Ready to renovate? Before you take on your next project make sure that you have the right tools on hand. These 10 tools can help you get more done around the house, whether you’re sprucing things up or undergoing a complete renovation.
Every handy person should have a measuring tape in their toolbox. And it’s a tool that every renter and every homeowner should be familiar with. Tape measures are commonly found in varying lengths, including 12 feet, 25 feet and 100 feet. This tool can measure objects as well as the distance between objects found in and around your home.
Some home improvements can be hazardous. That is why it is important to protect yourself. If you’re working in an environment where flying debris, paint fumes or drywall dust is present, always wear a protective dust mask. Wearing proper safety gear when undergoing improvements around the home can protect you from unnecessary damage to your body and your health.
Not just for hammering nails, your traditional hammer can be used as a wood-splitter, wrecking tool or blade straightener. While you’ll likely use your hammer to put nails in the wall to hang artwork or photos, it might just be of use for another task, too.
Hex keys, also called an Allen wrench, are more like screwdrivers than wrenches. Like screwdrivers, hex keys fit inside of the fastener head rather than around it like a wrench. This tool will come in handy when you are putting together furniture, and it can even be used to tune up a bike.
A sturdy, portable step ladder can help you access hard-to-reach areas around the home. Whether you are painting your living space and need to paint the details around the crown molding or if you need to reach an item that is stored on a high shelf, this can be a valuable tool to keep around.
This tool can be used to find horizontal level and vertical alignment. The multipurpose tool can be used to hang items on the wall and it can also be used for larger projects such as leveling bookshelves and appliances.
Like dust masks, safety glasses are an essential safety tool that all homeowners should wear when working on potentially hazardous home improvements. Safety glasses labeled as high-impact goggles will protect your eyes best, as these types protect more of your face, including the sensitive areas around your eyes.
Socket Wrench Set
From automotive work to small appliance repair, the socket wrench is a valuable tool that can get the job done. The variety of different sizes that you will find in a complete socket wrench set will give you the tools to tackle nearly any home repair task.
There may be over a dozen different types of pliers, but the electrician’s pliers can be used for a range of tasks. These tasks vary from general construction and plumbing to more delicate repairs that require you to work around sensitive wires.
For more complex home improvements or demolitions, such as taking down drywall, a sledgehammer may be required. This tool can be used to break up concrete slabs and can also be used to drive stakes into the ground.
With these tools at your fingertips, you can take on any home improvement with confidence.