Ready To Build Your First Homeowner's Tool Kit? Pack These 3 Items!

Posted on: 10 April 2023

If you've recently purchased your first home, you will quickly become acquainted with the need for routine maintenance and repairs. Even brand-new homes will inevitably develop issues, and being able to tackle a few problems on your own can save a lot of money. Of course, you'll probably want to make a few improvements and upgrades along the way, and those will require tools, too.

You probably already know some basic things you'll need, but what about more advanced tools? Keep reading for three tools that are easy to overlook but critical for many do-it-yourself projects around the house.

1. Cordless Impact Driver

You'll quickly learn when working around the house that cordless power tools are worth their weight in gold. These tools can deliver as much power as corded tools without leaving a frustrating cable to tie you down to an outlet or get in your way. And if you're just getting started on your cordless tool collection, an impact driver should probably be one of your first choices.

While cordless drills are excellent in many applications, an impact driver can do most of the same jobs while often being lighter and more compact. Eventually, you will want to branch out with more power tools, including a traditional cordless drill. Still, an impact driver can help you drive fasteners, drill wood, and get plenty of projects done without requiring as much space or weighing as much.

2. Lots of Screwdrivers

You've got a Phillips-head screwdriver and a flathead, so you're all set, right? The unfortunate reality is that most homes are anything but consistent. If your new home has had several previous owners, they likely all used various screws as they worked around the house. Even professionals, such as plumbers or HVAC technicians, may not always use standardized for repairs or maintenance.

A good screwdriver set with a wide range of lengths and head sizes will provide more value than you may expect. A combination of long, normal, and stubby screwdrivers will also make it easier to reach fasteners in challenging locations or even use your flat heads as prybars in a pinch. The more variety you have, the easier it will be to tackle most jobs.

3. A Good Pipe Wrench

The humble pipe wrench is the unsung hero of the homeowner's toolbox. While working on cars often involves having a wide range of different wrench and socket sizes available, plumbing work typically goes faster with an adjustable wrench. Since a single job may involve pipes and joints of numerous sizes, a pipe wrench is an ally you won't want to live without.

A single, high-quality pipe wrench can help you fix a leaky sink, replace an old showerhead, or do everything in between. If you think you might have a decent amount of plumbing work in the future, consider investing in a set of pipe wrenches with multiple sizes.

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