9 Basic Tools Every Homemaker Should Have At Home

9 Basic Tools Every Homemaker Should Have At Home
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Every homeowner needs to do some minor house repairs every now and then, making it necessary to have at least the essential tools at home, unless you’d rather borrow from your neighbor or call a professional plumber each time something leaks.

Being handy around the house and knowing that you are capable of fixing, installing and replacing things if you are a woman is surely empowering.

Keep your home in tip-top shape and be prepared to fix problems at home at any given time. Here are some indispensable tools you’ll need for your very own starter tool kit.

1. Hammer

Whether you are just hanging artwork on the wall or assembling parts of a broken furniture, you certainly need a hammer. In fact, the hammer is one of the most basic tools that every household should have.

As suggested by Doug Mahoney of wirecutter.com, “The best all-around hammer for a home is a 16-ounce curved claw with a one-piece metal design.” Make sure to pick the right one that is both suitable for pounding and pulling out nails.

2. Assorted fastener kit and nails

Assorted fasteners like hooks, screws, and nails of different sizes are important for the tool kit you’re building as they’ll surely come handy when it comes to your minor repairs and small home projects. There are specific nails for wood, concrete, etc., and you’ll want to get the right one for whatever you’re working on. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a pre-packed kit that’ll have everything you need, so you’ll definitely end up buying these items separately.

These small helpers can easily clutter in your toolbox, so, you’ll want to group them in mini drawer organizers.

3. Screwdriver set

Screwdrivers are probably one of the tools that you might use regularly – most often to assemble furniture and to tighten or remove screws. Not sure how to narrow down your options? Aside from Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers, it will be nice to have another set, called precision screwdrivers, for more options and flexibility.

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4. Builders measuring tape

This tool is necessary for an accurate measurement, rather than estimation and relying on your eyes alone. It can be frustrating to have to redo a project just because of a wrong measurement, or return a purchase that is the wrong size. A measuring tape will surely serve you in many situations especially when working alone, so find an easy- lock type.

5. Adjustable wrench

Wrenches are useful when it comes to fixing plumbing issues – gripping, turning, loosening, or tightening things like pipes, nuts, and bolts, so they come in different shapes and sizes. For this reason, you may want to pick an adjustable wrench for a smarter initial purchase than getting several varying kinds, since it offers a better grip and can even work in awkward spaces.

6. Basic set of pliers

Like other tools, pliers also come in different types and can be used in a variety of household projects. However, for minor wire repairs you might only need these three: diagonal pliers for cutting, long-nose pliers for bending, and slip-joint pliers for grabbing. Those with rubberized handles are also recommended in order to get a better grip on the tool.

7. Utility knife

You’ll be reaching for this tool whenever you need to open boxes or even shave woods. It is also ideal for those working on projects at home that require small wires and cables to be stripped or skinned. Choose one with a rubberized handle for an easy grip.

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8. Cordless drill

A drill is a powerful tool that can put holes and drive screws into wood, concrete walls, and other tough surfaces. Choose a cordless model so you won’t have to worry about finding the nearest outlet where you are working.

9. Rechargeable flashlight

Even if your phone does have a flashlight, it may not be enough especially when working over something that requires a much brighter light (you also want to avoid a mishap involving that expensive smartphone). Needless to say, a flashlight is also the first thing you’ll reach out for in the event of a power outage.

Where to buy basic tools online

There’s no need to head out to a hardware store to purchase and build your toolbox -- you can simply add them to your online cart and have them delivered to your doorstep. Here are a couple of shops that you can check out:

  • Ace Hardware – They offer same-day delivery via GrabExpress and regular delivery through 2Go and XDE. Payment methods include credit or debit cards, GCash, and GrabPay.
  • Handyman – Handyman now delivers via GrabExpress and GoRobinsons (Makati, Manila, Pasay City and Taguig). You can pay for your purchases through PayMaya, GCash, and bank transfer.
  • Tolsen Philippines – Tolsen provides nationwide COD delivery via XPOST logistics. It usually takes 3 to 7 days, depending on your area.
  • Lazada or Shopee – Basic tools are available in these popular shopping applications. Just add your preferred items to your cart, and check them out to process the delivery.
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