Every homeowner is going to be faced with a situation at some point in which they are going to require tools. Whether it be hanging pictures, putting together the kids bunk beds or that new entertainment center.But what tools should a new homeowner invest in? This article will list what I consider to be the basic tools that every homeowner needs. I will also describe what to look for in each tool. Hammer-First off you will need a knock. What type of clobber? This should be a typical “claw” pound. You know the ones I am talking about, they have a head that has a curved claw opposite the striking surface. This curved part is used for pulling nails and different types of prying operations. There are many kinds of claw hammers and for the average homeowner I recommend one that has a weight between 12 and 16 oz. There are some claw knock that have a straight claw instead of a curved claw and these are used mainly in the construction industry as “framing clobber”. Carpenters use them when they are framing a house and are generally heavier. I recommend ones with a sturdy handle of either wood, metal or fiberglass.
This is going to be a personal choice on your part but beware of some of the metal handles, as they are “hollow” and are made of soft metal that will either bend or break when used in the prying motion, Screwdrivers-There are many kinds of screwdrivers. For the average homeowner I recommend having both a standard head screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver. A standard head screwdriver has a blade that tapers to a flat point and fits into the straight slot on the screw. The Phillips kind screwdriver has a head that is shaped like an “X” and fits into the cross shaped slot on the Phillips head screw. If you want to save some money you can buy a combination kind screwdriver handle that comes with compatible driver bits that slip in or out of the handle. Slip-joint pliers-This type of pliers as the name implies has an adjustable pivot point which allows the jaws to open wider. This is accomplished by a slot at the pivot point. This allows the user to position the object that he is gripping closer to the pivot point giving more gripping power. These type of general purpose pliers can be used for any gripping actions like turning a nut or pulling small nails. Handyman Watford