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The Right Tools For The Job: A Home Repair Checklist

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Save money by repairing systems and items in your home. Repair jobs are difficult without the proper tools. Purchase good-quality tools to make your life easier and safer. Don't scrimp on tool quality, as good tools can last a lifetime. Inside, we'll learn the basic tools to have in your home-repair toolkit, and just why they are so important.


The standard curved-claw hammer is typical toolbox item. The eye is used for pounding nails into wood and the claw part is used for pulling old nails out. This tool will get a lot of use, so be mindful of its quality. There are different-weight hammers depending on your size. Women generally prefer a lighter weight hammer than men.

Screw Drivers

Screw drivers are another standard toolbox item that will get a lot of use. Purchase sets of both flat-head and Phillips (x-shaped) screwdrivers to ensure you have the proper tip for the job. High-quality screwdrivers are worth their price and will last for years.


There are various types of wrenches from open-ended to combination used for loosening and removing nuts or bolt heads. For starters, purchase a set of open-ended wrenches, which have a range of different sizes for all types of jobs.


A cordless, battery-powered drill makes drilling holes quick and easy. Plan its use if needed for a large project, as it must periodically recharged to use without the power cord. Study how to use these drills, as type and size of drill bit is important, yet different, for each project.

Measuring Tape

Your tape measure should be at least 20-feet long and stay rigid when pulled out for accurate measurements when working by yourself. The wider the tape measure, the more likely it will stay in place when pulled to take a measurement. This is useful when measuring large areas, such as rooms.


A level with two or three bubbles that stay centered when an item is completely level is necessary to hang a picture so it is straight and not crooked. It also comes in handy when laying brick or installing countertops. It measures horizontal and vertical levels. The side can be used as a straight edge. Although the most popular size is 30 inches, choose the size that fits your needs.

Miscellaneous Stuff

It always helps to store miscellaneous items, as you never know when you will need them. Keep handy a variety of often-used screws, washers, nails and bolts. Fuses and light bulbs to fit all appliances are also important to keep in stock. Both duct and electrical tape are always good to have around. Adhesives and glues, preferably non-toxic, for working with different materials (think wood and plastic) are essential. Plastic sheets or clean tarps are useful to keep floors or tabletops clean while working on a project.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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