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Tools Every Homeowner Should Have for Basic Repairs

As a homeowner, being equipped with the right tools can save you time, money, and stress when it comes to tackling basic repairs around the home. Whether it's fixing a leaky tap, tightening a loose doorknob, or hanging a picture frame, having a well-stocked toolbox is essential. In this blog, we'll outline five essential tools that every homeowner should have for handling common household repairs.

1. Screwdriver Set

This will be your most commonly used tool. Whether it's Phillips head or flathead screws, you'll encounter them everywhere in your home, from assembling furniture to tightening cabinet hardware. Opt for a good quality set that includes both types in various sizes to cover a wide range of tasks. Magnetic tips can also be incredibly helpful for preventing screws from getting lost in tight spaces.

2. Adjustable Spanner

An adjustable spanner is versatile and can be used for tightening or loosening nuts and bolts of different sizes. It's particularly handy for plumbing repairs, such as fixing a leaky pipe or installing a new tap. Look for a spanner with a comfortable grip and smooth adjustment mechanism for ease of use.

3. Tape Measure

A tape measure is indispensable for accurate measurements when hanging pictures, installing shelves, or planning home improvement projects. You’ll regularly need to measure areas or items before purchasing replacements or parts. Choose a durable tape measure with both imperial and metric measurements, and consider one with a locking mechanism to hold the tape in place when extended… and watch your fingers when retracting the tape at speed.

4. Hammer

From driving nails to hanging artwork to assembling furniture, a hammer is one of the most basic yet essential tools for homeowners. A claw hammer with a smooth face for striking nails and a claw for removing them is ideal for most household tasks. Consider the weight of the hammer and choose one that feels comfortable in your hand for extended use.

5. Pliers

Pliers come in various types, but a pair of slip-joint pliers is particularly useful for gripping, bending, and twisting objects. They're handy for tasks such as tightening bolts, pulling out nails, or holding small objects securely. Look for pliers with cushioned handles for comfort and a firm grip.

Bonus Tool: Cordless Drill

While not essential for every homeowner, a cordless drill will quickly become your favourite tool. It can greatly expand your capabilities for DIY projects and repairs, from drilling pilot holes to driving screws, a cordless drill makes tasks quicker and easier, especially in areas without easy access to plug sockets. Choose one with multiple speed settings and a variety of drill bits and screwdriver attachments for versatility.

By investing in these essential tools, you'll be well-prepared to handle a wide range of basic repairs and maintenance tasks around your home. Remember to store them in a designated toolbox or drawer for easy access whenever needed. And if you ever encounter a repair that's beyond your expertise or comfort level, don't hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be delighted to help. With the right tools and know-how, you can keep your home in top condition for years to come.

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