The toolbox can be a life-saver for Prairie Springs homeowners. Even people who don't consider themselves handy can use their tools to mitigate major problems until a professional can be called in. Whether it's a leaky pipe or a malfunctioning water heater, homeowners should stock up on the following tools. Here are a few tips for mastering the art of everyday maintenance.
Spring for Quality
There's no need to buy the most expensive tools in the hardware store, but it's equally important to avoid inferior products. Homeowners who wouldn't know the first thing about a power drill may want to pick user-friendly items in the middle of the pack. Luckily, the reviews for tools today are more detailed than ever before. Owners will get a sense of the tool's benefits, disadvantages, and quirks. This research can be the key to actually using the tool in the middle of a crisis.
This list is not extensive, but should get homeowners started:
- Utility knife
- Ratchet screwdriver
- Crescent wrench
Those who need a little practice should get as familiar as possible with this list. Adjustable pliers and utility knives, in particular, can really go a long way in a variety of situations. They can be used in any number of repair scenarios. Scrape, cut, and adjust different components around the home to stave off major repairs. For tools homeowners are unlikely to use very often, such as a floor sander, it will be more cost-effective to rent rather than buy.
Dust masks, gloves, and goggles are all customized safety gear, which can protect residents and homeowners from hazards, injury or accidents. Experts recommend picking up a few sizes so everyone can use the equipment without having to worry one of the items won't fit. Buy an electricity tester to gauge the current, so there's less chance of damage if a wire or a fuse malfunctions.
Stocking a toolbox is meant to be done over time, with homeowners building their stock as they improve their skills. As homeowners get a feel for each tool in different situations, it will be easier to select new products to enhance the toolbox and make the work more efficient.