Just the basics – tools, that is, to have in every home. These are so practical you probably already acquired some of them even if you’ve always been a renter. Keep these 18 tools together, in a 5-gallon bucket, plastic crate or tool bag so you don’t have to hunt for them when needed. Here’s a list of tools we think should be in everyone’s closet or wherever you decide to store them.
duct tape You’ll find duct tape is the solution to everything from temporarily patching shattered glass or a torn screen to wrapping the sole of a flapping gym shoe around the top of the shoe.
safety mask Whenever you use chemicals i.e. painting, refinishing, etc, put on a respirator mask to avoid accidently inhaling toxic fumes.
wire cutters You’ll use these plier-like cutters designed to cut wire and small nails whether you’re running wires to or from an entertainment center or working with with wire to repair a small appliance.
safety googles Wear safety googles when you’re pounding a nail with a hammer, working with chemicals or doing any projects using striking tools to protect your eyes.
claw hammer Hanging pictures, removing nails, whatever the job, a claw hammer is a necessary tool that doubles as a meat tenderizer when covered with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
screwdrivers A blade screwdriver fits into a single screw slot and a Phillips head screwdriver has two intersecting slots, both fasten pieces of wood or material together and come in various sizes.
cordless power screwdriver This battery-operated tool is a small handheld driver with both blade and Phillips head screwheads.
plunger The rubber suction cup on a wooden stick is used to force out clogs in plumbing lines like a toilet or drain.
slip-joint pliers This adjustable pliers allows a range of adjustments to grip something firmly.
adjustable wrench This tool will loosen and tighten nuts and bolts and ease the lid off a jar.
caulking gun This pistol-like dispenser made of metal or plastic is designed for caulk or adhesive in a cartridge.
torpedo level Use to adjust the height of an appliance, shelf or picture by holding it either horizontally or vertically.
flashlight On countless occasions a flashlight will lead you out of darkness, direct light in a dark corner of a cabinet and help you get a look at difficult to reach places.
steel tape measure Choose one with a thumb lock to keep the tape from rewinding and use to measure rooms, furniture, closet space, garden beds and more.
hacksaw If you need to cut metal a hacksaw makes quick work of the chore.
Allen wrench A set of these wrenches lets you assemble knock-down furniture and any “some assembly required” items.
utility knife This pistol grip knife cuts floor tiles, trims wallpaper and opens heavy cardboard boxes just to name a few household chores.
household scissors Cut everything – wallpaper, fabric, shelf liner, tape of all kinds – with a basic pair of household scissors.
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You’d be surprised at how easy some basic plumbing repairs can be and how much you will save by doing them yourself. We’re not talking major plumbing work that requires the skills and tools of a professional plumber, we’re suggesting need-to-know jobs you can complete without a big investment in tools and materials.
If you’re a homeowner these are life skills you’ll be glad you have that involve repairs and replacements in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and basement that keep your water systems working, conserve water and prevent water damage. Even if there was no plumber in your family, there’s no reason you can’t learn these simple tasks a homeowner is called on to do. Plus you’ll enjoy saving money and the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
Goof-proof Plumbing Repairs
1. Save 74% and repair a toilet by replacing parts that over time wear out and deteriorate.
2. Insurance agents tell us there’s a lot of claims for water damage due to cracked washing machine hoses. Make this replacement and save 71% for your work.
3. Conserve water and still enjoy a refreshing shower with a new showerhead and pocket a 61% savings for making the swap.
4. If you’ve ever had a flooded basement you know how important it is to replace a sump pump that takes away the water . You’ll save 59% by making the replacement.
5. You can’t afford not to try unclogging a sink drain and save 84% before calling in a pro.
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After all the holiday decorations are packed away and stored for another year and your home life schedule gets back to normal, your home probably seems empty like ours does when all things red and green are removed. It’s a good time to pay attention to your home and take a little time to assure that all its systems are clean and functioning in proper order. These 10 items are inspections and basic cleaning jobs to make sure all systems are working.
Replace filters or wash permanent ones in heating system
Check for leaks in forced air heat duct joints and seal with duct tape
Look for indoor condensation on windows and cure
Vacuum coils of refrigerator condenser
Check refrigerator door seal for airtightness by closing it on a dollar bill half in and half out. If it pulls out easily the hinge may need adjusting or the seal may need to be replaced
Inspect and clean the spray arm and strainer of dishwasher and flush with vinegar
Unclutter the utility closet and reorganize
Inspect air leaks in electrical outlets and install foam gaskets to seal them
Label the electrical outlets in the power circuit panel
Compile product warranties
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