Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly handy, you often run across small DIY tasks around the house that you don’t want to pay someone else to fix. Here’s a quick list of the ten tools that every household should own for basic home maintenance.
Retractable tape measure – for any project where you need a precise measurement, from hanging pictures to preparing wallpaper. Also great for measuring how much the grandkids have grown when they visit!
Claw hammer – for inserting or removing nails.
Small cordless power drill – not only for drilling holes but it also doubles as a multi-head screwdriver, with the right attachments.
Set of Allen keys – helpful for assembling and disassembling kitset furniture, fixing bicycles, un-jamming waste disposal units, and can even be used as a lock-pick.
Roll of duct tape – strong, all-purpose tape that can be used for running repairs on just about anything that is ripped or cracked.
Adjustable crescent wrench – handy for tightening bolts on furniture, bikes, loose taps, etc.
Spirit level – for making sure things are even. Note, you can get an app on most smartphones that has this function, but it may not be as accurate as the real thing.
Pliers – for when you need to get a good grip on something. Get a pair with a wire stripper included for extra versatility.
Utility knife – fantastic for breaking down cardboard boxes, cutting wallpaper, and can be used as an emergency pencil sharpener.
A set of jewellers’ screwdrivers – these tiny screwdrivers are indispensable for getting into gadgets, like strings of battery-powered Christmas lights, automated toys, watches, laptops, etc. If you like tinkering with tech, you’ll definitely want a set.