There are so many things to think of when purchasing a new home. What color to paint the walls, should you get new flooring and on and on! You should be thinking about the tools and products every homeowner should own. Before owning my own home I had the pleasure of growing up in a ETERNAL fixer upper (thanks Mom and Dad). All kidding aside I am happy that I have been helping my parents with their home improvement my whole life.
I have previously made a list of my Top 10 tools for DIY’ers. This list of tools and products are things I have on hand at all times. Some of these tools and products you may have never thought of owning, but let me tell you, you’ll be happy to have them in an emergency.
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LADDERS: I feel like this one needs no explanation? If you need a reason to have a ladder and step stool then think of a clogged gutter in a downpour and a light bulb that need’s changing. If I had to choose only one I would get the step stool. I have literally used it to paint my entire upper floor, change light bulbs, install all my light fixtures and hang my double industrial conduit curtail rods.
FLASHLIGHT: You really should have a couple of these on hand. Useful in so many way’s. Again a no brainer.
TAPE: Tape will save you in sticky situations. TEE HEE! Okay so maybe not ,but, it is very versatile around the house for temporary fixes all the way to stopping a plumbing leak. I always have painters tape, duct tape, teflon tape and electrical tape.
GLUE: I use the glue around the house in so many different ways. Wood glue is so vital to me because all I have is wood everything! I found that having the jewelry glue has come in handy when I need to mend things that are mid-century modern and have no replacement parts. Lastly super glue, cuz its super glue. DUH!
DRY WALL REPAIR: Yes, you will eventually get a hole in your wall. If you’re like me you will get angry at a wall because the wall paper won’t come off and tear the whole wall down…Yup, that happened. For most small holes and dings I use spackle and a putty knife. For the big jobs like putting up drywall I use joint compound and drywall joint tape. In order to “feather” out the joint compound you will need some good drywall finishing blades. ALWAYS wash and completely dry the blades after each use or they will rust!
HAND SAWS: Okay, if I’m honest I could own saws for every task. I love a good saw. Saw’s I own are a Drywall jab saw, for repairing and making holes in drywall. Hack saw, for cutting PVC and miscellaneous things. Wood saw, great for making small cuts to wood (better if there’s a miter box included). Lastly a Coping saw, great for making intricate cuts in wood.
WRENCHES, SOCKET SETS AND PLIERS: Lumping these tools together was not by accident. Often times when I’m in need of one of these I need them all. A Pipe wrench is a must have, no questions! Socket and crescent wrench sets are relatively inexpensive and are handy to have to fix the garage door and multiple things in a car. If you love to shop at IKEA then you already may own a good amount of Allen wrenches but if not, having a good set with multiple sizes is great. Pliers, pliers and more pliers. Lastly, a Electrical wire stripper and cutter is key to successfully changing out sockets and light fixtures.
EXTENSION CORD: Running the leaf blower or vacuuming the car is what I love using it for. I couldn’t use any of my electric tools if I didn’t have an extension cord. I own a 100 footer.
“FINISHING” TOOLS AND PRODUCTS: These are just a few of the things I own for “finishing” a project. I narrowed it down to the few things that I could not live without. Caulking and a caulking gun are used in my house more than I’d like to admit. It is needed to seal cracks and to finish wood working jobs. Maybe you haven’t ever heard of a nail set before but if you like to trim anything out, make frames or put up wainscoting then you need these little guys. Assorted grit sand paper is like a painters fine brushes. Take a crappy piece of wood and turn it into a master piece with a little elbow grease and some sand paper. And finally steel wool. Planning on doing any sort of plumbing projects or maybe making some industrial curtain rods? You will need some steel wool.
UTILITY KNIFE: I shouldn’t have to explain why you need this! I use my utility knife ALL the time for something simple like opening boxes to something more complex like scoring drywall. E–SSEN–TIAL!
RUBBER MALLET: If you plan on pulling trim off or putting it on; I found that my rubber mallet was the least destructive in helping with this.
WORK GLOVES: Have you ever put up fiber glass or glass subway tile? SPLINTER CITY!!!! Trust me. A really good pair of work gloves will save your hands from damage and pain.
EMERGENCY PRODUCTS: Having lived through a house fire and a house flood I can assure you that I am never going to be without a few good Fire extinguishers and Water detectors. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE have these in your house! Not only can they save your life but also potentially thousands of dollars.
CLEAN UP: Where there is any construction there is dust and dirt. I have a great old push broom that I used inside and outside the house during my larger constructions projects. A simple angle broom and dust pan are a must for the little jobs. I LOVE MICRO FIBER. Okay that got weird. What I mean to say is I love really good quality microfiber clothes. They are super versatile and can manage to clean a greasy mess as well as remove my makeup. Swifter sweeper mops are pretty awesome as well. I add about 10 drops of peppermint oil to mine to keep the bugs from wanting to hang out in my house.
GOOD OLD FASHIONED TOOL KIT: After all that and you see this tool kit. Yes, I own this exact one, but I still need all of the afore-mentioned tools and products to keep a functioning and happy home.
Proper tools and products can not only save you money but a headache if you have them on hand when their needed. You can find my Top 10 tools for DIY’ers here. Happy fixing!