce hammers are considered mid-weight hammers. They are small enough to and light enough to sink a finishing nail and yet strong enough to drive a 16 penny nail. The claw comes in handy when removing old nails or to pry away unwanted molding and other building materials.
Utility knives are used in a wide variety of projects ranging from cutting asphalt shingles to trimming vinyl floor tiles to cutting carpet to fit around an obstacle. Always keep a supply of sharp blades.
Multi Bit Screwdriver
Multi head screwdrivers typically have a hollow handle that houses a few different size flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers. For a beginning it is the perfect little tool
Any handy homeowner knows a pry bar is necessary for removing molding, stair treads, taking apart framing as well as prying nails. Pry bars are invaluable when it comes to tearing down old drywall or an old shed.
Cordless drills both drill holes in walls and building materials and sink screws with ease. Choose a cordless drill kit that comes with an assortment of drill bits and drivers. Also look for a cordless drill that has an extra battery so, if you are doing a big job you won't have to stop and wait for the battery to charge.
24 inch Level
Do-it-yourselfers use levels to make sure pictures, wall hangings, chair rails and walls are level and plumb. A 24 inch level is small enough to check the level on a picture and yet large enough to plumb a new stud or fence post.
As the name suggests, an adjustable wrench can accommodate a variety of sizes. Tighten the jaws or loosen them depending on your project. Most do-it-yourselfers can get away with a 10 inch adjustable wrench. You may also need a penn wrench for smaller adjusts like removing handle nuts on many different spinning reels and other accessories.
Chalk lines help do-it-yourselfers keep lines straight when installing tiles or are a great help when finding the exact center of a room.
Angle squares help to mark both straight lines and make or mark angles for corners -- invaluable tool for molding installation.
A power saw makes cutting through a variety of building materials a breeze. Choose extra specialty blades to cut through wood, plastic, masonry materials or metal.
Never Forget Safety
When engaging in any improvement or repair project, safety is first last and always. The importance of protecting yourself from injury cannot be stressed enough. Most handy do-it-yourselfers know the basics like don't put your fingers in the path of a blade or don't cut on an unstable surface, but safety goes beyond that.
Using power tools or working in a loud environment can harm your ability to hear. In almost all cases, the damage cannot be undone. The damage to the hearing happens slowly over time -- it is barely noticeable until the day the TV is blasting and you can't hear the person on the other end of the phone. Prevent the damage with hearing protection.
Working with chemicals that may splatter or splash, splintering wood, flying bits of metal or a wayward nail can all find their way into your sensitive eyes. If you think wearing safety glasses or goggles is not necessary -- tell me that after you have metal drilled out of your eye. Protect yourself with safety glasses or goggles. If you plan on working with chemicals, choose chemical resistant splash goggles.
Dust Masks and Respirators
Small particles of saw dust, drywall dust, masonry dust, plastic dust, mold exposure or harsh chemical can damage the lungs and respiratory tract. It is important to protect yourself from airborne contaminants when doing a repair or improvement.
After collecting all the necessary starter tools and equipment -- your handyman or do-it-yourselfer will need a place to store the tools. Choose a toolbox with lots of room because in no time you will have it filled.
Tool Box Tip
Store a few pieces of white chalk in your tool box. White chalk will keep your tools from rusting and are convenient when it comes to marking cutting lines or the location of screws or nails. Yellow chalk work well also, but always avoid red chalk because it can permanently stain wood surfaces.
These are 12 Tools for Do It Yourself Homeowners. Hope it helps!