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6 Basic Tools that Everyone Should Have Around the House

Not everyone is a handyman. You may even prefer doing anything else other than tinker with appliances or attempt to repair stuff around the house. Regardless, it can be convenient to have a few basic tools lying around. There are countless tasks that are often made easier with the right tool, many of which you might not even have considered purchasing.

It can be hard to know which tools will be useful and worth buying. Here are six tools that will definitely be of service to you.

  • Hammer

This one might seem obvious, but there are so many practical uses for a hammer that requires little skill. They are perfect for hanging pictures on the wall or putting together assemble-yourself items. Hammer claws can be used for removing nails and ripping apart materials. There are many different kinds, but a basic, inexpensive hammer will do the trick.

  • Screwdrivers

This is another very basic tool that is easy to use. Screws can come loose on objects all around the house and are often used to install devices such as light switches. Having a screwdriver will allow you to easily accomplish these tasks. They also make ideal opening devices. 

Screwdrivers, however, can be a little more complicated to shop for. There are many different sizes and types of screws. A basic set should cover most scenarios and are worth investing in.

  • Tape Measure

There are definitely apps for this, but it is much more convenient to have a physical tape measure. If you ever need to get your flooring done, it can be helpful to know how much square footage you are working with. Similarly, you can get an idea of how much paint you will need for your wall space before heading to the hardware store.

The uses of a tape measure beyond home repair are also infinite. Measure your kids’ heights or your own for online shopping. Be exact when making a craft or arranging décor.   

  • Pliers

When you are working with tiny objects that need to be firmly held in place, pliers can get the job done. They are also great for cutting certain materials and bending metal into various shapes. There are many different useful kinds, so sets of pliers are often a good idea. Needle-nosed pliers, for instance, can be used to grab a tiny object wedged in a small space.

  • Wrenches

These tools are not always necessary to purchase in sets. Wrenches are similar to ratchets and sockets but have slightly different purposes. Buying a few adjustable ones should be sufficient, as they can be modified to fit different-sized nuts and bolts. They can be used to tighten or loosen fasteners on sinks or mechanical devices.

  • Chainsaw

At first, this purchase might seem intimidating. A chainsaw can definitely be dangerous if used incorrectly. Make sure you know how to operate the one you buy and follow all safety guidelines. Gloves and safety goggles might also be a purchase worth considering. It is equally important to buy the appropriate kind from a quality vendor. Websites such as Thetoolboss.com specialize in reviewing durable chainsaws specifically for homeowners.

A chainsaw may also seem like an extreme purchase. Who would ever need one? You would be surprised by how frequent it is a practical option. Bushes might be hanging over your sidewalk or driveway. Tree branches can creep over your fence into the neighbour’s yard. A chainsaw will help keep your yard clean and tidy. You might even take advantage of extra wood and use it to chop your own firewood!

When purchasing these tools, remember that they do not have to be anything fancy. Many of them can be found for cheap prices at your local hardware store or online. Make the investment and be prepared the next time you are faced with a simple home repair!

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Harpreet Dandiwal

Harpreet Dandiwal is a medical professional who works at a reputed hospital in Chandigarh. The passion for writing and love for Chandigarh makes Harpreet a contributing author on ChandigarhMetro.com.