Electrical tape, duct tape, painter’s tape… Keep one of each in your toolbox, for these are incredibly useful: creating straight lines when painting without leaving pencil marks all over your walls, taping wires together so you don’t trip on them, and packing boxes – tape will save you.
While perhaps you will not be sanding a wooden cabinet every day, you will be able to clean and sharpen your scissors and clean up tile grout rather easily.
No matter if you’ve got a demolition job on your mind or you have to build a shelf, what you need is a god hammer. When you’re looking for the right hammer for you, make sure it is heavy enough to break things apart, but also that it’s not too heavy so you can carry it around. Opt for claw hammer at first, since you can remove old nails with it as well if need be.
Flathead screwdriver has a single blade that can fit into the single slot of a flathead screw, and you can use it for more things as well: scrapping and prying things for example. On the other hand, Phillips head screwdriver has a four star point at the end. This will allow you to apply more torque than you would with a flathead screwdriver.
No matter if you have a bathroom problem you need to fix, for example a toilet that has to be removed or a leaky faucet that has to be replaced, you are going to need locking pliers. These are great for loosen nuts and bolts and you will be able to fix everything quickly.
Needle nose pliers
Electricians use them, but you can use it around your house as well. You can fix a piece of jewelry, strip, cut, and bend wire as well. Not to mention you can use them to get something that has fallen to that particularly inaccessible place behind the cabinet since they are long and skinny.
For those who travel and move a lot and have to work in places where electricity is weak (or perhaps non-existent), a set of cordless tools is a must: drills, saws, nailers, flashlights... Even if you don’t move or travel often, you never know if the power is going to go off and you’ll be left with unfinished work for hours. Have a few cordless tools at hand and you will not have to worry.
When packing your toolbox to go someplace, make sure you keep your utility knife somewhere on top, since it is probably going to be that one tool you will use the most. Cutting, slicing, and dicing practically anything, scraping things as well, and a dozen more tasks will prove to be perfect for this super sharp knife. Painter’s tape stuck to the wall? Just take your utility knife and take care of it. Carpet too big? Utility knife can fix it in no time.
When you have a well-equipped toolbox, you always know where to find and where to look for everything you need. Another useful thing to always have in your toolbox is a small jar with nails, hooks, screws and bolts, so you will have those at hand if need be.
Author: John Stone ~ Editor, SmoothDecorator