5 Essential Equipment for a Household Tool Kit

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5 Essential Equipment for a Household Tool Kit

Staff Writer · May 11, 2010

Everybody should have a household tool kit, so even if you live in an apartment and you consider yourself inept when it comes to household repairs, make sure you have the bare essentials. While a landlord should be able to address the major issues in your apartment, you should have your own kit on hand for emergencies and for fixing your own possessions.

1 – Screwdrivers

Easily the most used tool in a household tool kit, a screwdriver can be used to change batteries on virtually any household appliance that has its battery compartment more securely in place. A screwdriver can also tighten loose screws on things like eyeglasses, stuck door knobs, electrical outlet covers and more. Make sure you have multiple screwdrivers in different sizes. You need at least a few Phillips head (four-pronged) and slotted (flat) screwdrivers, in small, medium and large sizes.

2 – Hammer

While you don’t have to be heavily involved in do-it-yourself projects, having a hammer in your household tool kit can come in handy if you find a loose nail in your apartment, whether on a window sill or under a table. A hammer can also be used to break apart an object you’re having difficulty breaking into pieces, such as chunks of ice, but be sure to practice safety when you use a hammer for these kinds of purposes.

3 – Wrench

Anyone who’s ever had to put together a piece of furniture or a toy at home knows how handy a wrench can be. A wrench in your tool kit can be used in do-it-yourself projects, assembly projects and other projects that require the fastening of nuts and bolts. The simplest kind of wrench for the inexperienced to use is the adjustable-end wrench or a monkey wrench.

4 – Pliers

Pliers go hand-in-hand with many of the other tools in your kit, such as the hammer. Instead of using your fingers to keep the nail in place before you use the hammer, which can lead to disastrous consequences, particularly if you’re inexperienced, you can use pliers. You can also use pliers for fixing pipes and cleaning out sharp appliances that get clogged, such as a paper shredder or a blender. Flat-nose pliers are best for holding nails in place and needle-nose pliers are best for projects without a lot of maneuvering room.

5 – Measuring Tape

A measuring tape is handy for more than just do-it-yourself projects. You may need a measuring tape to measure the area in a room in which you want to put a new piece of furniture, for example, so that you don’t buy something that’s too large or much too small. You can also use the tape to measure doorways to make sure the item you’re moving into your apartment can fit without being broken down. A measuring tape also comes in handy for sewing projects and measuring your size for clothes.

The basic household tool kit consists of tools that even the most inexperienced can easily learn to use. Once you have these items on hand, you’ll find yourself able to fix up the basic things that go wrong around your apartment, leaving you feeling smarter and more in control of your life.

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