Tools That Every Household Should Own
A couple of weeks ago I was at a friends place for a party. While we were at the party, the faucet in his kitchen started leaking and there was puddle of water below the sink. They had a pull out kitchen faucet where the tubing had come lose from the spout due to regular use and started leaking. All we needed to do was to use a wrench to tighten the tube that connects to the spout to stop the faucet from leaking.
To my surprise they did not own a basic wrench. Lucky for them, I always carry a toolkit in my car for emergencies which has a wrench and we were able to fix the problem immediately. They have lived in this house for almost three years now and the only tool they own is a basic run off the mill screw driver set with four different bits. I was amazed to know that a homeowner would not have certain basic tools that a household should carry for emergencies to be able to fix basic stuff at home.
In this blog I am going to provide a list of some basic tools that I believe every household should minimally carry.
1. Basic Tool Set
Every household should carry a basic tool set which minimally contains a hammer, a tape measure, a pair of pliers, basic ratcheting wrench set, screw driver with a few hex, Philips and torx bits and basic hex key wrench set. The picture shows the one I own. This is a basic set that I bought for $40 from Walmart almost 10 years ago. It’s a great set and contains every tool that a household would need for any basic household repairs.
Here are some basic tool sets that I would recommend for any household.
- Hyper Tough 116-Piece Home Repair Tool Set
- STANLEY 94-248 65 Piece Homeowner’s DIY Tool Kit
- General Tool Kit (86-Piece)
- Kobalt 109-Piece Household Tool Set with Hard Case
You don’t need to splurge on a tool set. You should be able to get a tool set with all the tools you need for basic home repairs for $50 – $70.
2. Utility Knife
A utility knife is another important tool that every household should own. A utility knife is a very versatile tool and can be used for opening a box, scoring and cutting a paper board or a dry wall or even using it to tighten or loosen a flat head screw in case of emergencies.
3. Stud Detector
A stud detector is a tool used to detect studs behind the drywall. A stud detector is a very important tool if you need to hang something on your walls that is heavy and you need to put the screws in the stud to be able to bare the weight. You need this tool if you need to do basic household chores such as hanging a photo frame or wall mounting a TV. You should be able to get a basic one for around $20.
4. Tongue and Groove Pliers
This is a tool that you will need for all your basic plumbing needs. This is an adjustable tool which fits most popular plumbing nuts. You can use this tool to tighten a nut in a leaky faucet, install a new kitchen or toilet faucet, install a new trash compactor etc.
For a regular household a 6 in. tongue and groove plier should suffice. This should be able to cover most of the simple household plumbing needs.
5. Power Drill
A power drill is a very useful tool if you need to drill holes in your drywall for screws to mount a television or to put up photo frames. You can even connect your screw driver bits to the power tool and use it as a power screw driver to assemble things such as a furniture. If you are a fan of Ikea fan you should be aware of the time it takes to assemble their furniture. It only takes half the time using a power tool to assemble an Ikea furniture.
For your basic household needs you need at least an 18 V power tool. Anything less than 18 V is not powerful enough and anything more than that is simple too powerful for basic household needs.
Here are a list of some reasonable priced power drills that you can consider buying.
- Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit
- Ridgid 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Speed 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit
- Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Compact Brushless Cordless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver Kit
- Dewalt 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver Kit
6. Drill Bit Set
What’s the point of owning a power drill if you don’t have a drill bit set. If you decide to buy power drill, you should consider buying a drill bit set to go with it. A basic 21-piece drill bit set such as the one shown here should suffice for most of the household needs.
A flashlight is a must have for every household. I would actually recommend that you have one flashlight in the house and one in you car for emergencies. I would recommend buying at least a 500 lumens LED flashlight. You can find recommendations of good flashlights here.
8. Safety Glasses and Work Gloves
Safety is paramount when you are trying to do any household repairs. Always wear safety goggles when doing any repairs. You can buy a good safety glass for as low as $5 – $10.
Always wear a work glove when doing any repairs. Things such as utility knives, drill bits are prone to breaking. Wearing a glove will protect you from any accidents. You should be able to find a good work glove in any hardware store.
I believe everyone who owns a house should at least own all the tools listed above. These tools should be sufficient for basic household repairs. You don’t have to break the bank in buying high end tools. Basic run of the mill tools should be more than enough for basic household repairs since these tools do not get used frequently.
Please share your thoughts on other tools that you have found to be useful for a household to own in the comments section below.