Purchasing a new home?? 15 Tools every homeowner should own

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in Home Inspections, Uncategorized | 0 comments

15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Standard plunger
The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means  exhaustive. Feel free to ask our home inspector during your next inspection  about other tools that you might find useful.
1.  Plunger
A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient  household problems that you will face. With a plunger on hand, however, you  can usually remedy these plumbing issues relatively quickly. It is best to have  two plungers — one for the sink and one for the toilet.
2.  Combination Wrench Set

One end of a  combination wrench set is open and the other end is a closed loop. Nuts and  bolts are manufactured in standard and metric sizes, and because both varieties  are widely used, you’ll need both sets of wrenches. For the most control and  leverage, always pull the wrench toward you, instead of pushing on it. Also,  avoid over-tightening.

3.  Slip-Joint Pliers

Use slip-joint pliers to  grab hold of a nail, a nut, a bolt, and much more. These types of pliers are  versatile because of the jaws, which feature both flat and curved areas for  gripping many types of objects. There is also a built-in slip-joint, which  allows the user to quickly adjust the jaw size to suit most tasks.

4.  Adjustable WrenchCaulking gun

Adjustable wrenches are somewhat awkward to use  and can damage a bolt or nut if they are not handled properly. However,  adjustable wrenches are ideal for situations where you need two wrenches of the  same size. Screw the jaws all the way closed to avoid damaging the bolt or  nut.

5.  Caulking Gun
Caulking is the process of sealing up cracks and gaps in various structures  and certain types of piping. Caulking can provide noise mitigation  and thermal insulation, and control water penetration. Caulk should be  applied only to areas that are clean and dry.
6.  Flashlight
None of the tools in this list is of any use if you cannot visually  inspect the situation. The problem, and solution, are apparent only with a  good flashlight. A traditional two-battery flashlight is usually sufficient, as  larger flashlights may be too unwieldy.
7.  Tape Measure
Measuring house projects requires a tape measure — not a ruler or a  yardstick. Tape measures come in many lengths, although 25 feet is best.   Measure everything at least twice to ensure accuracy.

8.  Hacksaw A hacksaw is useful for cutting metal  objects, such as pipes, bolts and brackets. Torpedo levelHacksaws look thin and flimsy, but they’ll easily cut  through even the hardest of metals. Blades are replaceable, so focus  your purchase on a quality hacksaw frame. 9. Torpedo  Level Only a level can be used to determine if something, such as a  shelf, appliance or picture, is correctly oriented. The torpedo-style level is  unique because it not only shows when an object is perfectly horizontal or  vertical, but it also has a gauge that shows when an object is at a 45-degree  angle. The bubble in the viewfinder must be exactly in the middle — not  merely close.
10.  Safety Glasses / Goggles For  all tasks involving a hammer or a power tool, you should always wear safety  glasses or goggles. They should also be worn while you mix chemicals.
11.  Claw Hammer A good hammer is one of the most  important tools you can own.  Use it to drive and remove nails, to pry wood  loose from the house, and in combination with other tools. They come in a  variety of sizes, although a 16-ounce hammer is the best all-purpose choice.
12.  Screwdriver Set It is best to have four  screwdrivers: a small and large version of both a flathead and a  Phillips-head screwdriver. Electrical screwdrivers areWire cutter sometimes convenient, but they’re no substitute.   Manual screwdrivers can reach into more places and they are less likely to  damage the screw.

13.  Wire Cutters
Wire cutters are pliers designed to cut wires and small nails.The side-cutting style (unlike the stronger end-cutting style) is  handy, but not strong enough to cut small nails.

14.  Respirator / Safety Mask While paints and  other coatings are now manufactured to be less toxic (and lead-free)  than in previous decades, most still contain dangerous chemicals, which is why  you should wear a mask to avoid accidentally inhaling. A mask should also  be worn when working in dusty and dirty environments. Disposable masks  usually come in packs of 10 and should be thrown away after use. Full and  half-face respirators can be used to prevent the inhalation of very fine  particles that ordinary facemasks will not stop.

15.  Duct Tape
This tape is extremely strong and adaptable. Originally, it was widely used  to make temporary repairs to many types of military equipment. Today, it’s one  of the key items specified for home emergency kits because it is water-resistant  and extremely sticky.

From  15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own – InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/15-tools.htm#ixzz34WydsoxR

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